Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Dear Parents and Guardians:
Recently we have experienced an increase in the number of visitors accessing our school before and after the school day who have not signed in at the Office. The presence of extra adults in the building while 367 students are arriving or leaving makes our roles more difficult. Too many extra adults can create a visual barrier to a clear line of sight, and confusion to ensuring that children with different pick-up arrangements (busses, day care, parent pick-up) are all taken care of appropriately.
I’d like to outline for you our safety practices which come directly from the Ontario Safe Schools Act which states that all visitors to the school must come to the office, sign in, and wear a visitor’s badge.
During the morning arrival time, staff supervision begins at 8:49 a.m. Staff wearing brightly coloured orange vests, are on the yard to welcome students. Students arriving between 8:49 and 9:00 a.m. can safely enter through the fence and move to the supervised yard to wait for the bell. Families who arrive after the 9:00 a.m. entry bell must bring their children to the school office for the student to be signed in. A staff member will make sure that the child reaches their classroom safely.
At the end of the day, students are dismissed through their assigned doors. We ask that parents wait outside these doors for their child. In the case of Kindergarten students, the teachers dismiss students once they have made visual contact with the parent/guardian who has the responsibility of pick up at the end of the day. Many families have designated a pick-up spot at the front of the school, and this system works well for families with more than one child and more than one dismissal door involved.
If you find that you are running behind or have a need to make changes to your regular pick-up routine, please contact the Office. Our staff will relay this information to classroom teachers and to your student(s).
We all want the safest possible environment for our children. The above practices help to ensure the safe arrival and dismissal of students. We thank you for understanding how important the safety and security of our learning environment is for all of members of our school community.