Bullying Prevention and Awareness Week
From November 22-26 we recognize Bullying Prevention and Awareness Week. At our school, it is important that we provide a caring, safe and inclusive environment that supports the academic achievement and well-being of all students. This week serves as a reminder to our school community about bullying and how to respond. During this week students will engage in learning activities that reinforce positive behaviours that respond to and prevent bullying.
Bullying is a form of repeated, persistent and aggressive behaviour directed at an individual or individuals that is intended to cause (or should be known to cause) fear and distress and/or harm to another person’s body, feelings, self-esteem or reputation. Bullying occurs in a context where there is a real or perceived power imbalance.
Bullying can take many forms. Some include:
- Physical – hitting, shoving, stealing or damaging property
- Verbal – name calling, mocking, or making sexist, racist or homophobic comments
- Electronic (commonly known as cyberbullying) – spreading rumours and hurtful comments through the use of cellphones, e-mail, text messaging and through social media
Bullying is never acceptable at school. All members of our school community are encouraged to stand up and support each other. Should there be concerns about bullying or if you have any questions please contact us. For more information and resources on bullying and cyberbullying, please follow @YRDSB or visit www.yrdsb.ca.
Thank you for helping us create a safe, respectful and inclusive school community!
Inclement Weather Day
In the event that the weather makes road conditions unsafe, The York Region District School Board may declare an Inclement Weather Day. This year, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, our Inclement Weather Day Procedure will be adjusted as follows.
For the 2021-2022 school year, in the event school bus transportation is cancelled, the following Inclement Weather Days will be in effect:
- All YRDSB Schools will be CLOSED to students
- All student learning will be remote and asynchronous
- Office staff will mark all students using the attendance code of BC (Bad Weather/Bus Cancellation)
- Before and After Care programs will NOT run
The decision to declare an Inclement Weather Day will be made by 6:00 am. Families will receive an email notifying them that schools will be closed to students due to the weather. This will also be announced on local media (tv and radio), websites and twitter.
Please ensure you have completed a DAILY SCREENING for each of your children prior to sending them to school.
A reminder that all students grade 1-8 are to be wearing a mask at school. We have been distributing over 40 student masks a day. We ask that you please send your child with two reusable masks that can be washed and reused. Masks are available in the event student masks are soiled or wet.
Don’t forget to send water in a reusable water bottle with your child to school. One research study out of Harvard University notes, “Drinking enough water each day is crucial for many reasons: to regulate body temperature, keep joints lubricated, prevent infections, deliver nutrients to cells, and keep organs functioning properly. Being well-hydrated also improves sleep quality, cognition, and mood.”
Picture Day! REMINDER
The YRDSB has approved school photos to take place in our schools. Please save the date of December 8, 2021. Further details will be provided closer to Photo Day.