Safety in our Community

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

Here’s what children need to know:

  • To never approach or enter a stranger’s vehicle.  A responsible adult would never ask a child for directions or for their help with something like finding a lost pet.
  • If they think they are being followed or are in danger they should run home, back to the school or to a public place and immediately report the incident.
  • If someone grabs them, they should try to get away, yelling and screaming ‘fire’ while doing so to attract attention.
  • How to contact their parents at any time, by memorizing cell or work numbers.
  • How and under what circumstances to call 911.
  • 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.
  • It is important to play in safe areas, never take shortcuts and stick with a buddy whenever possible.
  • Follow the guidance that “if in doubt, check it out.”

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, visit www.yrp.ca.

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York Region Police Road Safety Program September 18th

Dear Families,

Our schools work in close partnership with York Regional Police to promote safety in our school communities for our students, staff and families.

On the morning of Monday Sept. 18, 2017 parents and students should expect to see a heightened police and media presence in the area of W.J. Watson P.S. to educate drivers of the importance of driving carefully in school zones, especially during school hours.

The objective of this event is to educate members of the community of the importance of driving carefully in school zones, especially during school hours. The safety and well-being of our students is one of our top priorities at YRDSB and this event is one more way we are working to promote safety within our school community. Along with partners at York Regional Police, we would like to thank all of our community members who watch carefully for our students, avoid speeding in residential neighbourhoods and obey the laws governing school buses.

Please see the letter below from York Region Police for more information.

 

LETTER TO PARENTS REGARDING ROAD SAFETY EVENT - YRP

Safety Bulletin – Driving

Safety Bulletin

The safety of our students, staff and community members is our priority.

Driving – Drop Off and Pick Up

Adults driving students are expected to stop their vehicles on the east side of Carrick Avenue. Students are to cross Carrick Avenue with the crossing guard at the south end of the parking lot.

Please note: during entry and exit times (8:45 – 9:15 a.m. and 3:15 – 3:45 p.m.), vehicles are not permitted in the bus loop, or any of the school parking areas.

Daycare parking is for children attending the daycare only.

At all times, parking at the side of the building is for caretaking staff and deliveries only.

With your help, we can work together to ensure that all members of our school community are safe, and that all children feel secure in and around our school. Thank you for your attention and cooperation in following these important safety measures.

Safety Bulletin – No dogs

Safety Bulletin

The safety of our students, staff and community members is our priority.

Please note that dogs are NOT permitted on school property during school and daycare hours (6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.).  Even under direct supervision, dogs can cause fear and anxiety in many children. When dropping off or picking up your child(ren) at the back door, we ask you to leave all pets at home.

 

With your help, we can work together to ensure that all members of our school community are safe, and that all children feel secure in and around our school. Thank you for your attention and cooperation in following these important safety measures.