A safe and welcoming school environment is essential for students to grow and develop in mind, body and spirit. Establishing and maintaining this positive and safe atmosphere is achieved by staff, students, parents/guardians and the community working together.
Security and Signing In
All Visitors (parents, relatives, resource personnel, etc.) must report to the office immediately upon entering the school. To facilitate this, all exterior school doors will remain locked during the day. A camera has been installed and our wonderful office staff can buzz you in.
Please be patient with us as we work to maintain safety within our Catholic School Community!
We thank you in advance for helping us to keep our children safe.
If you are picking up your child, please wait outside at the gate at 2:50 p.m. If you are simply picking up your child, the office will call the student down to the office and will send your child to you. This limits and tracks who has access to our students, minimizing interruptions and increasing the safety of all students.
Visitors must sign in at the office, and when leaving, visitors should sign out at the office.
VISITOR SIGN-IN PROCESS
Parents bringing their child to the Breakfast Program are asked to bring their child to the main gate.
If a visitor is visiting the school for any other reason than a pre-arranged appointment with a teacher (e.g early pick-up, dropping off lunch/homework, etc.) the secretary needs to be informed. She will contact your child’s class and have your child report to the office.
Parents/guardians must notify the school in writing if someone other than the usual person is picking up their child or if the end of day routine is different, (example, walking instead of taking the bus). We will NOT release a student to anyone who is not the usual caregiver unless we have been informed ahead of time.
Other Ways That We Keep Our Students Safe
We teach our students about Catholic Virtues and conflict resolution strategies.
All members of our community support our Code of Conduct .
All parents and visitors state their business at the office upon arrival.
Students are supervised at all times.
Alcohol, smoking, and illicit drugs are strictly prohibited on school property.
Medications are distributed and logged according to Board Policy.
When students are not going home in the usual manner, a morning note or phone call is required.
A safe arrival procedure is in place to alert staff to unexplained student absence.
The school community works cooperatively with bus operators to ensure safe bus transportation.
Skateboards, scooters, roller blades, and bicycles must be walked on and off of school property.
Emergency Response Plans are in place for at-risk students.
A School Emergency Preparedness Plan for Crisis Response including evacuation is up-to-date.
Fire drills are conducted each term.
The school site is inspected regularly.
WHMIS protocols are followed.
The Kids Help Line number (1-800-668-6868) is included in the student agenda.
We seek assistance from Board Social Work personnel.
We seek assistance from Board-approved community agencies.
Students must sign an Internet Acceptable Use Agreement form for each division of their education at PVNC Catholic District School Board.
The PVNCCDSB School Board is committed to ensuring that the Internet is used to support learning in a manner that is consistent with the Board Mission statement and guiding principles. Our school computers are connected to the Internet by means of the School Board's Wide Area Network. The School Board recognizes that there may be concerns related to Internet usage and has developed an Internet Acceptable Use Agreement.
Once a student has signed the document, he/she will be granted access to the Internet within the scope of the Internet Acceptable Use Agreement. Students must sign a separate Internet Acceptable Use Agreement form for each division of their education at PVNCCDSB: Primary (J.K.-3), Junior-Intermediate (Grades 4-8), Intermediate-Senior (Grades 9-12).For further information, please visit the Board Website for the Safe Surfing Document or contact your local school.
Leaving School Property
Students who will be going home for lunch daily, are required to supply a note to the school at the beginning of the school year.
All students from Kindergarten to Grade 8 are to remain on school property until dismissed at the end of the day - exceptions are those who go home for lunch and those picked up by parents at the office for personal appointments. Students in Grade 8 will be permitted to leave the school property at lunch time provided parents/guardians sign a letter of permission before hand (this letter will be provided by the Grade 8 teacher).
If it is necessary for you to leave school at times other than regular dismissal time, your parents or guardians must inform your teacher in advance with a note. Understandably, there may be times of emergency when it is not possible to plan on leaving early; at such times your parents should inform the school by telephone. When picking you up early, your parents or guardians will need to come to the office; we will call for you on the P.A. Please do not text your child’s phone to give permission to leave school for any reason. Students will not be released by text message.
Bikes, Scooters, Skateboards, and Roller Blades on School Property
The safety of pedestrians, students, and staff, and those on bicycles, scooters, skateboards, and roller blades is a huge concern for staff, parents, and bus operators. The rule that skateboards, scooters, roller blades, and bicycles must be walked on and off of school property has been in place for many years. This has been discussed with the student population on numerous occasions. Bikes and scooters should be stored in the Bike Racks at the side of the school and locked by the student.
If students choose to ride their bikes, scooters, skateboards, and roller blades on school property, they are compromising the safety of other students, parents, and staff. Parents will be notified in writing.
Should a second infraction occur, students will have their bike/skateboard/scooter/roller blades confiscated until the end of the next school day. A third infraction of this rule will result in your child not being allowed to ride to school for a determined number of days.
Please support the school in trying to provide a safer environment for all.
VALUABLES/LOST AND FOUND
Please do not bring valuable personal items to school. Valuables such as jewelry, cherished toys, collections, etc., should be left at home. The school cannot accept responsibility for the storage, replacement, or recovery of any of these personal items. If a valuable item is to be brought to school for a school project, you must have the permission of your parent/guardian.
To help avoid loss and confusion, your clothing and personal items should be clearly labeled. Articles found are stored in the “lost and found” box. At the end of each month, unclaimed items are forwarded to a local charitable group.
Cell phones, iPods, and like devices if brought to school, are to be kept in student backpacks and are not permitted to use during the school day.
Similarly, cameras or devices with photographic capabilities should not be brought to school.
If you are found using an electronic device at school, it will be taken away and held at the office to be picked up by your parent or guardian.
The telephone in the office is for school business only. In the case of an emergency or illness, a call will be placed for you. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate the use of the school telephone to make last minute changes for after school activities or travel arrangements (...plan ahead!). This is where a note in the agenda is important.
If you are picking up or dropping of your child from school, we ask that you park in a designated parking spot and walk your child across the parking lot. Please do not ever park in the bus or fire lane.