Safe Schools

Our Lady of Peace is committed to providing a safe and healthy school environment for its students and staff. There are several policies and protocols in place to ensure your child’s safety and wellness while attending school. Please see below to familiarize yourself with our various guidelines and procedures.

VISITORS TO THE SCHOOL

Visitors to Our Lady of Peace include parents, guardians, former students, board personnel, parish support personnel, tradespeople, and other people who are not currently students or staff members of the school.

To ensure the safety of students at Our Lady of Peace, visitors seeking access to the school for any reason, are asked to:

  • Enter through the main (front) doors of the school.
  • Sign in at the office.
  • Pick up and wear a visitor’s identification tag, in a readily visible fashion, while in the school.
  • Sign out and return the identification badge/tag to the office when leaving the school.

Students and staff have been instructed to inform the office if they encounter anyone on the premises without a visitor’s badge.

Please note that ‘signing-in’ does not provide general permission to visit classrooms or any other location in the school. Such permissions are obtained through prior arrangement with the school Principal. However, a classroom volunteer may sign in, take a tag, and proceed directly to the assigned classroom; a lunch day volunteer may sign in, take a tag, and proceed to the designated area of activity. A parent, who has an appointment with a teacher, should report to the office and await the teacher. Should you require release of your child to attend a medical or other appointment, please report to the office and your child will meet you there.

Outdoors, parents are asked to stay outside of the fenced area in the school yard to ensure the safety of all our students. Only staff wearing brightly-coloured vests should be visible in the schoolyard areas. We hope that you understand that we are not trying to create an unwelcoming environment, but rather, a safe environment for all children at Our Lady of Peace School. In many ways, this is not unlike you becoming concerned if a ‘visitor’ came into your home or into your yard; the staff and children are the school family, and anyone else is considered a visitor. Please help us to maintain as safe an environment as possible for all of our children.

VOLUNTEERS

Volunteers are required to have on file at the school a current Criminal Reference Check with a Vulnerable Sector Screening before they can volunteer at any school. If you have a Criminal Reference Check on file, you are required to fill out and sign a Declaration on an annual basis.

FIRE SAFETY

Bright yellow signs in all areas of the school indicate the closest and alternate exits in case of a fire. There will be three fire drills held in the fall term and three in the spring term. Students will leave the building as instructed following an Emergency Evacuation Plan approved by the Oakville Fire Department. Your child must wear shoes at all times while in the school so that in the event that the school must be evacuated their feet will be protected.

HOME ADDRESS or EMERGENCY CONTACT CHANGES

Changes in the work or home address, telephone number, emergency contact person, or other pertinent information, should be reported in a timely manner to the office.

LEAVING SCHOOL EARLY

If it is necessary for the student to leave the school at a time other than the regular dismissal time, the parent should advise the teacher, by note, in advance. Understandably, there may be times of emergency when it will not be possible to plan on an early leaving; at such times, a telephone call should be made to notify the school. Students leaving school at other than regular dismissal times are required to first report to the office.

TRAFFIC FLOW around the School and PARKING

During the morning arrival and afternoon dismissal times, the potential exists for high traffic volumes and delays. Where possible, we encourage parents to not drive students to or from the school. Students who live in areas where bus transportation is provided should make use of this service. Students who live within walking distance of school are encouraged to walk. (These actions will also support environmental and conservation actions.)

Student safety when coming to school and going back home is very important to us. Please review the safety tips and school regulations below to help keep everyone safe:

    1. All students in the school are dismissed at the end of the day through the back doors. Kindergarten students use their own exits. Please give the teachers space to have the students exit the school in an orderly fashion.
    2. If you drive to or from the school, please remember: be patient and courteous; do not block the main road thoroughfares; drive slowly and be vigilant for pedestrians/children.
    3. Encourage your children to use crosswalks and walkways.
    4. Do not use the driveway in front of the school during the morning arrival or after school dismissal.
    5. If you must drive your child to school, please follow the traffic flow rules in place at the east and west sides of the school. Stop or park only in designated spaces and not in the kiss and ride or along the fence.

HOME SCHOOL COMMUNICATION

As teachers and parents, we need to understand one another’s goals and aspirations for the children we jointly educate. Please share any information that may affect your child’s schooling with the child’s classroom teacher as early as possible into the school year. You are encouraged to attend Curriculum Night in September to better understand the program and curriculum requirements for your child this particular school grade and year. In November you are invited to attend parent-teacher interviews to understand how teacher, parent, and student, can work together to ensure the optimal growth of your child.

If at any time you have a concern, please address it first with your child’s teacher. If the best collective efforts of parent, staff, and student have not resolved the concern, contact the Principal. Please phone to arrange a convenient appointment time for all concerned.

We strive to issue a weekly update and monthly calendar to help keep you abreast of upcoming events. Other information and forms are available through the school website or the school Twitter feed.

HCDSB AdministratorSafe Schools