School Information and Policies
Your school’s policies are the framework that help it function on a day-to-day basis. Being able to communicate important policy information to teachers, students, and parents facilitates a better understanding of policies; they can be accessed quickly and easily when you have the planner in front of you.
Color Coding Your Pages
You can even color code the pages that contain policy information, making them easier to locate. The use of colored paper in your planner comes at no extra cost. Color coding pages is most effective when using up to six colors.
School Policy Pages
Our library of page ideas includes a selection of policy pages that clearly and concisely explain school policies for students and parents. These can be left as they are, or edited to reflect the specifics of your school; this is particularly useful for clarity. Including school policies in a student planner also facilitates a good channel of communication with parents, as they can see for themselves details of the standards that the school holds.
You don’t have to be limited by the library of pages. If there is something you want to include, just let our designers know and we can build this for you at no extra cost. While this is by no means an exhaustive list, here are some common suggestions for policy pages in student planners.
Useful for elementary and middle schools, these pages allow students, parents, and teachers to be aware of the relationship between all three and help clarify what can be expected of each party. Adding the option for parents to sign these pages is a good idea to ensure that students introduce their parents to the idea of using a planner regularly, so they can also be a part of keeping it up to date.
School Calendar and Schedule
Providing parents and students with your school’s calendar and schedule printed in their planner will help avoid confusion and foster accountability. Include schedules for start and end times for your school day, lunchtime, breaks, after-school, parent teacher conferences, and holiday breaks.
A strong anti-bullying policy is an important part of any school’s framework. It lets both students and parents know that their well-being is of the utmost importance and that any concerns of bullying will be taken seriously and dealt with. Educating children on what is considered unacceptable behavior towards another child works to build a strong sense of community at your school, which in turn fosters an environment where bullying is prevented by teachers and the students themselves.
Technology Use Policy
The use of technology is now an integral part of education, and it’s becoming more and more difficult to come across children who don’t have access to a computer, tablet, or mobile phone. The fact that mobile phones (particularly smartphones) are a part of everyday life has led to the need for schools to have a clear policy on whether students can bring them to school, and the consequences of having them during class. Having a fair use policy for computers is also useful to communicate what is and is not acceptable for students to be using computers for during school hours. Including information on Internet safety has become more prevalent in the digital age to protect technology-fluent children of all ages.