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  • 8 School Authorities Your Children Should Know

    Familiarizing your child with important figures in school will help establish a sense of safety while encouraging respect for authority.
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    4.    Guard
    The school security guards are in charge of the school overall security, especially once your child is in school. They make sure that security rules are followed when it comes to wearing the school ID and proper uniform, visitors seeking an appointment with school authorities, among others.  If in case you are asked to show your fetcher’s card when you pick up your child, do cooperate as this is one way to enforce order and ensure security. Inform your kids that the guard makes everyone safe and secure in school, and that they should let the guard know immediately if a stranger approaches them or bothers them.

    5.    School Personnel
    They are not teachers but they work in the school office to take care of schedules, circulars, fees and other administrative concerns. These people could be the cashier, principal’s secretary, or canteen head, etc. It would help if your child is familiar with them so they know where to go when incidental concerns arise like paying minimal fees, asking for a special form, or a general inquiry.  

    6.    School Nurse and Medical Staff
    When children get bruises and tummy aches, or throw up after running around, the students are sent to the school clinic. The school medical staff – the nurse, doctor or the dentist - tends to them and are tasked to call the parents to inform them of the child’s situation. They will also inform you if further treatment or medication is needed. Tell your child that the medical staff will assist them if they are not feeling well, and that he should inform them immediately if he hurt himself or had a bad fall or bump, or an accident.  

    7.    Teacher Aide / Maintenance Staff
    Most kids call them, “kuya or ate, manong or manang,” and indeed they are the able helpers in school who see to it that the classrooms and corridors are kept clean, and assists in housekeeping chores. Teach your kids to know the “Ate or Kuya” in charge of their class, treat them with kindness and respect, and to get their help if something in the classroom gets broken, if they spilled their juice, or need help in the washroom.  



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