Parent Handbook

Welcome To Taylor Evans Public School!

 

Dear Parents, Guardians, and Students:

As we begin the 2019-2020 school year, we do so with excitement and anticipation. We look forward to the challenges ahead and the chance to celebrate the wonderful things that happen at the school.

Taylor Evans is an incredible educational facility with caring staff. The staff offer many educational opportunities in a variety of learning environments. Academic programs are enriched because of the talented staff that is motivated to bring our children the best. The outdoor surroundings allow the students to learn beyond the four walls of the classroom and the school.

Success in learning is achieved when there is a partnership between the school and the parent community. It is our belief that students are more successful when we work together. Through cooperation and collaboration, all students will develop skills of respect and responsibility as well as work towards meeting their educational goals. It is extremely important that parents and teachers maintain open and ongoing communication. Please know that you are always welcome to have a conversation! If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact your child’s teacher at the school.

We are always open to new ideas and welcome your input and your suggestions. We anticipate a rewarding school year and look forward to developing a strong community partnership. I would encourage you to get involved in the life of the school by coming into your  child’s class (or any class) to share a talent or skill, volunteering to read or help with math, or just coming in to visit!

 

Sincerely,

Principal                             Vice Principal

Ken Keesmaat                    Alan Gouk


School Council – Welcome

Dear Parents;

 

On behalf of the School Council at Taylor Evans Public School we would like to welcome you and your family to our school community.

Your child is a part of a wonderful school and we are glad you are with us.  Taylor Evans has a history of fantastic teachers and school staff who enrich the lives of our children in so many ways.  We are a diverse community of families representing many different cultures and languages.  We are proud to tell people the name of our school and boast about the many achievements, sports, arts, special education, school spirit and multiculturalism.

Parents, together with community members, and staff are committed to connecting with other parents.  We improve our school by connecting to teachers to support their work, assist with problem solving and to help raise funds.

We encourage you to attend a School Council meeting to find our about life at Taylor Evans.  The meetings are held the third Thursday of each month from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm in the Staff room.  They are interesting, inclusive, informative and open to all parents.

We hope you have a wonderful year and look forward to meeting you on the playground, at a school event or at a School Council meeting!

 

Taylor Evans Public School

School Council

 

General Information

Our School

 

Taylor Evans Public School opened its doors in September 1992.  It is named after Dr. Taylor Evans, a long time trustee of the former Wellington County Board of Education.  A commemorative cornerstone was incorporated into the construction of the front entrance and was dedicated to his memory by his wife Isabell on November 5, 1991.

Today Taylor Evans Public School is a Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8 school with approximately 400 students, 30 teaching staff and 10 support staff.

 

Mission Statement

Our mission is to meet the needs of the individual student and to foster enthusiasm for lifelong learning by providing a variety of opportunities in a safe and caring environment.

School Motto and Mascot

 

The school motto is TOGETHER: EMPATHY, EFFORT, EXCELLENCEand is an important part of the daily expectations of staff and students.

It is not the end result that is of greatest significance, but the effort in reaching for the goal of excellence.  This is true for all aspects of school life whether in the classroom, the playground, extracurricular activities or in our community.

The Eagle, our mascot is a proud, majestic bird which represents our determination and drive to succeed at any endeavour.

Supervision

The grounds are open to students and supervised during the period 15 minutes before classes begin (starting at 8:20) and at dismissal.  Supervision is also provided during bus transfer times and other school functions which may occur outside the above times.

Arrival and Departure: Buses, Cars, Bicycles, Walkers

Walkers:  Our goal is to have all those who can, walk to school – the benefits of this are incredible in terms of promoting general health as well as active brains!  Please use the sidewalks, respect private property and use the crosswalks.

Buses: We have a number of buses and taxis at Taylor Evans Public School.  These vehicles need access to school grounds in order to ensure that those students who are entitled to transportation are delivered/picked up efficiently and safely.  Buses and taxis will have exclusive entry to the school property between 8:10 – 8:35 am and 2:45 – 3:05 pm.  Please respect their need to access the school property.

Cars: Staff may access the property at any time and use the side and back parking lots.  Parents may have access to the property at any time – EXCEPT between 8:15 – 8:35 am and 2:45 – 3:05 pm.  Parents may park in the visitor’s spots at the front of the school or use the side and back parking lots.  No vehicles may stop/park/discharge/pickup in the bus lane or park in Fire Routes.   Parents may park on the street in designated parking areas.  Your respect for the traffic laws helps us make the school zone safe for all children.  Parents and students are strongly encouraged to cross the street only at the crosswalk – “children learn their traffic safety from adults”.

Bicycles: A bicycle rack is provided at the front of the school on the West side of the property.

Parents/Visitors

We invite parents/guardians to visit our school and encourage volunteers within our classrooms.  When you are visiting the school whether it be for a few moments or few hours please sign in at the front office, and obtain/display a visitor’s badge.  Your compliance will avoid violation of the Ontario Trespass Act and the Access to School Premises Regulation.  Help us keep our children safe!

Safe Arrival

Please call the office before 8:15 am if your child is going to be absent or late.  The voice mail can take messages 24 hours a day.  Please supply us with the student name (first and last), class and reason for absence.  We will call parents of absent students if we have not been informed by a parent for the reason for the absence.  Late students are to report to the office before going to class to have their arrival recorded.

 

Board Policy on Safe Arrival states:

It is the responsibility of parents to:

  1. Provide current telephone contacts such as home phone number, work numbers of parents/guardians, number of caregiver, number of safe arrival contact, and emergency contact numbers on the student admission/information form.
  2. Update the information during the school year, if it changes.
  3. Communicate with the school, prior to the start of school in the morning and/or afternoon, when the child will be absent or late for any reason.
  4. Provide written permission for their child to leave school during the day.
  5. Inform the school when their child will be returning after an absence of more than one day.

 

Safe Departure

Please send authorization in writing if someone other than the legal guardian is going to pick your child up from school or there is a change in regular bus routine.  Under an urgent circumstance, a telephone call may be made to the office before 2:30 pm.

Attendance, Absences and Lates

Good school attendance and punctuality are important to maximize school achievement and are good habits to develop.  Attendance is taken in the morning and afternoon of each school day.  Students are marked absent if they are not in class on time.  Students arriving late should check in at the school office so that the attendance register can be amended.

Lockers

Lockers are provided for the convenience of students.  To avoid the many problems associated with some locks, we require that students wishing to use locks purchase a combination lock.  The combination and serial number of the lock will be recorded by the homeroom teacher.

Students should never share their combinations with others.

Lockers remain school property, and will be inspected and cleaned as necessary to maintain a clean and safe school environment.

Valuables

Sometimes students bring special, fragile, or expensive toys to school only to become disappointed when they are damaged or lost.  The best prevention is to leave such items at home, or to bring them in for a temporary demonstration to the class.  We will try our best to help students locate missing belongings; however, the school cannot be responsible for damaged or lost items.

Lost and Found

We urge parents to clearly label clothing items, lunch bags, boots and shoes so that we can help locate their owners.  We also recommend that parents regularly check the school lost and found box for missing items.  Small items, such as jewellery and watches are kept at the office.

Photographs

Student pictures will be taken each year – both individual and class.    These pictures will be available for purchase at reasonable rates without obligation.  Graduation pictures for our grade eight students will be taken at a separate time for those interested.

Transportation Procedures

 

Transportation

It is the policy of the Upper Grand District School Board to provide eligible students with a quality transportation service that is safe and efficient.  In accordance with the Education Act, the provision of transportation by the Board is permissive and may be revoked at the Boards’ discretion.

The Board considers the safety of students to be of paramount importance and will make all aspects of the transportation system comply with the appropriate Acts, Regulations and Safety Standards.  The Board will cooperate with Provincial and local Police on all matters related to school bus safety.

Transportation of Students by Parents

On occasion, parents volunteer to assist in transporting students to school functions, and this is greatly appreciated.

As the Board requires certain licensing and insurance be in place, we require that volunteers planning to transport students complete the form for this purpose available in the school office.  Parents need to have a valid driver’s license, sufficient seat belts, and at least one million dollars in liability insurance to transport school students.

 

Field Trips and Excursions

Field trips provide “education beyond the classroom” and support our Core Curriculum.  Short local trips not requiring transportation are considered part of the regular school day may require a ‘blanket’ permission form for the year.  Notice about all other class trips will be sent home in advance.  In order for your child to participate, written confirmation is required to ensure that parental permission has been granted and that parents are aware of the details of the trip.

Child Abuse Policy

It is the policy of the Upper Grand District School Board to provide appropriate procedures and curriculum to support employees charged with the responsibility under the law to report suspected cases of child abuse to the proper authorities.

Child Abuse: (from Board Policy and Child and Family Services Act )

A “child” refers to anyone under the age of 16, or a person under the age of 18 who is subject to an order under the Child and Family Services Act .  Every citizen has a responsibility to report suspected child abuse or neglect to the appropriate authorities.

 

Child Abuse includes any of the following:

  1. child has suffered physical harm, inflicted by a parent of person in charge or caused by their failure to adequately care and provide for, supervise, or protect the child.
  2. child has been sexually molested or sexually exploited by the person in charge or by another where the person in charge knows or should know or fails to protect the child.
  3. child requires medical treatment to cure, prevent, or alleviate physical harm or suffering and the parent or person in charge does not provide, refuses to provide, is unable to consent, or unavailable to consent to treatment.
  4. child has suffered emotional harm shown by severe anxiety, depression, withdrawal, self-destructive or aggressive behaviour, and the parent or person in charge does not or refuses to provide treatment or services, or is unable or unavailable to give consent.
  5. child suffers mental, emotional, or developmental condition which could seriously impair development and the parent or person in charge does not or refuses to provide treatment or is unable or unavailable to consent to treatment.

 

There are also grounds for reporting whenever a person believes a child is in need of protection from a situation e.g. Abandonment, inadequate nutrition.

 

The School’s Role:

 

It is not the role of any school personnel to determine the validity of any disclosure.  However, teachers are in a position to observe the effects of abuse or neglect, because they are in care of children on a daily basis.  Teachers and Principals/Vice Principals are also obligated by law to report any situations of suspected abuse.  Should a referral be made, principals are prohibited from notifying parents/guardians until authorized to do so.  They are also required to follow the directions of the social worker in an emergency situation.

 

Family and Children’s Services

Telephone: 519-824-2410 or 1-800-265-8300