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V.I.P by Y.R.P

As part of our school’s Safety Week, we are also pleased to announce that the Values, Influences and Peers (VIP) program will continue this year. The VIP program is run by the York Regional Police. We are fortunate to have Officer Toni return to our school again this year to work with our grade 6 students throughout October and November. The program focuses on supporting students consider the best choices they can make now, and throughout their lives. More information on the program will be sent home with grade 6 students shortly. Officer Toni will also have one hour sessions with our grade 3, 7 and 8 students. We thank York Region Police for their continued partnership with our school.

Health, safety and well being

During our Professional Training Day on September 23, 2013, our staff spent time reflecting on the areas of health and safety. We explored required health and safety training from our board as well as content related to Safe and Caring Schools. The time allowed us to reflect on our own practices and look for any ways to improve our work in relation to everyone’s health and safety.

While it was important for us to work on this collaboratively as a staff, students and their families also play an important role in the work. We appreciate our families who provide us feedback on issues related to health and safety. A fine example this year is how we have worked together to keep our school Kiss and Ride moving to prevent a backup of traffic. We have been exploring this topic for over a year now and the feedback to us this year has been positive in terms of improved practices in our parking lot. We also appreciate our students acting safely and letting us know about any concerns they have while on our property.

Finally, I want to extend our appreciation to our network partners including: our local smoking bylaw officer and the York Regional Police. Both partners have supported us throughout the years in our work to keep our grounds safe as well as our community. If at any time, you have safety concerns as a community member after school hours, I would encourage you to also inform our community partners. Together, we can all help make our school and community safer.

Our work is also timely as we prepare to launch Safety Week next week at our school.

Watch for more information on Safety Week next week.

Student Council Spirit Day

Thanks to our student leadership team for organizing a school spirit day for next Friday April 26 2013– Twin Day. Students can dress up like each other. You need to ensure you ask the person whom you want to partner with before dressing up. All participation must include appropriate clothing and the spirit must be positive.

For our spirit days we ask for a food bank donation to help give back to our community.

We are aligning this spirit day with our Good News Assembly that will take place at 11 a.m. Parents please sign in at our office and join us if you can. We look forward to a special presentation by a police officer and an Olympic athlete to share with us information about the Special Olympics this summer.

Go Jackson go!

Safety in our community

We appreciate York Regional Police and their partnership with us. Here is an article on safety tips for your children:

It’s time to remind children about being safe in our community.

 This is a good time for parents to learn about and review ways to protect their children from potential dangers.

Here’s what children need to know:

  • Their name, age, telephone number, address, city and province.  This can be done through rhyme or song.
  • How to contact their parents at any time, by memorizing cell or work numbers.
  • How and under what circumstances to call 911.
  • To never approach or enter a stranger’s vehicle.  A responsible adult would never ask a child for directions or any other question for that matter.
  • Make sure they know they have a right to say “no” to an adult, especially when the adult is asking them to do something they have been taught is wrong or feels uncomfortable.  Reminding children of this right is important because children are taught from a young age to respect adults.
  • To always tell parents where they will be and to never enter someone’s home without their parent’s permission.
  • If home alone, never admit it when answering the phone. Never answer a knock at the door or speak through it.  Adults can be very persuasive.  Teach your child to call you if there is a knock at the door and if they fear for their safety, teach them to call 911.  Make sure they know that police officers are there to help them and would not get mad if it were a false alarm.
  • If they think they are being followed or are in danger they should run home or to a public place.  If someone grabs them, they should try to get away, yelling and screaming while doing so.
  • It is important to play in safe areas, never take shortcuts and stick with a buddy whenever possible.

It is never too early or too late to teach children the importance of personal safety.  Common sense, communication and consistency are the keys. Remind children to alert a responsible adult if something strange happens that makes them feel uncomfortable. Remember, crime prevention is everyone’s responsibility.

For more information on this subject, contact the York Regional Police Community Services Bureau at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 7980, or by e-mail at info@yrp.ca, or visit www.yrp.ca.