St. Gabriel School 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.
School Security/Visitor Protocol
Visitors to St. Gabriel School include parents, guardians, former students, board personnel, parish support personnel, trades people, and other people who are not currently students or staff members of the school.
All doors are locked during the school day. Security cameras are in place and all entry is through an intercom system at the front door, Door #1.
To ensure the safety of our students, all visitors seeking access to the school for any reason, are asked to:
- Enter through the main (front) doors of the school at Door #1
- Sign in at the office
- Pick up and wear a visitor’s identification tag, in a visible location while in the school
- Sign out and return the identification tag to the office when leaving the school
Please note that ‘signing-in’ does not provide general permission to visit classrooms or other locations in the school. Such permissions are obtained through prior arrangement with the school Principal. However, a volunteer may sign-in, take a tag and proceed directly to the designated area of activity.
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.
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 Burlington 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.
St. Gabriel implements the Lock Down Procedure that is practiced twice per year – once in the Fall and once in the Spring, at times of eminent danger in the vicinity of our school. It means there is an animal or person(s) in the school area that may be a threat to the safety of children, teachers and persons inside the school. In this situation, the students remain in an instructional area until lock down is completed and the location and safety of all students is verified.
St. Gabriel implements the Bomb Threat Procedure that is practiced twice per year – once in the Fall and once in the Spring, at times of a received bomb threat or a suspected eminent danger in or around the vicinity of our school that is a threat to the safety of children, teachers and persons inside the school. In this situation, the students will evacuate the building and may be directed to an alternate safe site off school property. The location and safety of all students is verified and communication to parents will follow as to from where their children can be picked up.
School Emergency Closure
When emergency conditions exist, such as inclement weather, school plant shutdown due to heating failure, etc., the health and safety of our children is our prime consideration. Notification of school closure during winter storms, etc. will be on the Halton Catholic District School Board website (www.hcdsb.org), HSTS website (www.haltonbus.ca) and by television/radio commencing at 6:30 a.m. on the following media outlets:
CHCH TV Morning Show CITY TC/CP24 CHFI (98.1 FM) Y108 (107.9)
Fresh FM (95.3 FM) Virgin Radio (99.9)
KLITE FM (102.9 FM) CLASSICAL 96.3 EASY ROCK 97.3 CBC Radio 2 (99.1 FM) CIMJ (106.1 FM)
CFRB (1010 AM) CHML (900 AM) CJOY (1460 AM) 680NEWS (680 AM) CKOC (1150 AM)
ZOOMER RADIO (740 AM)
If for some reason there is an early school closing, your child will be dismissed in the manner you have indicated on the Emergency School Closure Form. If you do NOT submit an Emergency School Closure Form to the school, your child will not be released until you arrive.
We cannot dispense medication of any kind unless we have signed authorization by the parent, directions to be followed, and medication provided in a properly labelled container stored in a clear zip-lock bag. For safety reasons, students should not have medication at school without following the above outlined procedures. Should your child require medication to be administered at school, please contact the office for the appropriate forms. The only exception to this requirement is for children who must carry medication because of life-threatening allergies (see below).
Life-Threatening Medical Concerns
Parents and caregivers of children with life-threatening medical concerns/allergies, such as Anaphylaxis, Allergies, Diabetes and Asthma are reminded that in order to provide a safe environment for your child, we must receive updated and accurate medical information. Please notify the school and complete/update an Emergency Medications Protocol prior to September and return it to the school as soon as possible. Forms will be provided to you from the office and will be distributed as per the HCDSB protocol. For any other medical complications, request the appropriate form from the office.
We’d also like to remind parents to send peanut-free/nut-free food products to school with your children to provide a “minimized Allergen Environment” for all students, particularly those with anaphylaxis (a life-threatening medical condition that can result in death in minutes). For this same reason, we strongly discourage treats for birthdays or celebrations and monitor this very closely. We also do not allow any food or drinks on the playground for the protection of all children, especially those with allergies to bees.
REMINDER: All medications, Epi-Pens, etc. must be secured in the main office, as well as a second Epi-Pen which is concealed in a fanny pack on the student.Safe Schools