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Friday is Communication Day

28 Sep

Fridays will be our “communication day” when we will send home a range of information. This will include information from the school as well as other flyers and information for parents.

The school newsletter, the Summit Says, will go home on the last Friday of each month in your child’s Friday File. It contains information about upcoming activities as well as reports on events which have already taken place. It is accompanied by important dates to remember. Items will be sent home on other days only when the information is urgent or time sensitive.

As a Gold EcoSchool, we try to reduce the amount of paper we use. Consequently, we try to email communications such as our newsletter to as many families as we can. If you join our email list, you will receive most of our school communications electronically. If you do not currently receive items by email, but would like to do so, please send an email to the following address stating the name of your child and that you would like to receive information by email: mulmur@gmail.com

For those who receive mail by paper, we will continue to send items only with the eldest child in each family (except for class notes and forms where we need a response for each child).

 
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Student Transportation

28 Sep

At the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) busing service may be provided for elementary students (grades K-5) residing 1.6 Km or more from their designated school.  TTC tickets may be provided for middle school students (grades 6-8) residing 3.2 Km or more from their designated school.

The safety and welfare of students is a shared responsibility. Parents can help to ensure that it remains safe by stressing school bus safety with their children. Below, please find useful information that will help to make your child’s journey a safe one.

Boarding/Departing Bus

Parents/guardians are encouraged to review their child’s walking route to the bus stop, advising about safety concerns. Students getting off a bus at a stop must have an adult there to pick them up. In order to change their normal bus and/or stop, parents must contact the school office.

Bus passengers should arrive at the bus stop no later than five minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive. Two minutes after dismissal time, buses will depart the school. Once bus doors are closed and the bus has departed, drivers cannot stop for late arriving students.

While waiting at the bus stop, students are expected to stand a safe distance from the street and are expected to respect private property. When the bus approaches, students must observe the instructions of the driver. This is particularly important in the winter when slick road conditions exist.

If students are required to cross the road, they should follow the driver’s instructions and always cross in front of the bus with the aid of the flashing stop sign lights and crossing arm.  Students dropped off at school loading zones where the bus lights are not activated, should wait until the bus departs before crossing the street.

Accidents/Breakdowns/Delays

School bus travel is extremely safe. Bus drivers are trained in defensive driving techniques and buses are carefully maintained. The size and bright yellow colour make school buses very visible. The school bus is designed to protect passengers from impact. The floor is raised, the window glass is shatterproof, and there are strengthened reinforcements along the sides of the bus. Yet, given the thousands of miles travelled annually, and the traffic conditions in our area, accidents, breakdowns and delays due to inclement weather can happen. All the buses have two-way radios and help can be just minutes away. One of the most important things to a bus driver in the event of an accident or breakdown is passenger cooperation. In case of delays of more than 10-15 minutes, parents are encouraged to contact the school.

Severe Weather

Occasionally, severe weather conditions may require the TDSB to cancel transportation. This may occur before the beginning of the school day or if conditions become severe during the school day. The Board Severe Weather Procedures will guide decisions and operations. Visit the web site at www.tdsb.on.ca or listen to the local radio or TV station from 6:30 am onward for bus cancellation announcements.  Parents and guardians should familiarize themselves with the procedures and communication plan to ensure the safety of their children.

Passenger Safety

The bus driver is responsible for ensuring each passenger arrives to and from school safely each day. Drivers receive special training and rigorous examinations and must maintain a good driving record. Safe, respectful conduct is expected of all passengers.

The TDSB reserves the right to suspend transportation privileges for any student who demonstrates behaviour unreasonably distracting to the driver which may contribute to unsafe operation.

Parents are requested keep the school and transportation company up-to-date on any changes to your child’s medical health and contact information so that emergency contacts are accurate at all times throughout the year.

 
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Wireless Technologies Deemed Safe in Schools

28 Sep

The Toronto District School Board is committed to ensuring a safe and healthy environment for all of our students.

The Ministry of Education and Health Canada have affirmed the safety of wireless technologies in classrooms to support and advance 21st century learning.

The TDSB currently has 74 centrally-managed schools with wireless technology and, the further implementation of wireless technologies across our system by 2015 is a lynchpin of our Vision of Hope critical to helping our students learn in a 21st century environment.

Wireless technologies are subject to the regulatory approval of Health Canada and Industry Canada. All installations of wireless access points within the TDSB comply with these standards. We are continually monitoring existing and new research related to wireless networks, but we rely on the experts who set the standards for guidance.

 
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September 13-24 was Safe and Caring Schools Weeks in the Toronto District School Board

28 Sep

Over the last two weeks, the TDSB was spreading the word about the importance of learning environments where all staff and students feel safe and secure. The TDSB works very hard throughout the year to raise awareness among students, staff and parents about the factors that make a school community safe.

The Board’s Threats to School Safety Procedure was updated last year by the Safe and Caring Schools Team to help schools effectively manage emergencies and to reflect a significant change in the terminology associated with lockdown procedures.

The change in lockdown terminology was done to provide some clarity on the meaning of common terms associated with the procedure and reduce the panic that parents/guardians often feel when they hear their child’s school is in lockdown.

The revised terminology has been implemented at the TDSB and will be used by all schools in conjunction with the Toronto Police Service.  The revised terms are as follows:

Hold and Secure
The term Partial Lockdown has been replaced with the term Hold and Secure. Hold and secure means that all movement in and out of the school is restricted, however movement within the school is not restricted and the external danger near the school poses no immediate threat to the students or staff unless they leave the building.
Lockdown
A lockdown is the most serious response to a threat to school safety and should be used only when the danger is inside the school or on school property and poses an immediate and serious threat to staff and students.

The Threats to School Safety Procedure (PR.695) is available on the Safe and Caring Schools webpage on the Board’s website at www.tdsb.on.ca.

The TDSB is committed to making each and every one of our schools caring places that are safe for learning and a part of that commitment is keeping our parents/guardians informed.

Over the last two weeks staff and students at Summit Heights have successfully completed three fire drill rehearsals and one lock down rehearsal. Administration documents all safety practices and shares with staff areas for improvement.

 
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Anaphylaxis – Taking the Necessary Precautions

28 Sep

Anaphylaxis is a serious allergic reaction that can be life threatening. This medical condition can cause a severe reaction to specific foods or other materials, and can result in death within minutes. Although foods such as peanuts, milk, eggs, and sesame seeds are the most common cause of anaphylaxis, insect stings, medicine, or latex can also cause a reaction.  In recent years, anaphylaxis has increased dramatically among students. The TDSB is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy learning environment for all students and works with Toronto Public Health and other partners to ensure the successful implementation of Sabrina’s Law, which came into effect on January 1, 2006.

Sabrina’s Law requires every school board to establish and maintain an anaphylactic policy that includes strategies to reduce the risk of exposure to anaphylactic causative agents in classrooms and common school areas. The TDSB has procedures for the prevention and management of anaphylactic reactions.

Although this may or may not affect your child’s class directly, we want to raise awareness about this life-threatening condition. Students who have severe allergies to such food substances are exposed to a severe health risk when such products are consumed in their environment or shared with them. As prevention is the best approach, we ask that you speak with your child about not sharing their snacks or lunches with other students and please do not send any snacks or lunches with your child that contain peanuts.

If your child has health problems of any kind, please inform your child’s teacher or office staff immediately so that the necessary health protection steps may be taken and to ensure everyone’s co-operation for a safe learning environment.

Whether you are living with the allergy yourself, caring for someone who is, or concerned about people in your community, more information about life threatening allergies is available on the Anaphylaxis Canada’s web site at http://www.anaphylaxis.org/ or by calling 416-785-5666.

 
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DO YOU HAVE A MUSICAL INSTRUMENT THAT IS COLLECTING DUST IN YOUR HOME?

28 Sep

MR. MASKERINE WOULD LOVE TO HELP YOU CLEAR YOUR CLUTTER!  PLEASE CONSIDER DONATING ANY INSTRUMENTS TO THE SCHOOL.  OUR MUSIC PROGRAM CAN PUT THEM TO GREAT USE.

 
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