To our families,
We appreciate that many families enjoy walking their dogs to school each day as part of their family routine. The Guide to the School year outlines expectations as follows:
•All dogs must be on a leash and kept outside the school.
•Consider leaving your pets at home. Larger animals sometimes intimidate smaller children.
• Fenced in kindergarten play areas are off limits to pets.
• Excrement must be removed by pet owners. Please help keep our property clean and healthy.
As we are unique as a K-3 school, we do have many children who are fearful of animals. We also have students, staff and community members who are allergic to animals or also fearful. Unfortunately, we have also had soiling of our yard and FDK play area due to pets. Given possible allergies and safety concerns (ex. biting) it is ideal for families to keep animals on the pathways leading to the school versus coming on to school property.
We appreciate the community’s support with this matter for the health and safety of everyone.
Our school is fortunate to have a Crossing Guard located at the front of our school between the two entrances for buses on the north side of our school. The Town of East Gwillimbury met with me and asked me to remind everyone of the following:
- Please cross at the designated location indicated by signage and the painted lines on the road.
- Please do not park your car on the road in the areas indicated as no parking/stopping.
- Please use the crosswalk as often as you can if you are walking to school.
- Please follow the direction of the cross walk guard who will indicate when it is safe to cross.
- We also ask all drivers to be careful at all times, but particularly when the cross walk is activated (before school, at our lunch hour and after school)
To our community,
In the spring of 2018, we sent out a survey to see if families were interested in having a board prequalified lice inspection service provider come to our school for Pediculosis. Our School Council is supporting a visit from a company called The Lice Crew for professional head lice screenings on Friday September 28, 2018. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact myself or a member of The Lice Crew directly at 647-876-4552. A copy of this letter will be coming home with each student this week with additional information.
Sometimes families may wonder when to keep a child home in the event of illness. This handy reference guide from York Region Public Health outlines various common childhood communicable diseases, symptoms and information on whether or not your child needs to be excluded from school as a result.