Category Archives: Health and Safety

Student drop offs

We thank our community for working to ensure students are dropped off on time for their classes. Sometimes, delays happen. For the overall safety of our school community we do ask the following:

  • If dropping off your child prior to 8:10a.m. to please ensure this is done at the child’s entry door. We ask families not to enter the school with their child(ren). The reason for this is to ensure that the only adults in our hallways are our staff for supervision purposes.
  • For FDK students, drop off is at either of the two gates in the Kindergarten yard area – we ask families not to enter the yard. The reason for this is to ensure that the only adults in our FDK yard are our staff for supervision purposes.
  • If you are running late and need to drop your child off at school after 8:10 a.m. you must bring your child to the office to have him/her signed in to the school. This would include times throughout the instructional day (ex. returning a child back after lunch).
  • Once the child has been signed in either a staff member will be called to come pick up the child (typically only for our FDK classes, Community class or Student Support Center) or the child may walk to class by him/herself. If needed, a buddy may be called down to meet the child and walk him/her to class.
  • We ask families not to walk their child to his/her classroom. The are a few reasons for this: overall supervision again by our staff, minimizing interruptions to instructional time and sometimes the child’s class is in another location in the school other than their homeroom, so we need the staff to be aware of the child being signed in.

Sometimes, we understand you need to relay information to our staff and this may be of an urgent nature. We ask that this information is communicated the following ways:

  1. Using the child’s agenda or communication book or,
  2. Leaving a voice mail message to the respective staff member or,
  3. letting our office staff know the information to relay if the information is needed for the staff member(s) to know right away.

We thank everyone for their support with these expectations  which in turn support our safe schools policy, foster the independence we are all teaching our children and ensuring communication between the school and families occurs efficiently.

Mr. Collins

 

 

Parking Lot best practices

As previously communicated, we appreciate everyone’s support with our school parking lot. Like most schools, our parking lot is very busy at entry and dismissal times.   With winter ahead, and a likely increase in students being dropped off and picked up, we are looking to review procedures in the interest of safety.  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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Public Health Information

We have been asked to share this information from York Region  Public Health: YORK-#7932258-v3-Notice_for_School_Boards_Schools_-_Flu_Season_is_on_its…