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Tips to ensure the safety of students

Tips to ensure the safety of students

​At the Peel District School Board, the safety and well-being of students remains our top priority. While staff do their best to support students at school, parents are encouraged to remind their child(ren) to not touch or pick-up any unfamiliar or sharp items found at the school or elsewhere. This includes needles, syringes, plants, animals and more. When a child encounters any unfamiliar items, they should notify an adult.

​Here are some helpful tips for parents/guardians to share with their child(ren):​

  1. Leave unfamiliar or sharp items alone. Items include:
    • Broken glass
    • Sharp metal or splintered wood
    • Live or dead animals
    • Needles or syringes
    • Barrels, cans or buckets
    • Spray cans
    • Heavy objects
    • Plants, such as poison ivy  
  2. If they encounter such items, inform an adult so they may notify proper authorities or dispose of it safely.
  3. Educate your child(ren) to identify unfamiliar items. Talk to them about why they should not be touching these items.
  4. Let nature be natural.
    • Leave nature materials alone: logs, leaves, branches, sticks, etc.
    • Do not dig up big items. Digging may lead to erosion. 
  5. What happens when you touch an unfamiliar item.
    •  If a child touches any of these objects or hurt themselves, they should notify an adult immediately. Even a small cut can become infected.
  6. Be mindful of your surroundings. Children can find unfamiliar items in familiar settings, such as their neighbourhood or school grounds. Remind them to notify an adult when they encounter any of these items.