Families play a critical role in keeping our school safe, please ensure that you screen your children daily prior to sending them to school.
Use the link below: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/
Thank you for your continued support.
Please take some time to review this important information with your child on how to wear a mask. Please remind your child of the importance of wearing masks properly and to not hang it from their neck or ears or take it off when talking to others. A reminder to please send masks (at least 3) for your child, so they have back-ups ready. Please remember to wash cloth masks daily. Students are permitted to wear their mask outside for recess if they prefer.
We continue to see the benefits of students spending time outside and being active. A reminder to families to please ensure students are coming to school dressed appropriately for the colder winter weather. Students will continue to spend time outdoors during recess and lunch and will continue to engage in outdoor learning activities with their classmates. Classroom windows may also be open at various points during the school day to enhance ventilation so it is recommended that students dress in layers.
Being Safe in our Community
It’s a good time for parents and guardians to remind children about personal safety. We ask that families take some time to review the following information together. 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.
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.
For more information on this subject, visit www.yrp.ca.
From the YRDSB: UPDATED Inclement Weather Policy – 2020/2021
This year, we are doing many things differently in our schools to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and support the health and safety of our students, staff members and families. As we enter the colder months, we have also reviewed what it will look like when inclement weather days are declared and school transportation is cancelled.
We usually try to keep schools open as much as possible, and in previous years, schools have remained open when school transportation is cancelled. This year, however, given the importance of adhering to our health and safety guidelines, we have made the decision to close schools to students when an inclement weather day is declared and school transportation is cancelled. Please do not send your child to school when an inclement weather day is declared. We are unable to guarantee appropriate coverage for students on inclement weather days when school transportation is closed and classes cannot be combined.
Please take the time to make plans in the event of an inclement weather day school closure. Please note that before and after care programs will not be operating on inclement weather days. For on-site, full-day child care, please confirm with your childcare operator. We recognize that this may be an inconvenience for some families. This decision was not made lightly and made to prioritize the health and safety of students, staff members and families.
There are rare occasions when school transportation is cancelled due to extreme cold weather and not road conditions, and schools will remain open for students.
Student learning will continue:
- Students attending elementary school in person will be provided with learning activities for the day through their Google classroom and teachers will be available online to support students.
- Students attending secondary school in person will shift to virtual learning for all of their classes for the day.
- Elementary and secondary virtual schools will operate as normal.
Communication to families
Decisions about school transportation and school closures will be made as early as possible and no later than 6:00 a.m. We will do our best to notify families in advance. Our priority continues to be the safety of our students, staff members and families. If you have any questions, please speak with your school principal.
Transportation cancellations or school closures will also continue to be communicated through:
- Student Transportation Services website: www.schoolbuscity.com
- Student Transportation Hotline: 1-877-330-3001
- Board website and school websites
- @YRDSB Twitter account
- Radio and TV media outlets
Families who have provided the school with their cell phone will also receive a text message, unless you have opted out of this service. Please contact your school if you have any questions.
For more information on inclement weather days, please visit our website www.yrdsb.ca.
Warm in Winter & Food Drive @ Parkview P.S.
We are collecting NEW winter items (mittens, scarves, hats, gloves) for students in grades K-8, these items will be donated to children in need. We will also be collecting non perishable food items (such as canned foods, pasta etc) to donate to a local food bank. Drop boxes will be located in the front foyer and students are welcome to drop items off each morning, ensuring that they maintain physical distance, are wearing a mask, and sanitize their hands. Thank you for your support as our school strives to give back and make our world a better place. These drives will run from November 23rd- December 7th.
Thank you to families who have made contributions to our Warm in Winter & Food Drive.
All communication from the school comes via:
- School Website http://www.yrdsb.ca/schools/parkview.ps/Pages/default.aspx
- School Twitter Account @parkviewPS1
- School Blog https://parkviewpulse.org/
- Electronic Communication via email
We would like to remind all of our families that our goal is to work together to support the well-being of all our students. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns. We look forward to working in partnership with our Parkview Community.
Please visit our School Website for all up-to-date school information.