Safe Arrival

For the safety of all students, visitors who arrive during the school day are asked to sign in at the office. Please do not meet your child at the fence or on the playground during the day. Thank you for your support in keeping our school safe and classroom interruptions to a minimum.

Students who arrive late, either morning or afternoon, must report to the office before going to their classroom. Students arriving late require an admission slip which is given to the teacher. Letters to families will be issued for students with chronic lates and absences in order to offer notice and support.

Arrival of Grade One to Eight Students

Please check our home page for St. Vincent bell times. Bus students disembark at the front of the school and walk along the sidewalk to the playground area. Students who walk or are dropped off will also walk along the sidewalk to the playground area.

If it is raining, the students enter the school and go to the gym where supervision will be provided.

Arrival of Kindergarten Students

Kindergarten students will gather in the Kindergarten yard upon their arrival.

If it is raining, students may enter the school and go directly to their classrooms.

Absence Procedures

It is necessary for student safety that parents report student absences before start starts on the first day and each subsequent day of absence.

Please visit https://elem.hcdsb.org/stvincent/report-student-absence/ for 3 easy ways to report your child’s absence from school.

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.

Concussion Protocol         

The Halton Catholic District School Board, in partnership with parents and members of the community, value a healthy and safe learning environment for our students, that provides essential preconditions for effective learning. As an extension to this commitment, a comprehensive protocol based on current research and best practices has been developed to address the needs of students to prevent, recognize, and respond to a concussion.

Recent research shows that a concussion can have very serious implications on a child`s cognitive and physical abilities. Parents and guardians are reminded that a comprehensive protocol, based on current research and best practices, has been developed to help parents, students, and staff prevent, recognize, and respond to a concussion. More information, including a Parent Fact Sheet and a Student Fact Sheet can be found on the Board`s website at: http://bit.ly/HCDSBConcussion. 

What Is A Concussion?

A concussion is a brain injury that is caused by a blow to the head, face, neck, or body that can cause a sudden jarring of the head. Even what seems to be a mild bump to the head can be serious. Research has shown that a concussion can have a significant impact on a student – cognitively, physically, emotionally, and socially. Based on this information, educational resources have been provided below, to recognize and respond to a potential concussion.

As a Board, we continue to make the health and safety of our students a priority to ensure that our students can thrive in all areas. Our new Concussion Protocol enhances that commitment.

For more information, please visit our Board’s website at http://www.hcdsb.org/Parents/safeandhealthy/Medical/Pages/Concussion-Protocol.aspx?utm_source=boardwebsite&utm_medium=slidingnews&utm_campaign=concussionprotocol

Health and Physical Education

In February, 2015, the Ontario Ministry of Education released revisions to the Health & Physical Education (HPE) Curriculum, for classrooms across Ontario, beginning in September, 2015.

The revised HPE curriculum, contains new material related to a number of issues.  Some of these topics include mental health, online safety and the risks of sexting, respect for self and consent within healthy relationships, and respect for diversity.

As a Catholic school community, we recognize that parents are the primary educators of their children. It is through the Family Life Education, taught through the lens of the ‘Fully Alive’ program that we support families as they teach the fundamental lessons in life.  We encourage parents to visit the Institute for Catholic Education website, to learn more about the newly revised Health and Physical Education (HPE) curriculum and supporting materials.

For more information visit:  www.hcdsb.org    www.iceont.ca

HaltonParents     

HaltonParents helps parents at all stages, from thinking about having a child, to pregnancy through adolescence. For information from Halton Parents, please click on the following link (move cursor over link, press “ctrl” and click!): Halton Parents website

At HaltonParents there are many ways to connect: website, blogs, facebook and twitter! Check out the link for more information!

Student Insurance:

Parents who wish to purchase additional insurance protection for their children in the case of an accident at school or while participating in non-school activities are encouraged to visit the Insure my Kids Protection Plan website at www.insuremykids.com. This is an optional offering for parents supported by the Halton Catholic District School Board. If you wish to have a paper copy of the Insure my Kids Protection Plan brochure, please contact the school.

HCDSB AdministratorSafe Arrival