Safe Schools

St. Peter Catholic 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:

All elementary schools in the HCDSB have implemented the front door buzzer and security camera protocol.  In order to gain entry to the school during the regular school day we require that visitors and volunteers enter through the front doors of the school.  Visitors are requested to buzz into the office whereupon you will be asked for your name and the reason for your visit.  Office staff will then activate the door and permit your access.  We would ask that you proceed to the office to sign in and collect a visitor’s badge.

Please be aware that all entry / exit doors are locked at all times throughout the day. If your child is late they must use the front door to gain entry to the building.

Please avoid entering the yard or standing at the yellow gates, to speak to your child during lunch or recess.  This can be very disruptive and remember that you are a stranger to the other children in the yard.  If you need to visit for any reason, you must report to the school office and follow our visitor protocol.

Please note that signing in does not provide general admission to visit classrooms or other school locations.  Such permission is obtained through a teacher and/or school administration.

Volunteers:

Volunteers are required to have on file at the school a current Crimimal 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 Milton 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.

Lock Down:

St. Peter Catholic School has developed a Lock Down Procedure that is practiced twice per year – once in the fall and once in the spring.  The students remain in an instructional area until lock down is completed and the location and safety of all students is verified.  Lock down means that there is eminent danger in the vicinity.  It means there is a person(s) in the school area that may be a threat to the safety of children, teachers and persons inside the school.

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:

Television Stations:

CHTV (Morning Show), CITY TV (Breakfast Television), CP 24

FM Radio Stations:

CHFI 98.1 FM, WAVE 94.7 FM ,Y108/l07.9 FM, 95.3 FRESH FM, CLASSICAL 96.3 FM, VIRGIN RADIO 99.9 FM, 102.9 KLITE FM, EASY ROCK 97.3 FM, CBC/CBLT 99.1 FM, CIMJ 106.1 FM

AM Radio Stations:

CFRB 1010 AM, CHAM 820 AM, JOY 1460 AM, CHML 900 AM, CKOC 1150 AM, ZOOMER RADIO AM 740, AM 680NEWS

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.

Medications:

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.

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. 

All parents are reminded that we attempt to provide a “Minimized Allergen Environment” for all children.  We have a number of students who suffer from life threatening allergies.  Anaphylaxis is a medical condition that causes a severe reaction that can result in death within minutes. Although this may or may not affect your child’s class directly, we request that you send foods that are free from peanuts or nut products.  We strongly discourage treats for birthdays or celebrations and monitor this very closely.  To avoid disappointment, please consult with your child’s teacher and consider sending in a healthy fruit tray or stickers as an alternative. For the protection of all children and especially those with allergies to bees, we will not allow any food or drinks on the playground. All such products will be consumed indoors.

Reminder: ALL MEDICATIONS, EPI-PENS MUST BE SECURED IN THE MAIN OFFICE, AS WELL AS A SECOND EPIPEN WHICH IS CONCEALED IN A FANNY PACK ON THE STUDENT.

 

HCDSB AdministratorSafe Schools