The safety and security of all students, staff and visitors is important to us. We have implemented the following:
- We ask that all parents phone the school prior to 8:30 AM to let us know of their child’s absence. Please call 519 941-0220 ext. 100 and leave a message. If this call is not made, it is necessary for our office staff to make contact with you to verify why your child did not arrive at school. If we cannot verify absence, your child will be considered missing and the police will be contacted.
- Students who are late to school must report to the office and get a late slip. Please do not take late students directly to their classroom. Bring them to the office first.
Should you have to pick your child up during the day, you are asked to sign them out at the office. If you return after an appointment, you will need to sign them in again.
- Attendance is maintained on all bus routes. If your child is not riding their afternoon bus, we ask that you either send a note with your child in the morning to advise us or call the school before 2:30 PM. We need to know who is picking your child up. If a child is not accounted for on a bus attendance list, the bus is held up until your child can be located.
Visitors & Volunteers
- All visitors and volunteers are required to sign in at the office. Volunteers will be requested to fill out a form and sign a confidentiality agreement as well as produce a current police check with a vulnerable sector screening. Staff and visitors wear identification badges.
Supervision & Playgrounds
- Supervision of our school grounds occurs fifteen minutes (10) before the start of the school day and at all recesses by staff and paid supervisors. Playgrounds are divided into areas: Kindergarten, Grades 1,2, Grades 3-5 and Grades 6-8.
- In order to be prepared for an evacuation of the school, six (6) fire drills are mandated and held in a school year (3 before December and 3 between January and May). Procedures are taught and practised.
- In the event of severe weather, classes are assigned a “safe spot” in the school. Classes learn where their assigned safe spot is and how to sit. A tornado drill rehearsal is held in the fall and a drill is held in the spring. Students are taught that if they are in the yard and three bells are heard, they are to immediately come into the school and go to their safe spot.
- To prepare for the event of a dangerous intruder in the building, a lockdown is practised once a year. A lockdown means that all exterior and interior doors are locked and no one is permitted to move through the building until an all clear is given by the authorities. Classes will remain quiet and still in their rooms with the door locked and the window in the door covered.
Hold & Secure
- In the event that a dangerous situation is occurring in the neighbourhood, the authorities may request that the school lock their exterior doors and windows and stop all entry and exit from the building. Recess and other outside activities would not occur. Students would not be released, even to parents/guardians, without the permission of the local authority.
- If a situation which requires evacuation of the school were to occur (e.g., flood, fire), we will take the students at Tony Rose sports centre.