Category Archives: Health and Safety

Medication found

A humalog Kwikpen was found at our school. If you have lost this medication please drop by our office or call us at 905-473-0110.

Mr. Collins

School Parking Lot Best Practices

As previously communicated, we appreciate everyone’s support with our school parking lot. The Town of East Gwillimbury also issued a community notice last fall.  We again, ask for everyone’s support as serious safety concerns continue to be observed. Our foremost goal is safety for all students, staff and community members, and we need your help.

In the interest of improved traffic flow during drop off and pick up, we would ask for your continued support with current procedures:

  • All drivers drive with particular care in and around the school. We share a common interest in providing a safe environment for our almost 370 students and we ask that all drivers approach the school patiently, with consideration for pedestrian traffic, and other drivers. Please, drive slowly and alertly.
  • When dropping off a child (or children), drivers are asked to pull into the furthest available curbside spot and take care when merging back into the inner driving lane. No student should be dropped off from the inner driving lane and subsequently walk between vehicles.
  • At no time should a vehicle be left unattended or otherwise parked in the Kiss and Ride as parking is not permitted in the Kiss and Ride as it is designated fire route. The Town ByLaw officer has enforced this bylaw in the past.
  • Parents are to pull away from the Kiss and Ride as quickly and as safely as possible. Please do not use this time to socialize with other parents or staff.
  • Parents are not permitted to use the bus loop at the front of the school to drop off or pick up their children. This is a designated Fire Route and is permitted to accommodate only school buses. Please do not enter the bus loop.
  • At pick up if you do not see your child (or children), drivers are asked to continue to circle the Kiss and Ride, as needed. Drivers should not stop anywhere in the driving lane to pick up their child, rather continue around the Kiss and Ride and pull up curbside only when they see their child.

We would ask, most of all, for your cooperation in supporting our traffic plan, and we appreciate your patience in dropping off and picking up your children.  We thank you for your support in helping to improve drop off and pick up times at the school, and we would encourage you to review these procedures with your children.  As always, we remind parents that walking to school is the best way to alleviate traffic congestion and both an environmentally friendly alternative to driving as well as a healthy choice.

Our thanks for your support.

Online safety tips

To our families,

The board has asked us to share the following information relating to online Safety:

As you may be aware, there has been recent media attention on an Internet challenge that may cause concern for families. The Internet provides access to many engaging learning opportunities, but requires responsible use and digital citizenship. Parents play an important role in ensuring their child’s safety, including on the Internet. It’s important for parents to talk to children about the importance of being safe, protecting their personal information and stressing that they should never disclose personal details that would allow someone online to contact them in real life.

Here are 12 tips to promote safe online behaviour:

  • Children should never give anyone their name, address, telephone number, computer password, or any other personal information on the Internet without parental or guardian consent.
  • Children should only use social media and websites approved by their parent or guardian.
  • Internet use should be encouraged in a central place in your home where you can supervise children’s online activities.
  • Don’t allow a webcam in a child’s bedroom.
  • Watch for children quickly minimizing sites when you enter the room.
  • Reinforce that people online may not be who they say they are.
  • Consider using parental controls like Internet filters or blocking software.
  • Remind children that everything said online stays in cyberspace forever, whether or not it is deleted.
  • Talk to your children about Internet safety and clearly define your rules.
  • Never respond to messages that make them feel confused or uncomfortable.
  • Pay attention to the games your children may download or copy.
  • Never arrange a face-to-face meeting with someone they meet online.

Reinforce a sense of safety. Some Internet content can evoke a sense of fear or lack of safety in your child. It can be difficult for some children to discern fact / fiction online. Try to offer reassurance that your child is safe. Children and youth take their emotional cues from the significant adults in their lives. Your reactions can help to model calmness to your child. Recognize that some children may be concerned about something bad happening to themselves, family or friends. Explain to them the safety measures in place and reassure them that you and other adults will take care of them.

Be a good listener and observer. Let children guide you to learn how concerned they are or how much information they need. If they are not focused on the issue, do not dwell on it. However, be available to answer their questions to the best of your ability. Young children may not be able to express themselves verbally. Pay attention to changes in their behaviour or social interactions.

Reach out. Reach out to the school if you feel that your child may be showing a significant reaction to online material. We may be able to offer some classroom strategies that could help reduce stress. It may also be important to seek additional support from a school mental health professional (i.e., social worker or psychologist) to cope with overwhelming feelings experienced by children and youth.