Safety

Your child’s safety is paramount at Westgarth Primary.

Travelling to school

The area around the school has been set up to make walking to school as easy as possible. A pedestrian crossing on Bastings Street is staffed by a crossing guard between 8.40am and 9.00am and between 3.30pm and 3.50pm. Lights control pedestrian crossings on Clarke Street, Victoria Road and South Crescent.

During the primary years, children reach a point where they can walk to school independently. When children are ready to walk to school, parents may want to:

Work out a safe route for travelling to and from school.Take a trial walk to school using the route identified.Go over safety routines for crossing roads.Identify safety houses along the route (see details of the Safety House program below).Discuss with children "what if" situations where they may feel threatened, and how to react in these situations.

In the school grounds

There are two teachers on playground duty at all times.

Children are not allowed to leave the school grounds at any time unless accompanied by an adult.

School visitors

Signs around the school ask that all visitors report to the office. This is in order to ensure the safety of all students, staff and parent community. A visitor is generally defined as a tradesperson, delivery person, or member of the public working at or visiting the school for a length of time. The person will be issued with a visitors pass indicating they are authorised to be in the school. Parent helpers working in classrooms will be required to have a Working with Children Check. The Working with Children Check can be applied for online by going to the WWC Check website to submit your details before going to Australia Post to lodge your application.

Student privacy

We allow our students to be photographed in ways that would identify them only if a parent or guardian has signed a release form.

Drop-off and pick-up

All parents and friends are urged to drive slowly and use caution when dropping off and picking up children from both school sites. Please do not place children at risk by double parking and parking in prohibited areas. Let your family and friends know about these requirements.

Darebin traffic infringement officers frequently monitor parking and driving behaviour around schools.