CBA Ministry Policies

Ministry Policies

Please note: These are just the outline of the policies. The full complement of ministry policies can be found on the CBA intranet.

Dress Code: Teachers are required to dress in clothing which is appropriate to a professional environment. This is to ensure that a professional environment is maintained in school at all times.

School Improvement Plan

School Improvement Plan: A school improvement plan is to be established to develop annual data-driven school improvement plans which focus on the priorities to which a school community is dedicated.

Use of School Facilities

Use of School Facilities: Use of the facilities will be authorized by the principal or teacher in charge.

Child Abuse

Child Abuse: Any educator how has reasonable grounds to suspect that a child between the ages of birth and 17 years of age is being abused or severely neglected or is at risk, must notify the principal or counselors, or family services WITHOUT informing the parents.

Food and Nutrition

All foods consumed on the school premises will contribute to the health and welfare of the students.

Study Trips

All school trips overseas during days which are part of the instructional time of schools will be permitted only if it is an educational study trip; thus the objective of the trip must be related to the curriculum of study of the group making the trip.

Parent Conferences

Parent Conferences: Formal parent conferences shall be held twice a year. Other parent conferences may be arranged as needed.

Homework Schedule

Homework Schedule: Students should spend no longer than 120 minutes per school day on homework activities. Homework shall be regularly assigned to students.

School Year

School Year: The school year shall be two hundred (200) days inclusive of any national holidays that occur during the school year and shall start no earlier than 1st September in one calendar year and shall be completed no later than 30th June in the succeeding calendar year.

School Day

School Day: The school day will commence not earlier than 8:30 a.m. and not later than 8:50 a.m. and will continue until such time as it is determined by the principal of the school. The end of the school day shall not be earlier than 3:30 p.m. or later than 4:00 p.m. During this period of time the total student and staff population shall normally be required to participate in instruction or instruction related activities either on or off the premises.

Annual School Report

Annual School Report: Principals shall submit comprehensive, data-driven annual school reports.

Student Records

Student Records: All schools shall maintain cumulative records for each student that are current and confidential. Parents have the right to access their student’s records. Student records shall be retained for five years after the student has left the school/

Supervision of Students

Supervision of Students – Non-Instructional Time: The Principal and Deputy Principal shall ensure that there is proper supervision of students while they are at school, to ensure their safety and well-being.

Summer Programmes

Summer Programmes: Summer programmes will be provided for students with support needs subject to availability of resources.


Evaluations: All staff shall be appraised annually. Principals will appraise teaching staff according to the procedures outline in the Teacher Performance Evaluation Programme Handbook. Para-educators and Educational Therapists Assistants shall be appraised at the end of the school year by the principal and the Instructional Leader in conjunction with the classroom teacher. Counselors, Educational Therapists will be evaluated by the principal and/or Instructional Leader by the end of the school year.

Student Attendance

All students enrolled in Government schools shall attend school regularly in compliance with the Education Act 1996.

Student Expulsion

A student will be considered for expulsion only after appropriate options for addressing the student’s needs and difficulties have been implemented and evaluated in a thorough and systematic manner.

Transportation for Students

Transportation will be provided, as resources are available, for students who are unable to travel to and from school in a normal manner.

Excused Absences

Students shall attend school in accordance to the 1996 Act. Principals may excuse students from attendance for medical appointments, illness, bereavement, family emergencies, and observance of religious holidays in keeping with the family’s faith.

Administration of Medication

Administration of Medication in Schools: Prescribed medications shall be administered to students during school hours in accordance with physician’s directions.

Security in Schools

The principal shall ensure that the school in maintained as a secure environment for the education of students.

Referrals to Child and Adolescent Services:

Principals may refer students to Child and Adolescent Services or the Reading Clinic or any other services to ensure that the student’s needs are met.



The main entrance is on the northern end of the central block. There is a security desk at that entrance. All persons entering the building sign in at the security desk.

Members of staff are given a code to enter the building from any entrance other than the main entrance. You can collect your code from the security office. The security office is located in the Northern end of the building. Near Broadway Hall. You must also collect the keys to your classroom from the security office.

All members of staff have CBA ID. This will be made for you by the security personnel. Supervisor of Security is Freedom Charles.

Security Extension: 2159

Information Services

Teaching staff are given computers to use in the classroom. Your computer will be set with programmes used in the school. Information Services Personnel will provide you with a laptop computer, school email address, access to use the promethean board, and any other services that impacts on your ability to use the computer for instruction. The Director for Technology will provide Promethean Board Training and other technology instruction.



The Lesson Plan:

This document is done on a Google Sheet. The layout is fixed. Your instructional leader will be able to provide you with information on how to access your lesson plan. Each teacher is provided with a google account.

At CedarBridge Academy, we want teachers to include, in their lesson plan, the following strategies: (1) Processing (2) Opportunity for movement (3) Reading & writing activities (3) Review (4) How students will get written information on the content, concepts and skills (5) Checks for understanding (6) Gender-based activities? (7) Technology (8) A writing to learn activity (9) Talking and discussing? (10) Higher order questions (11) Research-based strategies (12) High level of engagement (12) Real life context (13) Strategies to build resilience, relationships and teach persistence.

Lesson plans are expected to be submitted by Monday 8:30 in the morning. Using Google, means that your lesson plans are accessible and visible as you write. You are the only person who can write in your actual lesson plan document. If you have any questions about using google for your lesson plan, contact Director of Technology, Donna Swainson-Robinson. If you have any questions about the writing of your lesson plan, contact Direction of Instruction and Staff Development, Gina Davis.



Students who arrive to school late will be given late slips by SMTs on duty:

  1. LATE BUS ARRIVAL (Yellow)
  2. or LATE ARRIVAL (Blue)

Arriving to late to class

  1. Students will sign late book
  2. Students will request a VERIFICATION OF LATE ARRIVAL SLIP.
  3. Teacher signs VLAS. Students submit to attendance.


  1. Attendance office has the VLAS
  2. Students must not have access to them.
  3. Students must get them if they arrive after the tone.


CedarBridge Academy Hours:

Monday—Friday: 7:00am to 8:30pm

Saturday and Sunday 7:00am to 3:30pm


Keep the hours of operation in mind when you are in the building. You can get locked in, and it is difficult getting out and it is very dark.

The building is maintained by the Maintenance Department. We have fulltime custodial staff and maintenance persons. The head of Maintenance is Mr. Kenneth Simmons, known to most staff as Uncle Kenny.

Mr. Stuart Crockwell is the Director of Operations, responsible for the overall maintenance of the school.

All maintenance requests are to be submitted using a Google form. Please email to request the correct form:


The administrative support staff provides all photocopying for teachers. There is a form available from the office that you must complete, requesting the photocopying task. You have a minimum of 24 hours to request photocopied items

You will place your request in a bin, located in the hallway leading to the staff room. You will collect your copying from a bin in the same area.

Calling in Absent

CALLING IN ABSENT: Deputy in Charge of Attendance: Christopher Swan. Please call before 6:30. The number to call is: 531-1711

You must log your absence online:


Every teacher is given lunch duty. Half of your lunch period, one day a week, is what is expected. You are expected to be on duty at the appointed time. Use this as an opportunity to mingle and meet students outside the classroom. Security records attendance, so please ensure they see you and know who you are. Serving on Duty is part of our Union obligation.


Miscellaneous Information that is Important

  1. Try to take your attendance within the first five minutes of class. Sometimes this can be done during the DNA– Do Now Activity.
  2. Staff Meetings, Parent Meetings, Common Planning Meetings, and Department Meetings— you are expected to be there. Please advise your IL if you are unable to attend any meeting.
  3. Instruction is always observed. Someone, a principal, a deputy, a director, resource person or your IL will come in to observe instruction. They will also provide feedback. The principal and the deputy are evaluative, all others are for information and growth. Observers will spend up to 10 minutes or more in your class. Sometimes you may have walkthroughs were they are seeking specific information.
  4. The expected use of work email is for communication about important information about work. CHECK your email often. Please avoid sending information about selling items or email that may be considered personal to all staff. If you are replying to an email, try to ensure you do not “reply to all.”
  5. When setting up classes in the gradebook, the instructions come from the Grades Administrator Adrienna Forbes.. Your Instructional Leader will provide you with specific directions on use.
  6. PowerSchool is used to take attendance, record grades, record student intervention logs, provide information to parents and many other uses.

7. The phone number to the Ministry of Education is 278-0033.

Building Leaders

Principals and Deputies

Principal: Mrs. K. Richards. She is responsible for the overall running of CedarBridge Academy.

Deputy Conyers-Steede is the deputy assigned to Arts, Business/IT/DT, English, Library, Literacy Coordinator, Foreign Languages & Admin Support Team

Deputy Sousa is the deputy assigned to Learning Support, PE/Health/Family Studies, Science, Maintenance & the SMT

Deputy Swan is assigned to Mathematics, Social Studies, Cafeteria, Custodians and Information Systems

Directors and Co-Ordinators

Director of Instruction and Staff Development is Ms. Davis

Director for Technology Assisted Instruction is Mrs. Swainson-Robinson

Literacy Co-ordinator is Mrs. Ming.

Instructional Leaders:

Arts: Ms. T. Fox

Business, Design and Technology: Mr. H. Clarke

Science: Mrs. B. Holdipp

Physical Education/Health and Family Studies: Mr. D. Minors

Learning Support: Mrs. T. Simmons

English: Mrs. K. Simons

Mathematics: Mr. R. Steede

Social Studies: Ms. J. Gill

Foreign Language: Mrs. S. Yearwood


Head of Department:

Library: Mrs. C Ceymour

Student Services: Mrs. C. Lowe

Admin Support: Mrs. D. Butterfield

Director for Operations

Mr. S. Crockwell


Maintenance: Mr. K. Simmons

Security: Mrs. F. Charles

Email addresses can be found in Power School or the address book in Outlook. Everyone has a phone in their area. Room numbers can be found in a directory provided by the Admin support P. Wolfe.