As a school community we care deeply for the safety and welfare of our children. To this end, the Halton Catholic District School Board has determined, in partnership with parents and community organizations, protocols to ensure the safe arrival of students to school.
Students who arrive late, either morning or afternoon, must report to the office before going to their classrooms. Students arriving late require an admission slip which is given to the teacher. Letters to families will be issued for students who are habitually late and/or who are frequently absent in order to offer notice and support. Please help your children be successful at school by making sure they attend each and every day and arrive on time.
Arrival of Grade One to Eight Students
For the safety of your child(ren), students must not be on school property until a supervisor is on duty. Supervision of the school playground begins at 8:40 a.m. Our staff will be visible in their orange or pink vests from 8:40 am and will then be ready to receive your children.
The YMCA program offers before and after school care and they wear bright green vests however, they are not responsible for children not registered in their program. Please do not drop students off in the yard before 8:40 am to ensure they are adequately supervised.
In order to ensure the safe arrival and departure of our students, we are asking your cooperation in teaching them the importance of following the directives of our Crossing Guard.
We are also asking our students to enter and leave the school yard by remaining on the sidewalk at all times. We have a particular concern at the North Driveway of the school where parents are taking their children across the driveway on a diagonal which results in walking through oncoming traffic.
We have posted a supervisor at the North Driveway and we expect our students to cross to the south side of the driveway and continue on the sidewalk buffeting the north side of the school so that they remain on a sidewalk all the way into the school yard.
Thank you for your cooperation in keeping our students safe.
Bus students disembark at the front of the school and walk along the sidewalk to the playground area. Please refrain from driving through the front driveway at all times. This is for bus loading and emergency vehicles only. The fine for stopping and/or parking in the front driveway of the school is set by the Town of Oakville and can be upwards of $100.00. To avoid these concerns, please use the school parking lots or park on an adjacent street and walk ove to the school. We urge you to think safety over convenience.
We have a Kiss ‘n’ Ride program for students in Grades 1-8 who are driven to school. We are asking that you drive through the North Parking Lot and drop your children off on the sidewalk where indicated by the painted Drop-Off area. Please do not park and get out of your car while driving through the Kiss ‘n’ Ride as other parents will be trying to drop off their children.
If it is raining, the students enter the school and go directly to their classrooms where supervision will be provided.
Arrival of Kindergarten Students
Kindergarten students will gather in the Kindergarten yard upon their arrival, beginning at 8:40 a.m. The south parking area does not have a Kiss’n’Ride in order to keep our kindergarten students as safe as possible. You may park in the designated spots and then escort your children to the gates. Adults are asked to stay off the yard so that we can more easily monitor student safety.
If it is raining, students may enter the school and go directly to their classrooms.
It is necessary for student safety that parents report student absences before 8:45 a.m. on the first day and each subsequent day of absence. Our voice mail is available 24 hours per day for your convenience. When calling, please state your child’s name, grade, teacher, reason for absence, and expected duration of absence.
The school is legally accountable for your child’s whereabouts when they are not in school, and we will proceed to contact all work and emergency contact numbers provided within the first half hour of school. Please be advised that if all effort to reach parent and emergency contacts have been exhausted, we are obliged to call the Halton Regional Police as per HCDSB policy.Safe Arrival