A safe and welcoming school environment is essential for students to grow and develop in mind, body and spirit. Establishing and maintaining this positive and safe atmosphere is achieved by staff, students, parents/guardians and the community working together.
Security and Signing In
All visitors (parents, relatives, resource personnel, etc.) must report to the office immediately upon entering the school. To facilitate this, all exterior school doors will remain locked during the day. A camera has been installed and our wonderful office staff can buzz you in.
Please be patient with us as we work to maintain safety within our Catholic School Community!
We thank you in advance for helping us to keep our children safe.
Parents may wait for their child outside the perimeter of the school boundary. If you are picking up your child early, send a note with your child so the teacher may send the student down to the office at the appropriate time. If you are simply dropping something off, please wait until 3:20 p.m., when the secretary is allowed to let you in. This limits and tracks who has access to our students, minimizing interruptions and increasing the safety of all students.
Visitors must sign in and wear a visitor identification tag. When leaving, visitors should sign out at the office and return the tag.
Other Ways That We Keep Our Students Safe
- We teach our students about Catholic Virtues and conflict resolution strategies.
- All members of our community support our Code of Conduct .
- All parents and visitors state their business at the office upon arrival.
- Students are supervised at all times.
- Alcohol, smoking, and illicit drugs are strictly prohibited on school property.
- Medications are distributed and logged according to Board Policy.
- When students are not going home in the usual manner, a morning note or phone call is required.
- A safe arrival procedure is in place to alert staff to unexplained student absence.
- The school community works cooperatively with bus operators to ensure safe bus transportation.
- Skateboards, scooters, roller blades, and bicycles must be walked on and off of school property.
- Emergency Response Plans are in place for at-risk students.
- A School Emergency Preparedness Plan for Crisis Response including evacuation is up-to-date.
- Fire drills are conducted each term.
- The school site is inspected regularly.
- WHMIS protocols are followed.
- The Kids Help Line number (1-800-668-6868) is included in the student agenda.
- We seek assistance from Board Social Work personnel.
- We seek assistance from Board-approved community agencies.
- Students must sign an Internet Acceptable Use Agreement form for each division of their education at PVNC Catholic District School Board.
Lockdown/Hold and Secure/Shelter In Place
During the year we practice these procedures in the event we will be required to use them.
"Lockdown" - this term is used for the resulting school safety response when a major incident or threat of school violence within the school, or in relation to the school has occurred. Interior doors are locked. Exterior doors remain locked in accordance with normal practice.
"Hold and Secure" - is the term used for the resulting school safety response when there is an ongoing threat to safety or emergency outside and not related to the school. Exterior doors are locked. Interior doors remain locked or unlocked in accordance with normal practice.
"Shelter in Place" - is the term used for the resulting school safety response when there is an environmental or weather related situation where it is necessary to keep all the occupants within the school to protect them from external harm. Exterior and interior doors remain locked or unlocked in accordance with normal practice.
The PVNCCDSB School Board is committed to ensuring that the Internet is used to support learning in a manner that is consistent with the Board Mission statement and guiding principles. Our school computers are connected to the Internet by means of the School Board's Wide Area Network. The School Board recognizes that there may be concerns related to Internet usage and has developed an Internet Acceptable Use Agreement.
Once a student has signed the document, he/she will be granted access to the Internet within the scope of the Internet Acceptable Use Agreement. Students must sign a separate Internet Acceptable Use Agreement form for each division of their education at PVNCCDSB: Primary (J.K.-3), Junior-Intermediate (Grades 4-8), Intermediate-Senior (Grades 9-12).For further information, please visit the Board Website for the Safe Surfing Document or contact your local school.
Leaving School Property
Students who will be going home for lunch daily, are required to supply a note to the school at the beginning of the school year. No phone calls will be accepted to release students at lunch.
If your child will be leaving school early, please provide a note for the homeroom teacher, so they may release the student at the given time.
Kindergarten to Grade 6
All students from Kindergarten to Grade 6 are to remain on school property until dismissed at the end of the day - exceptions are those who go home for lunch and those picked up by parents at the office for personal appointments.
Students must have notes to leave the school for any reason.
Grade 7 and 8 Students
If you give permission for your student to leave during lunch for the whole school year you may do so on one note at the beginning of the year.
If you occasionally give permission a note signed by a parent is required each time a Grade 7 and 8 student is going to leave school property at lunch. This note should be on a separate piece of paper , not in the child's agenda. This note must be given to the classroom teacher first thing in the morning. No phone calls will be taken to excuse a student for lunch, it must be by dated, signed note from the parent.
When parents give permission for their child to leave school property, the parent is assuming responsibility for their child's actions. The school will assume responsibility for the child once they have returned to school.
Once the child is back on school property, they will not leave again.
For those parents who do not give their child permission to leave school property at lunch, we expect that children do not bring items or food back to school for them. Should students not adhere to this request, their parents will be notified, and they will lose the privilege to leave school property at lunch for 1 week.
Please review safety issues and your parental expectations with your child.
Bikes, Scooters, Skateboards, and Roller Blades on School Property
The safety of pedestrians, students, and staff, and those on bicycles, scooters, skateboards, and roller blades is a huge concern for staff, parents, and bus operators. The rule that skateboards, scooters, roller blades, and bicycles must be walked on and off of school property has been in place for many years. This has been discussed with the student population on numerous occasions.
If students choose to ride their bikes, scooters, skateboards, and roller blades on school property, they are compromising the safety of other students, parents, and staff. Parents will be notified.
Should a second infraction occur, students will have their bike/skateboard/scooter/roller blades confiscated until the end of the next school day. A third infraction of this rule will result in your child not being allowed to ride to school for a determined number of days.
Please support the school in trying to provide a safer environment for all.