Riverside Community Special School
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Uniform, Meals and Transport

Clothing

The governors' policy for school uniform and dress follows the Hampshire County Council guidelines.

The uniform/colours are blue jumpers/sweatshirt and grey or black trousers, skirts or shorts. School T-shirts and sweatshirts are available in the school office (please contact Karen Usher in the office). These are also on sale at open evenings when we usually also have a range of second hand items of school uniform which parents can buy. Parents do not have to buy school sweatshirts. They can choose to buy their child's school uniform from wherever they want but we ask that it matches the school colours.

The school places great emphasis on the appearance of the children and parents are asked to support the school in this. We ask that children do not come to school in football kit, casual clothing (i.e. jeans, beach shorts, crop tops etc.).

Children are asked not to wear things which could cause injury to themselves or others. For example, heavy belts, buckles or footwear.

If parents have difficulty in providing their child with the essential items of clothing or footwear needed to attend school, a limited amount of financial assistance may be available depending on parents' income. For details, please contact Local Education Office (023 9249 8200).

For games and physical activities, plimsolls/trainers and suitable clothing are needed. We ask that children have white or blue T-shirts and white, blue or black shorts for their P.E. lesson. They will also need a swimming costume and towel. Any parents having difficulty in providing any items should inform the head teacher as help can be given in some circumstances.

PLEASE MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO NAME YOUR CHILD/CHILDREN'S CLOTHES AND FOOTWEAR CLEARLY

Jewellery

Children should not wear jewellery to school. Members of staff cannot in any way be held responsible for loss of such items. Children who have pierced ears should wear studs only to avoid the possibility of injury at play. Those who do not do so will be asked to remove larger earrings for all P.E. and swimming lessons.

Personal Belongings

Children should only bring money and personal belongings to school when necessary. Toys should only be brought into school on 'special' days, when teachers give children permission. No responsibility can be accepted for items which are lost.

School Meals

School meals are cooked on the premises and are of high quality. Parents will be informed of up-to-date costs of the meal and the termly menu. (Click to view current menu)

The children are supervised by a team of lunch time supervisory assistants - "dinner ladies" - and a senior member of staff is usually on duty each day.

Where children are involved in school outings or visits which cross over lunchtime, the children who have school meals can be provided with a packed lunch by the school kitchen instead of their hot meals. These are again of very high quality.

Payment for meals should be sent in on the first day of each week.

Free Meals

Where parents are in receipt of benefits, their children maybe entitled to free school meals. We encourage parents who are entitled to this to take it up, or at least register your entitlement.

Applications for free meals should be made either to the Local Authority or to the school. The application needs to be supported by evidence of receipt of Income Support (payments book or letter from DSS). Authorisation for free meals can be granted easily with the correct documentation at the School Office.

Forms are available from the School Office. Free meals cannot be given until the applications have been approved by DSS, Children's Services -- Education Department.

Packed Lunches

If parents wish their children may bring a packed lunch.

Children who bring packed lunches eat with their friends in the school hall. A drink of water is provided for the children who want it.

Healthy Eating

Children in Foundation Stage; Key Stage 1  & 2 receive a piece of fruit each day. All children are provided with water bottles and have access to chilled, fresh water throughout the school day. Children should not bring sweets, chewing gum or chocolate, into school. Parents are encouraged to send in fruit to share in class.

School Transport

Children aged 8 or under who live more than 2 miles from school, and children aged between 8 and 11 who live more than 3 miles from school,will be offered transport to and from school. Children who live closer to school than this may get transport but this will not happen automatically. The children who are entitled to transport to and from school travel by coach, minibus or taxi. All vehicles have escorts who are responsible for the care of the children during the journey. The transport is organised by the County Passenger Transport Branch, Environment Group in Winchester (01962 845787).

Parents must ensure the safety of their own child before getting on the school transport for the journey to school and after getting off following the journey home. The escorts are not allowed to leave their vehicle to see children across the road, etc. A number of parents choose to bring their children to school and collect them at the end of the day. Sometimes a relative, care or friend may be asked to collect their child in these cases, the head teacher needs to be informed in writing who is allowed to collect the child at the end of the day. It is important that the child is collected by a responsible person. If parents feel that their child is mature and sensible enough to take themselves to and from their bus stop each day then they need to put this in writing to the head teacher.

The parents of some older children who live close to the school may wish them to walk to and from school unaccompanied. Permission for this to happen will only be given where the school agrees that the child is mature enough to walk unaccompanied and when a request is received in writing by the Head teacher.

If a parent wants their child to leave school before the end of the school day, a letter must be sent to the head teacher. For their own safety, no child is allowed to leave the school simply on receipt of a verbal request from the child.

As parking at the school is limited, parents are asked, where possible, to park in the lay-by outside of the school gates and avoid the turning point. When entering and leaving the school site, it is important that parents walk with their child/children and use the safe walking route pathways.

Between 9.30 am and 2.30 pm, the gates of the school are closed to limit the risk to the children.On entering the school by car between these times you will need to identify yourself by speaking into an intercom for security purposes. the gates will open automatically similarly, when leaving the school grounds the gates will open automatically for you to leave. There is a yellow ‘stop' line which triggers the mechanism to open the gates when leaving the school grounds.

There is a pedestrian gate and safe walking route situated towards the end of the school's fencing close to Midas Close -- All pedestrians are asked to use this route for their own safety. This route also provides safe access to the main entrance to the school for wheelchair users.