DUNLACE PUBLIC SCHOOL PARENT HANDBOOK
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DUNLACE PUBLIC SCHOOL PARENT HANDBOOK 2018-2019 It is the mission at Dunlace to create a safe and educational environment while honouring Students’ Right to Learn DUNLACE PUBLIC SCHOOL 20 DUNLACE DRIVE NORTH YORK, ONTARIO M2L 2S1 TEL: (416) 395-2370 FAX: (416) 395-2378 www.dunlace.ca www.schools.tdsb.on.ca/dunlace
September 2018 Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s), Welcome to École Dunlace Public School! Over 350 students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade Five attend classes here. We are a vibrant triple track school that offers an English track starting in Junior Kindergarten and a French Immersion track starting in Senior Kindergarten. This is our last year with the Extended French Program, as we say goodbye to our Grade 5 Extended French students in June. I am so pleased to be joining the Dunlace community. My priority is your children. I will work with the dedicated staff to create an environment that is safe, inclusive and where your child will be happy and successful. Dunlace is a spirited community school that is the result of hard- working staff working with eager students in a supportive and involved community. We set high standards for our students and help them attain them in a nurturing and supportive environment. Our staff focus on offering programs that help students grow academically, socially and emotionally so they can be productive citizens in our global community. One of keys to success is communication between home and school. Regular electronic communication is sent to keep families informed of what is happening at the school and you are welcome to follow us on Twitter. If you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher. We are pleased to help solve problems, interpret our programs and discuss the progress of your child. As the school year progresses, I hope your child will share with you their rich learning experiences and successes. I encourage you to participate in both school and community based activities and events. Participating in school events helps to ensure a strong partnership between home and school. We welcome volunteers in our building and hope that you will consider offering your time for the many events, trips and activities our school community has planned for this year. I invite you to explore this handbook to discover the extent and variety of information it includes. The handbook is updated annually to reflect frequently asked questions. I look forward to welcoming back our students for the 2018-19 school year as well as meeting each of you. Kind regards, Julie Kwon Principal
Message from Parent Council: Welcome back new and returning Dunlace families! The School Council functions in an advisory capacity to help the administration and staff deliver a top-level education program. The School Council informs parents of school issues, raises money to support school programmes, organizes information meetings, and implements many programmes and activities that benefit the students. Regular monthly meetings of the Council are held at the school and all parents in the Dunlace community are encouraged and welcome to attend. The Dunlace School Council is a proactive advisory body. It is a dynamic partnership among Dunlace families, staff, and the community. The fundamental purpose of the Dunlace School Council is to maximize student learning and enrich connections among home, school and the community. Through diverse representation and collaboration the Council will work to: · promote a safe environment · support the school’s administrative functions · encourage meaningful parental involvement · foster meaningful community involvement · provide opportunities for enrichment · provide opportunities for parent education and support · strategically raise funds · advocate for school and school board improvements. Parents and community members play a very important role in ensuring the success of our school and students. There are a variety of ways that you can get involved and contribute to your school community. Please come and join us...get involved...you will be enriching the lives of our children. We invite all parents who are interested in contributing to their child’s school in some way to attend our School Council meetings. Meeting dates are published in this handbook and are also noted in the school newsletters and other correspondence. We look forward to seeing you there. Dev Benham School Council Chair
About our School Dunlace Public School was opened in 1962, replacing the original Oriole Public School that served the community since 1826. Our school serves approximately 350 students. We are part of Learning Network 7, Ward 13. We are a triple track school offering regular English, as well asEarly and Extended French Immersion programs. The French Immersion and Extended French Programs are considered specialized programs at the TDSB and have very particular admission procedures. On the www.tdsb.on.ca website, there is information as of November/ December regarding the process, the deadlines and the advertising of the information sessions that are offered at all schools throughout the month of January. The school site includes a full gym facility, and a computer lab housed in the library. The grounds include: two adventure playgrounds (one belonging to the childcare centre and the other to the school); a kindergarten playground; basketball hoops; a baseball diamond; a soccer field and outdoor classrooms. An independent Daycare Centre, whose philosophy supports and extends that of the school, is housed in the building. School Goals Dunlace Public School’s goal is to help students develop self-discipline and a positive attitude towards learning so that they can become productive, caring and responsible members of society. We aim to balance the needs and rights of the individual with the needs and rights of the group. We strive to encourage the resolution of conflict through restorative practices. As a staff, we will provide a safe learning environment that fosters co-operation and positive self-esteem. We recognize the importance of the collaborative role of both parents and staff in the total education of students. We also encourage positive, on-going communication so that together parents and staff can work as partners towards the healthy and constructive growth of each child
Attendance and the Safe Arrival Program The Toronto District School Board requires students to attend school regularly and punctually. Prolonged absence or sporadic attendance will result in a disruption to learning. To ensure the safe and timely arrival of all students, parents are required to call and notify the school if a student will be absent or late. Please phone the Safe Arrival number at: 416-395-2373. Messages may be left on the Safe Arrival System 24 hours a day. The school secretary will listen to the answering machine d a i l y and correlate absences to the class attendance sheets. As part of our Safe Arrival procedure, the school will attempt to verify the location of each child absent to ensure their safety. If the school was unable to locate an absent child, or verify their absence, the principal would then consider calling the police to report a missing child. How to call our Safe Arrival Program (Attendance Line) 1. Dial (416) 395-2373 2. After the message press 1. 3. Speak loudly and clearly state: • First and last name of the child • Child’s Grade and teacher’s name • Reason and length of absence • Date of your call 4. You may call anytime, 24 hours/day Attendance, Late Arrivals, Extended Absences Enduring knowledge and understanding comes from hands-on experiences and interactions with teachers and classmates. Daily attendance is required except for illness, religious observances, or mitigating family circumstances. It is important that students maintain regular attendance and that they arrive on time. Students are considered late for school if they are not in their classrooms by the start of instruction (8:45 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.) Students who arrive after these times must sign in at the office and receive an admit slip before going to class. Parents / guardians of students who are repeatedly late will be contacted and an action plan will be created to support the student and family. As well, a letter may be placed in the student’s Ontario Student Records File. If your child will be absent from school for an extended period of time, please notify the office in
writing. Please note that if your child is absent for an extended period of time (e.g., vacation), he / she may be demitted from his / her classroom placement and will need to re-register upon his / her return to school. Teachers will not provide work to be done while the student is absent. Picking up your Child/Children Many of our children are picked up by their parents / guardians. If your child is to be picked up by someone other than a parent / guardian or a sibling, please notify the classroom teacher or office in writing. At dismissal times, students are escorted to their exit doors; parents / guardians are asked to wait outside the doors rather than in the hallway. Establish a safe meeting place with your child. Departure During School Hours Students who must leave the school early for appointments, etc., are required to bring a written note from a parent / guardian and sign out in the office. For your child’s protection, students will not be dismissed early unless signed out by a parent / guardian. Children under the age of 12 will not be sent home unescorted during the middle of the school day and must be picked up by an authorized adult. If it is necessary for a student to be released early from class, parents must check in at the office upon arrival at the school. The student will be called from class to meet you at the office. Parents are asked to refrain from going directly to classrooms. If you will be picking up your child during the recess times (10:05 – 10:20 a.m. or 1:50 - 2:05 p.m.), please arrange for him / her to wait for you in the office rather than go outside for recess. School Hours Daily Schedule 8:45 - 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 - 3:15 p.m. Outdoor Supervision Before school-8:30 a.m. and after school-3:15- 3:30 p.m. Students arriving prior to 8:30 a.m. or remaining after 3:30 p.m. are not supervised and are not permitted in the building unless accompanied by a teacher or a staff member. For the safety and protection of students we require ALL VISITORS AND PARENTS to start their visit at the main office. Please sign in and wear a “VISITOR” tag.
Student Illness Students who are not feeling well should be kept at home under adult supervision – there are no facilities at Dunlace to care for students who are ill. If a child becomes ill at school, the teacher will notify the office. Parents will be contacted and will be asked to pick up the student at school. Please note that students will not be permitted to walk home by themselves during the school day. Allergies If your child has an allergy, especially to food, please be sure that the school office has been notified. Children with anaphylactic allergies are expected to carry their Epipens at all times while at school. A second Epipen may be stored in the main office. More and more children have extreme sensitivities to peanuts, tree nuts and nut products. Therefore, Dunlace is a “Nut-aware” environment. For the safety of all our students, we ask you to check carefully that all food sent to school – for recess snacks or lunch –does not contain nuts or nut products (including peanut butter, Nutella, almonds, hazelnuts, cashews, pistachios, pecans, walnuts, sesame seeds, sesame snaps, etc.). Careful reading of the ingredients in snack bars, cookies and candy bars will tell you if peanuts or nuts are an ingredient. If they are, we ask that your child not bring those foods to school. Medications Whenever possible, physicians should be requested to prescribe medication which can be administered outside of school hours. In the event that medication must be given during school hours, please contact the school. A specific procedure must be followed which requires written requests by both the parents and the physician. Please see the office for the required forms. Recess All students are required to go outside during recess breaks. We will not send students out during severe weather. Please ensure that your child is always dressed appropriately for the weather. Parents are also asked to include extra clothing for rainy or snowy days. Morning recess is from 10:05 am – 10:20 am Afternoon Recess is from 1:50 pm – 2:05 pm School Doors As part of the Safe Welcome Program, access to the school will be granted through the front door buzzer system. We request that all visitors and parents report to the office every time they come into the building. Adults can obtain a visitor’s tag if required. Please remember to
sign out and drop off your tag at the end of your visit. If you need to drop something off for your child, please do this through the office and not by going to the class. Thank you for your cooperation in ensuring the safety of our students. Dunlace P.S. Dress Code The overall objective of the code is to ensure that students dress appropriately for school. All students are expected to dress in a manner conducive with a positive learning environment. APPROPRIATE clothing consists of the following: • Weather appropriate attire to be worn outdoors (i.e. hat, mitts, coat, boots) • Regular or sleeveless t-shirts, which must meet the bottoms at waist level • Shorts/skirts of appropriate length • Pants secured at the waist • Indoor pair of running shoes INAPPROPRIATE clothing consists of the following: • Clothing with offensive language or images • Pants with long chains or folded down to reveal skin • Uncovered undergarments. • Over-sized jewelry (hoop, chandelier earrings or heavy chains) • Spiked heels, over-sized platform shoes, steel-toed shoes or boots, shoes with wheels are unsafe and therefore not permitted The classroom teacher will initially discuss/address concerns regarding the dress code. Where necessary, students will be referred to the Principal and parents will be contacted. This Dress Code is in effect on school property and on school field trips or other school sponsored events. Second Pair of Shoes For safety and health reasons, students need to wear shoes in class at all times - in all seasons. Students are asked to bring a second pair of running shoes that can be left at school and worn during the school day. Personal Belongings Parents are requested to label their children’s clothing, boots, gloves, scarves, water bottles, shoes, lunch bags, etc. with their child’s name. At times, clothing is misplaced and many children have identical or similar clothing. If a student has lost or misplaced an article of clothing, there is a good chance it will be in the LOST AND FOUND bench located near the
daycare centre. Students should look in this bench and parents are also encouraged to come to the school and look for lost items. Every year many articles of clothing are left behind. Three times each year these items are collected and sent to charitable organizations. Bicycles, Skateboards, Scooters and Roller Blades All students are expected to dismount and walk their bicycles, skateboards, scooters and roller blades upon arrival at school. Bicycles must be locked and stored in the rack provided. The school does NOT assume responsibility for lost or stolen bicycles. Skateboards, scooters and roller blades should be used only to travel to and from school. They must remain in the classroom during school hours. Bicycle helmets are required by law for all children under age 18 riding bicycles on public roads. We highly recommend that all our students wear helmets and protective equipment while riding bicycles, skateboards, scooters and roller blades. Electronic Devices and Toys IPods, MP3 players, video games, collector cards, electronic toys, toy weapons, baseballs and bats and other toys are not permitted in the school. Cell phones are to be turned off and remain in the student’s knapsack while on school premises. Parents who wish to contact their child during school hours may leave a message by calling the office. Fire Drills and Lock-down Procedures Fire drills are held three times during the fall, and three additional times during the spring, to ensure that the school can be evacuated in an orderly, panic-free manner in case of an emergency. Students must wear shoes at all times, as fire drills are unannounced and everyone must leave the building when the fire alarm sounds. Two school lock-down procedures are also conducted; one in the fall and another in the spring. Lunch Time Procedures Our school system does not provide cafeteria facilities for elementary school students. Students eat in their classroom or designated area. Our space is very limited during the lunch hour. Student who are within a reasonable walking distance are encouraged to go home for
lunch. Students staying at school for lunch must remain on the school property and adhere to specific regulations. Students in grades 1 to 6 eat lunch in their classroom or designated area from 11:30 am – 11:50 am. They will spend the remainder of the lunch period outdoors. Kindergarten students will begin the lunch period outdoors from 11:30am – 11:50 am. They will then enter to eat lunch and spend the remainder of the lunch period in their classroom. Supervision is provided by our lunchroom supervisors. The authority of the teachers and lunch supervisors must be respected at all times. Failure of students to respect the noon hour regulations will result in this privilege being withdrawn for a specific period of time. Students who normally stay at school for lunch must have a written, dated note from a parent to leave school during the lunch hour. Before leaving, students must sign out at the office. Upon returning for afternoon classes, students are to sign back in at the office. If a student has forgotten his/her lunch, every attempt will be made to c ontact a parent. Please drop the forgotten lunch off at the office. Students will be called down at the appropriate time to pick it up. We encourage all students to bring a nutritional snack and lunch. Please review the following expectations with your child: • Be seated at all times while eating your lunch - no walking with food in your mouth or in your hand. • Talk quietly. • Follow all instructions given by the lunchroom supervisors. • Respect those children with food allergies and help maintain safety for them. Please do not bring peanuts/ nuts or peanut / nut products to school. • Dunlace is an ECO school and encourages Boomerang Lunches – Please pack a litterless lunch using reusable containers including juice and water bottles. • All students are expected to go outside for fresh air and exercise after eating except in very cold or rainy weather. • Dress appropriately for weather (i.e., cold weather: hats, coats, mittens, boots, etc.) Lunch Lady The “Lunch Lady” is a hot lunch service provided by a private caterer. They provide nutritious lunches to students for a small fee. Menus are available at the Community Bulletin Board. The Lunch Lady is not available on special lunch days, such as Pizza Lunch (every Friday). Lunch Lady does not deliver lunches during severe weather when school busses are cancelled. For more information call 905-470-2598 or check their website: www.lunchladygroup.com School Buses Students in Kindergarten through Grade 5, living at a distance greater than 1.6 km from the school, may be transported to and from school by a chartered bus. The Toronto District
School Board supplies and operates the buses for our school. Students are expected to ride the bus every day if eligible. We require a written note from parents to allow a student to walk home on days he/she is not riding the bus. Our school’s code of conduct also applies when students are on the school bus. Our drivers report all problems/infractions to the school administration. Students who receive warnings will place their bus privileges in jeopardy. Bus privileges may be revoked for a specific period of time. Students riding on school buses (either daily or for excursions) are expected to: • be punctual in arriving at the bus pick-up point. • behave in a courteous and responsible manner while waiting for, riding on and leaving a school bus. • co-operate and abide by the bus riding rules. • board and depart the buses in an orderly manner. • follow all instructions given by the bus driver. Parents will be contacted if these rules are not adhered to and alternate arrangements may have to be made. For our youngest students, TDSB offers the Purple=Parent program. A purple band is placed on your child’s backpack to assist the driver in identifying students that are not to be left at a drop- off stop without being met by a designated parent or caregiver. Personal items that are left on the bus are sent to the First Student Canada Lost and Found department. If personal items are labeled with the student’s name and school, drivers may return them to the school. Transportation Information Families that have children who are bussed can access information specific to your child’s transportation, including route number, stop location, times and bus company contact details. Register here: https://www.torontoschoolbus.org/transportation-portal/ Contact Information: Toronto Student Transportation Group Phone: 416-394-4287 Fax: 416-394-3806 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.torontoschoolbus.org Delay Notifications: www.torontoschoolbus.org/school-bus-delays/
Snowy Days –School Bus Cancellations and School Closings Occasionally, severe weather conditions may require the Toronto District School Board to cancel transportation and / or close schools. Keeping Your Child Safe In the event of severe weather conditions, please keep children at home if possible. Decision to Close Schools The decision to close schools is made by the Director of Education. School Closures and Cancellation of Transportation Services Closure of schools or cancellation of transportation services will be announced from 6:30 a.m. onward. Families are encouraged to listen to the news (radio/television) or check the TDSB website at: www.tdsb.on.ca Parking and Bus Zone Upon arriving at Dunlace, students are to be dropped off in the schoolyard. To limit the traffic congestion, please consider walking your child(ren) to school. Please do not use the “bus loop ” o r p a r k i n g l o t to drop off your child as this is unsafe for many s t u d e n t s and staf f . Parents are welcome to use the Kiss and Ride/Safety Patrollers before school to assist with drop off of students. The Kiss and Ride is located just to the east of the school bus loop. Ø Parents and students should use the nearby crosswalk to cross the street. Ø Students should not be jaywalking or walking between parked cars. Ø Students should always enter through the front doors when there is a possibility that they are late or when the weather is inclement to avoid being at the back of the building alone with the doors locked. After entering the front door, they should report to the office for further instructions from staff. Thank you for your understanding and co-operation regarding our traffic and safety procedures. School Telephones To avoid disruptions of classroom instruction, students will be allowed to use the school phones in an emergency situation only. Parents are requested to convey personal messages prior to leaving for school.
Volunteers and Visitors Volunteers and Parents are welcomed and valued members of our school. Each person volunteering or visiting the school is required to sign-in at the office and to wear a tag identifying them as a visitor/volunteer. Tags are available at the office. The Toronto District School Board requires that volunteers complete a “Volunteer Police Reference Check.” Forms are available in the office or from your child’s teacher. Communication We send communications electronically in order to reduce paper use for environmental reasons and to reduce photocopying costs. Please visit www.dunlace.ca to register your email account and receive school updates and communication. An updated school calendar is provided on the Dunlace website to inform you of the upcoming school events. You are also welcome to join us on Twitter! Learn about all of the exciting things happening at Dunlace- @TDSB_DunlacePS Excursions An essential part of your child’s program involves activities which take place outside of school. These trips are an extension of the learning which goes on in the classroom and, as such, all students are encouraged to participate. You will be asked to sign a consent form for each out-of-school trip that your child’s class takes. We will not be able to allow your child to participate without the signed consent form. A cost might be attached to each trip to cover admission and transportation. Subsidies are available to support eligible families with the cost of excursions. Speak to an administrator for more information. Co-Curricular Activities Co-curricular activities are an extension of the academic program and an integral part of student life. Many activities occur during lunch recess but others occur either in the morning before classes or after school. The extra time and effort given by staff and other volunteers who organize and supervise these activities is greatly appreciated. Students should listen each morning to the announcements for activity meeting times and locations.
Code of Conduct It is the responsibility of all members of Dunlace Public School to create and maintain a safe, nurturing, positive and respectful learning environment. As a community of learners, we expect all of our members to demonstrate respectful and responsible behaviour. These expectations are based upon the Education Act, the Ministry of Education, and the TDSB Code of Conduct. Please review these school rules with your child(ren). I will be at school on time and ready to learn. I will follow school and class rules. I will use polite language, be respectful and show good manners with fellow students, teachers, parents and other adults. I will keep my hands and my feet to myself. I will respect the property of others, school property and environment. I will provide help when appropriate and seek help when needed. I will find safe and fair solutions to a problem. I will be responsible when using the Internet, computers and electronic equipment. I will keep our school clean, safe and peaceful. I will follow the Dunlace Dress Code. RESPONSIBILITIES PARENTS AGREE TO MODEL & SUPPORT THE T.D.S.B. CODE OF CONDUCT STUDENTS AGREE TO FOLLOW THE T.D.S.B. CODE OF CONDUCT STAFF AGREE TO MODEL & IMPLEMENT THE T.D.S.B. CODE OF CONDUCT CONSEQUENCES Each student is an individual and circumstances vary from one situation to another. Consequences will vary according to the specific situation. The following stages may represent typical levels of escalating consequences: ● Meeting between teacher and student. ● Record documentation (e.g. solution sheet). ● Meeting between principal and student. ● Parent involvement. ● Logical consequences (e.g. loss of privileges) ● Removal from school activity. ● Withdrawal from school activities. ● Formal suspension
TDSB Online Code of Conduct The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) provides online systems and resources for use by employees and students. Online resources include all material that is accessed through a computer or telecommunications network. All policies, procedures, codes of behaviour and rules of the TDSB apply to those using online systems and resources provided by or on behalf of the TDSB. The "Code of Online Conduct" pertains to the use of online systems and resources. This Code has been prepared to protect the rights and safety of all. The TDSB takes appropriate measures to ensure the security of the facilities and information that may be contained in them. The TDSB reserves the right to monitor the use of online resources by all that access the systems. 1) Personal Safety Rules • Never reveal information about your personal identity (such as your name, address, phone number, age, physical description or school) to strangers whom you may encounter online. Likewise, do not reveal such information in a public online forum where you may not know everyone who might see the information. • Never reveal personal information online about someone else unless you have their prior permission and you know the information will not be used for harmful purposes. • Never reveal your access password or that of anyone else. • Never send a picture of yourself, another person or a group over an electronic network without prior informed permission of all the individuals involved and, in the case of minors, their parents or guardians. • Report immediately to a teacher any message or request that you receive that bothers you or that suggests personal contact with you. • Never publish the specific dates, times and locations of field trips to people who are not directly entitled to such information or to public forums where unknown persons might access the information. 2) Unacceptable Sites and Materials • On a global network such as the Internet it is impossible to effectively control the content of the information. On occasion, users of online systems may encounter material that is controversial and which other users, parents or staff might consider inappropriate or offensive. It is the responsibility of the individual user not to intentionally access such material. If such material is accessed by accident, the incident must be reported immediately to a teacher or appropriate authority. • The Toronto District School Board is committed to meeting obligations under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Ontario Human Rights Code by providing safe schools and workplaces that respect the rights of every individual. Discrimination and harassment will not be tolerated. It is not acceptable to use online
systems to knowingly access sites, which contain material of a discriminatory or harassing nature. • Users of the TDSB Online systems will not knowingly access, upload, download, store, display, distribute or publish any information that: o is illegal or that advocates illegal acts or facilitates unlawful activity; o threatens or intimidates any person or suggests violence, hatred or discrimination toward other people; o uses inappropriate and/or abusive language or conduct; o contains inappropriate religious or political messages; o violates or infringes the rights of any other person according to the Toronto District School Board policies, Ministry of Education policies, the Ontario Human Rights Code, or the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms; o is racially, culturally or religiously offensive; o encourages the use of controlled substances, participation in an illegal act or uses the system to incite criminal actions; o is of a defamatory, abusive, obscene, profane, pornographic or sexually explicit nature; o contains personal information , images, or signatures of individuals without their prior informed consent; o constitutes messages of sexual harassment or which contains inappropriate romantic overtones; o solicits any users on behalf of any business or commercial organization without appropriate authorization; o supports bulk mail, junk mail or "spamming"; o propagates chain letters, or other e-mail debris; o attempts to hide, disguise or misrepresent the identity of the sender. 3) Use Guidelines All users of TDSB online systems will do the following: • Keep use of online services within reasonable limits in terms of time and volume of information transferred through the system. Excessive use of the system may disrupt services for all users (e.g. sending mass mailings of large documents or transferring large files at times of peak system usage). • Report to an appropriate authority any harm to the system or to information on the system whether that harm has been caused accidentally or intentionally. 4) Prohibited Uses and Activities All users of TDSB online systems will not do the following: • Copy, download, install or run viruses or other inappropriate or unauthorized materials such as games, files, scripts, fonts, or dynamic link libraries (DLL's) from any source.
• Cause damage to any computer(s) and/or equipment including, but not limited to computer hardware, furniture, projectors, connectors, keyboards, storage devices (e.g. disk drives), and pointing devices (e.g. mice). • Damage or erase files or information belonging to any person without authorization. • Use any other person's account on the system. • Cause any user to lose access to the system - for example, by disabling accounts or changing passwords without authorization. • Open a computer case, move a computer, tamper with computer cables or connections without proper authorization. • Attach unauthorized devices to a computer or network. Such devices include but are not limited to portable computers, disk drives, protocol analyzers, and other electronic or mechanical devices. Move, copy, or modify any of the system files or settings on any computer, server or other device without proper authorization. • Compromise themselves or others by unauthorized copying of information, work or software belonging to others, encouraging others to abuse the computers or network, displaying, transferring or sharing inappropriate materials. Software pirating and unauthorized copying of material belonging to others is regarded as theft. • Copy, transfer or use files, programs or any other information belonging to the TDSB for any reason whatever unless the licensing specifically permits such actions. • Attempt to subvert the TDSB networks by breaching security measures, hacking accessing records without authorization or any other type of disruption. • Take the ideas, writings or images of others and present them as if they were yours. Under copyright laws, all information remains the property of the creator(s)/author(s) and therefore permission is required for its use. The use of copyright materials without permission can result in legal action. 5) Consequences Inappropriate use of online access by students and staff could result in disciplinary action that may include legal action and/or involvement of police. 6) Online Publishing Information published on the Internet or Intranet can reach millions of people who are mostly unknown to the original publishers. For this reason, it is important to regulate information that is published through the facilities of the Toronto District School Board. • The electronic publication of information using the facilities of the TDSB is subject to all TDSB policies and guidelines. • Links from a Toronto District Board site to outside sites must be carefully selected and are subject to the same standards of content quality as TDSB sites. • A means of contacting the publisher of any collection of information (such as a Web site) must be clearly identified on the opening screen of the collection. • The information published online must be kept current and accurate with no conscious attempt to mislead the reader.
• Personal information such as personal addresses, phone numbers, individual or group pictures, or signatures cannot be published without express informed permission according to TDSB procedures. • For the safety of our students, schools or departments must NOT publish specific dates, times and locations of future field trips. • The appropriate school or department administrator is responsible for ensuring that all work published is original or has been cleared for copyright with the originator and ownership of the copyright is clearly indicated. • Advertising on any TDSB related electronic publication is subject to the approval of the appropriate supervisory officer. • All Web pages posted to the Internet must be linked to the official central site of the Toronto District School Board. • All Web pages hosted on the TDSB corporate site or paid for by the TDSB are considered property of the TDSB. 7) Liability The Toronto District School Board makes no warranties of any nature or kind, expressed or implied, regarding its online services or resources, the continued operation of these services, the equipment and facilities used and their capacities, or the suitability, operability and safety of any program or file posted on TDSB systems for any intended purpose. Child Services During the school year, a child may disclose that they have been the victim of abuse. Should a child disclose such information, whether true or not, the adult is obligated to report this disclosure to the Children’s Aid Society. The teacher will not contact the family to verify the information or conduct their own investigation. These tasks are the responsibility of the Children’s Aid Society. The duty a teacher has to report suspected cases of abuse is based on a “reasonable suspicion” that the act disclosed is true. This duty to report suspicions of abuse is a professional obligation that has significant fines for failing to disclose suspected abuse. Dunlace Children’s Centre The Dunlace Children’s Centre is a non-profit childcare facility, which services both pre- school and school age children. Children may attend for half-day sessions, full-day sessions, or for the hours before and after school. The Centre is located within Dunlace Public School, on the main floor, down the hall from the office. The Dunlace Children’s Centre is open for the duration of the school year, opening in late August and closing at the end of June. The hours of operation are: Monday to Friday: 7:30 am. to 6:00 pm. sharp. Saturday and Sunday: Closed.
From time to time throughout the year, notices are placed in the Dunlace School Newsletter, or the Dunlace Council’s Newsletter regarding the various activities of the children’s centre. Director: Michelle Gulston Telephone: (416) 445-7976 Dunlace School Council The Dunlace School Council consists of parents who volunteer their time to work with the school staff, enriching the school and promoting a sense of community among the families in the school. Each school is mandated by the Ontario government to have a School Council. It is an advisory body, created to promote the best interests of the school community. Its responsibilities include reviewing school policies and procedures, curriculum, school budgets, and organizing some of the school’s extracurricular activities. The School Council meets between 4-6 times a year, usually on a Thursday evening in the school library at 6:30 p.m. School Council Meeting Agendas are distributed in advance of each meeting. Meetings provide insight regarding school curriculum, current school issues, and School Council subcommittee reports. Involvement by parents is the key to a successful school atmosphere and the education of our children. The School Council provides an opportunity for you to have a meaningful impact on your child’s educational experience. All parents are welcome and encouraged to attend and participate. The following are summaries of the Committees and activities of School Council. EXECUTIVE RESPONSIBILITIES Chair: Sets the agenda in consultation with School Council members, maintains communication with all committees, posts the agenda prior to meeting date, signs documents, chairs meetings, liaises with Principal and Executive Committee, produces an annual summary. Vice-Chair: Assists the Chair when necessary and fills in when the Chair is not available. Treasurer: Manages bank accounts, signs documents, keeps records of all financial transactions, produces monthly financial statements, produces an end of year financial report. Secretary: Takes minutes at School Council meetings and arranges for their distribution and posting. Also maintains records of all correspondence. In addition it is the responsibility of the Executive Committee to produce an annual report at the end of each school year that includes a financial summary. Past Chair: Provides guidance and support to the current Chair and Council. MEMBER ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITES Canadian Parents for French (CPF) Representative This representative liaises between the Canadian Parents for French (CPF) and the School
Council, attending CPF meetings and reporting to the council on their activities as appropriate. Communications Committee Chair This Chair is responsible for facilitating communication from the school. Examples include assisting with newsletter submissions, school council updates, and facilitating media coverage of school events. Class Parent Representative This representative recruits and coordinates a parent from each class to act as liaison between the teacher and parents of their respective class by providing for communication between all parties. Constitution and Bylaws Chair This Chair prepares constitutional and bylaws revisions. Daycare Representative This Chair (often the Daycare Chair) liaises between the Daycare and the School Council, attending Daycare meetings and reporting to the School Council on their activities as appropriate. Special Event Committee Chair This Chair is responsible for efforts to develop the school community and raise money through special events. Fundraising Committee Chair This Chair is responsible for efforts to raise money that is used for the benefit of the children and the school within the guidelines set out in the TDSB Fundraising Policy. Fun Fair Committee Chair This Chair is responsible for organizing, planning and executing the Fun Fair. This Chair works closely with the Fundraising Chair and keeps the School Council informed of their activities. PRACTICE: The Fun Fair is held annually on a Saturday in May. Grade Five Committee Chair (Graduating Committee) This committee includes the Grade 5 teachers and is responsible for organizing and coordinating activities that may include a graduation ceremony, party and any necessary fundraising activities. This Chair works closely with the Fundraising Chair and keeps the School Council informed of their activities. Information Technology Chair The Chair works with the school to coordinate School Council communication on the school website. Lunch Committee Chair This Chair is responsible for organizing extracurricular programs at lunch for the benefit of the students and coordinating “Lunch Lady” and Pizza Lunch. PRACTICE: Special lunch days may include but are not limited to pizza and hot dog lunches. Ward Representative This representative attends the Ward Trustee meetings and reports to the School Council as required.
New Initiatives This is an ad hoc committee made up of the Principal, teachers and parents. It develops policies and procedures specific for Dunlace, resulting from issues arising from the School Improvement Plan, Safe Schools Act and any other policies introduced through the TDS Board. Members at Large These members participate in discussions at meetings and may belong to any of the School Council committees. All meetings are in the school library @ 6:30 ( babysitting provided). DUNLACE P.S. IMPORTANT DATES 2018-2019 SEPTEMBER First Day of School Tuesday, September 4, 2018 Kiss & Ride/Safety Patrollers Begin Wednesday, September 12, 2018 Blue Jays Spirit Day Friday, September 21, 2018 School Council Elections/Meeting Thursday, September 27, 2018 Orange Shirt Day Friday, September 28, 2018 OCTOBER Professional Activity Day (No School) Friday, October 5, 2018 Thanksgiving (No School) Monday, October 8, 2018 Curriculum Night Thursday, October 11, 2018 Wacky Hair/Hat Spirit Day Friday, October 19, 2018 Halloween Dance Friday, October 26, 2018 School Photo Day TBD NOVEMBER School Council Meeting Thursday, November 8, 2018 Progress Reports go Home Wednesday, November 14, 2018 Parent Teacher Interviews Week of November 12-16. 2018 Professional Activity Day (No School) Friday, November 16, 2018 PJs Spirit Day Friday, November 23, 2018 School Photo Re-takes TBD DECEMBER Professional Activity Day (No School) Friday, December 7, 2018 Holiday Concert Thursday, December 13, 2018 (tentative) Winter Holidays (No School) December 24, 2018-January 4, 2019 JANUARY School Re-Opens Monday, January 7, 2019 Professional Activity Day (No School) Friday, January 18, 2019 Twins Spirit Day Friday, January 25, 2019 FEBRUARY Term 1 Report Cards Go Home Wednesday, February 13, 2019 Parent Teacher Interviews Week of February 11-15, 2019
Professional Activity Day (No School) Friday, February 15, 2019 Family Day (No School) Monday, February 18, 2019 School Council Meeting Thursday, February 21, 2019 Dance a Thon TBD MARCH March Break March 11 – March 15, 2019 APRIL School Council Meeting Thursday, April 11, 2019 Good Friday (No School) Friday, April 19, 2019 Easter Monday (No School) Monday, April 22, 2019 Sports Jersey Day Friday, April 26, 2019 MAY Education Week May 6-10, 2019 Spring Concert Thursday, May 2, 2019 (tentative) Victoria Day (No School) Monday, May 20, 2019 EQAO (Gr. 3&6) May 21-June 3, 2019 Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast Thursday, May 30, 2019 JUNE Professional Activity Day Friday, June 7, 2019 Grade 5 Graduation Thursday, June 20, 2019 Kindergarten Graduation Friday, June 21, 2019 Second Term Reports Go Home Wednesday, June 26, 2019 Last Day of School Thursday, June 27, 2019 Professional Activity Day (No School) Friday, June 28, 2019
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