December Meeting 2017
Minutes of the Parents’ Council Meeting of December 4th 2017
Type of Representative
Present at meeting December 4th 2017
Gobind Singh Gill
Anastasia Solomonova (solomonova) Hole
Head of PC
Anne Lise Kielland
Robert Browne (RB)
Present during pt. 1 and 2
1. General update from the Principal
Nothing new regarding the premises.
2. Update on the recent enhanced focus on the traffic safety situation
The school has had increasing focus on safety for the children walking to and from school, as the driving conditions have gotten more difficult due to the winter weather. RB reached out to the Parent Council and asked for support and suggestions.
After having received several suggestions from the Parent Council, last week all the teachers at the school engaged in a collective action regarding the traffic safety situation. They were supervising the pedestrian areas from the bus stop and all the way to the front of the school. They were visible and actively directing children to cross at the correct places and guiding cars that were not driving accordingly. Hopefully the actions done last week has helped create a focus and new routines and that we will see an improvement in the future. RB is considering repeating this activity.
RB has contacted Statens Vegvesen regarding the pedestrian crossing at the main road, again, now that Landøya students are being dropped off at the main road the number of kids using the pedestrian crossing is around 600 each day. This should be enough to get Statens Vegvesen to lower the speed limit and enforce the crossing with lights. RB is still waiting for a reply.
The process of getting signs put up near the school is moving forward, finally, after 3 years of negotiation with Drengsrud. Asker Kommune has been asked, again, to put up signs for the pedestrian crossing between the car park and the sidewalk near the school.
AIS has been promised a concrete block in the pedestrian path, preventing cars to use the pedestrian path as an exit from the car park.
AIS has contacted the local police and asked for them to come and talk to the students at AIS about traffic safety in wintertime Norway.
The teachers and staff supervising the traffic outside the front of the school has been verbally abused and threatened, several times, when trying to direct cars away from the area. This has not been parents of AIS children.
3. Other suggestions regarding the traffic safety situation
- Using a fluorescent spray paint directly on to the snow on the road, to show the cars where to drive and not drive.
- Explore the possibility of having one entrance to the car park and a separate exit, this would make the traffic flow very much smoother and increase safety. If this is not possible, then at least widen the existing opening by 1-2 meters, since this would also help a lot.
Mr Roberts comment: I have asked Asker Kommune about this previously, and not been heard, but it might be more efficient if the parents as a group voiced their concern about this issue. I can make a short survey and send the link to the parents, so that everyone has a chance to sign and support the suggestion.
- Ask representatives from Asker Kommune to come and see for themselves what the traffic is like in the morning and in the afternoon and how this effects the children’s safety.
Mr Roberts comment: I have proposed the suggestion to Heidi Gartland in Asker Kommune, who said that she would pass it on to the right department.
- Follow the actions taken by schools in Halifax, Canada:
Let the children carry a highly visible flag across the pedestrian crossing, to make it extra clear to the drivers of buses and cars that they are crossing. The flags could be planted in buckets on both sides of the road. Once the child has crossed, the flag is placed in the bucket. The parents or children crossing in the other direction could carry the flags to the other side again. The flags should be kept in the reception and brought out only at 8.30-8.50 and at the end of the school day.
4. Resumes from the PC driven activities
When each event is finished, it is expected that those in charge write a resume from the event describing the challenges and solutions. This information should be passed on to the next years organizing committee. The PC suggests that these resumes be stored in Google Drive, not on the PC blog.
5. The Winter Concert, update and planning - Kate Rushdy
The planning is going well. It has been decided that admissions should be free, as well as coffee, tea and drinks for the children. The only income from this event will be from the raffles sales. The prizes this year are amazing.
The plan is that the parents of 4A and 4B bake all the cake needed for the cake sale and take care of selling the cakes at the show. The organizing committee will ask the PC for assistance if needed.
The raffle tickets will be sold at AIS on Thursday 7/12 and Friday 8/12 directly after school. The tickets will cost NOK 20,- and can be bought only for cash (no VIPPS).
6. A summer concert organized at the end of the school year?
The idea of having some sort of outdoor gathering at the end of the school year is definitely supported by the PC, but we need someone to organize this event. We will look at this in the spring.
7. Utilizing money from the Parent Council
It has been decided earlier that the PC wishes to donate money to sports equipment to be used at the various activities run by Mr Andrew, and outside during break. The PC also wish to donate some money to the art teacher, Miss Anja. Mette has now had a talk with Miss Anja about what kind of materials etc. she could need. Due to the nature of collaborative planning, Miss Anja needs to create new lessons or needs to adjust previous lessons on a 6-week unit basis. As a result, she doesn’t always know what supplies she will need, especially, if she wants to try something new. For this reason, Miss Anja suggests a budget for the art room, which could be under the custody of the treasurer of the PC and would only be requested, for projects like mentioned above. The school will be informed about the used budget for Miss Anja and/or Mr Andrew (once decided at the PC meeting).
8. Thermometer at school
The PC has been made aware that there is no thermometer at the school. The PC agreed that it is odd that not even the school nurse has a thermometer.
Mr Roberts comment: This is the first time it has been mentioned in 5 years. The school currently doesn't feel the need for a thermometer. Staff are not qualified to used it, there can be false readings and the only result would be unqualified staff making superficial diagnosis about a child's wellbeing. If children are sick, we first get them to rest for a while. If there is no improvement then parents are notified so they can decide what course of action to take.
9. Budgets for the Disco Night (grade 1-4) and the Formal (grade 5-9)
Mette will work out a suggestion for budgets and send them to the PC members before our next meeting.
The next PC meeting will be on Monday January 8th at 15.40 in the 9th grade classroom.
Minutes by Annelise Kielland