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GENERAL SCHOOL RULES AND ROUTINES

COVID-19 UPDATE


It is imperative that parents continue to use this SCREENING TOOL every morning. 

For parents looking for more information, please see the OCSB Supports site on the school board’s website.



ST. THERESA DRESS CODE

Students are to dress appropriately for school – no midriff-baring shirts, tank tops with spaghetti straps or shirts with inappropriate language, no bare backs, and shorts and skirts are to be of an appropriate length (tips of finger at arm's length). Appropriate footwear such as running shoes or summer shoes with straps are better alternatives to flip flops.  Flip flop sandals cannot be worn when playing on the play structures and can be unsafe when running in the schoolyard.


ABSENCES/LATES

If your child will not be attending school for any reason, please call the school daily at 613-837-4114 and/or email theresa@ocsb.ca.  On snow days, it is best to email as our voicemail box gets filled up very quickly.

Please call the office;

1) if you know in advance that your child will be away, 
2) if your child will be leaving school early for any reason,
3) if there is a change in the regular routine (ex: a different person picking your child up). 

***As Ottawa Public Health needs to track covid symptoms and possible cases, it is very important this year to indicate why your child is not at school.  If your child is sick, we ask that you please provide us with more details including symptoms.  We can then follow up with you and OPH if needed.  We thank you for your understanding as we try to keep everyone safe.***



 ALLERGY ALERT!

St. Theresa School continues to have a high number of children with severe life-threatening food allergies to peanuts, nuts, shellfish (anaphylaxis) and other food sensitivities. This is a medical condition that causes a severe reaction to specific foods and can result in death within seconds. Although this may or may not directly affect your child’s class, we ask that you choose to send snacks to school that do not contain peanut/nut products or shellfish. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. 


TREATS FOR BIRTHDAYS AND SPECIAL EVENTS 

Student birthdays and other special events are highlighted in many ways at school.  Due to the increasing number of students with multiple allergies and the risk of cross-contamination, St. Theresa School does not allow food treats to be brought into the school to share with other students.  Thank you for your understanding in this matter.


MEDICATION

According to School Board Policy, medication can be given to students only if parents have followed Board procedures and have completed the Board-approved forms. These forms may be obtained at the school or on this webpage (under forms above) and must be renewed each September.  Any change in dosage will not be accepted without prior notification by parents and an updated Request and Consent for Admission of Medication form from the parents and physician.  It is against Board policy for the school to give any child routine medication on a short-term basis, e.g. aspirin or antibiotics.  All medication must be in its original bottle.


KEEPING OUR SCHOOL SECURE AND STUDENTS SAFE

All visitors, volunteers, and parents are to enter the school through the front door, check-in with the office administrator, sign in and wear a visitor badge while on school property. 

Parents are to inform the school in writing of any changes in their child’s regular routine (someone else picking them up, early dismissal, not returning home on the bus, etc.). Any regular bus student will be sent home on the bus unless we have been advised otherwise in writing.  Upon arriving to pick up a child, an adult must report to the office and sign the student out.

Parents are reminded that unless they are volunteering in a class, adults are not permitted access to classes during instructional time. If a parent wishes to speak to a teacher an appointment should be made. Prior to school, teachers are readying their classrooms for the children, and instructional time should not be interrupted for a conversation as students are left unattended. 

***Due to covid-protocols and safety guidelines, no visitors or volunteers are permitted in the building without permission.***

PARKING LOT

Our staff parking lot is CLOSED during drop off and pick up times. We want everyone to have a positive start to their day and want to ensure the safety of staff and students. Please walk a block or safely park to drop off or pick up.   


SCHOOL HOURS and PUNCTUALITY 

Punctuality is a positive habit we want to instill and we strongly encourage parents to ensure that their children are in the schoolyard between 8:15am-8:30am. Outside supervision is provided from 8:15am to 8:30am.  


MORNING DROP OFFS

The back door locks at 8:30am.  If you drop off your child after 8:30am, there will be no supervision in the schoolyard, therefore, please come to the front door to drop off your child.  The Office Administrator will sign your child and mark them as late.  If your child bikes or walks to school, please ensure they are aware that, if they are late, the back doors will be locked and they will need to come through the front door. Please note that O'Canada, prayer and announcements are done daily right after the bell. You may have to wait outside until announcements are over to enter the school as to not disrupt the morning routine.


BULLYING PREVENTION

St. Theresa staff and students continue to focus on no-bullying initiatives in our school.  It is our intent to teach everyone in the school how to deal with bullying – to help ensure that our school is a safe place for all students.  Any form of physical, social or emotional bullying shall not be tolerated.  As a result, students will receive an appropriate consequence if they engage in these types of bullying behaviour.  The staff of St. Theresa Catholic School remains committed to the enforcement of School Board policy on antiracism and ethnocultural equity.  As such, incidents of expressed bias, discrimination or harassment will not be tolerated and will be dealt with expeditiously by the school administration.  We appreciate your support in helping us create a bully-free environment where students feel safe being at school.  

Safe, Inclusive and Accepting Schools Code of Conduct - OCSB


BICYCLES AT SCHOOL

All students riding their bicycles to school must wear a helmet. Locks must be used when the bicycles are placed in the appropriate stands. All students must walk their bicycles on school property.  We cannot be responsible for damage to bicycles.

 SNOW DAYS” AND BUSES

Many of our students ride the school buses provided to our school through OSTA, the Ottawa Student Transportation Authority, (613-224-8800 and http://www.ottawaschoolbus.ca). There are several ways in which you can stay on top of bus cancellations.

SUBSCRIBE: Subscribe to OSTA’s mailing list to receive email notifications of transportation cancellations right to your handheld device or personal computer.
FOLLOW: Follow OSTA on Twitter @OttSchoolBus or follow the OCSB @OttCatholicSB

 

MORNINGS - 8:15-8:30  

  • our Kiss and Ride program is operational in the mornings only, on snow days

  • there is no parking or drop off in the bus lane - cars must flow through the “bus/kiss and ride lane”

  • no drop offs at the front door

 

WALKERS AND STUDENTS THAT USUALLY GET PICKED UP AFTER SCHOOL

On snow days, walkers and those that normally get picked up after school will be dismissed at 3 pm through their usual door.  Students enrolled in the Portobello Child Care will be dismissed to daycare at 3 pm.

 

“BUSERS” AND “KISS AND RIDERS”

Students who normally take the bus or who normally use the Kiss and Ride program must be picked up from the front office before 3 pm.  In order to avoid crowding at the front of the school this year, we are asking parents to start picking up their child/ren between 2:00pm and 2:55pm.

 

On snow days only, the bus lane will be open for parents to pick up “bussers” and “kiss and riders”. Please ensure you park in the bus lane and not in the Kiss and Ride lane to leave room for cars to pull out and exit safely. Please drive cautiously to ensure the safety of our community.

 

  • please park in the bus lane

  • communicate with the front office of your arrival via the intercom 

  • an adult will escort your child/ren out and hand them off to you

  • please be patient -  it may take more time than usual as we continue to follow covid protocols

 

Please remember that our staff parking lot always remains closed for drop offs and pick ups. NOTIFY THE SCHOOL OF YOUR CHILD'S ABSENCE: if you can email the school at theresa@ocsb.ca to report your child's absence on a snow day, (whether they take the bus or not), would be ideal as the voicemail box gets full. 


SNOW DAYS, SNOWPANTS, SNOWBALLS 

Please review our winter protocols, procedures and policies here!



ST. THERESA EVACUATION SITES

In order to always ensure the safety of your child(ren), it may become necessary to evacuate the school. Our evacuation sites ar Avalon Elementary School and De la Décourverte. Parents will be notified if the Director of Education decides the school is to be closed for the day.


LIBRARY BOOKS

Students have the privilege of borrowing books from the Learning Commons.  We encourage care and respect for these books.  Loss or damage of a library book is the student's responsibility.  Students may borrow English and French books for a one-week period. Students with overdue books will be notified at certain points during the school year. There is a replacement cost for a lost or damaged book. 

***Due to covid-protocols and safety guidelines, students cannot sign out books this year.***

TOYS AND TRADING CARDS

Students are strongly encouraged to keep their toys and trading cards at home.  Should they wish to bring them to school, the school is not responsible for any lost or broken items. Should a dispute happen between students, the toys/trading cards will be removed for the remainder of the day and should not be brought back to school. Students are encouraged to bring nerf-type footballs, soccer balls, tennis balls, etc - should they wish to.

***Due to covid-protocols and safety guidelines, students are asked to only bring items for inclement weather to do at their desk***