Community Threat Assessment and Intervention Protocol (posted November 2nd, 2016)
Please follow the pdf to learn more about this protocol in DDSB schools: Fair Notice new VTRA.docx
Safe Schools Team
This committee is comprised of staff, students, parents and community members to address concerns and plan initiatives. Meetings are held at least four times per year and take place after school to allow student participation.
The School Climate Survey and the Safety Audit are important tools to gather data in order to assist Safe Schools Teams when making decisions on how to make schools safer places for children to learn. The purpose of the Survey and the Audit is to raise awareness and alertness within the school community with respect to safety and security in and around the school.
The intention of both the School Climate Survey and the Safety Audit is to provide tools for Safe Schools Teams to assess the level of safety in schools and identify areas where safety features and procedures are in place as well as where improvements might be achieved. Taken together, with input from other sources, the results can help to identify what works well. Conversely, these results can help to identify problem areas and suggest actions that might be taken to improve satisfaction within your school. Initial assessments will provide a baseline. Ongoing assessments will help determine whether programs are effective at reducing bullying and improving safety.
The School Climate Survey is a tool that can help Safe Schools Teams identify safety issues within the school, in particular the extent of bullying problems. The survey should be administered to students at the school level, and then the results shared with staff and parents (SCC) in order to get their input.
Code of Conduct
All students, parents, teachers and staff have the right to be safe, and feel safe, in their school community. With this right comes the responsibility to be law-abiding citizens and to be accountable for actions that put at risk the safety of others or themselves.
The Provincial Code of Conduct sets clear standards of behaviour and possible consequences for student actions that do not comply with these standards.
More information can be found at:
Whitby Shores P.S. Code of Conduct
Code of Conduct - Whitby Shores.pdf
Our goal is for students to achieve academic, physical and social success in an environment of courtesy, cooperation and respect.
“Discipline is about preparing children for all the choices they will be making and ensuring they are ready to handle them.” (Morrish) This is done through training, teaching and managing students to succeed in making good choices. At Whitby Shores P.S., we are committed to a step-by-step process that involves staff taking a proactive and progressive approach for handling discipline. This approach is in partnership with administration and parents and the goal is to assist students in becoming responsible members of the school community.
Our Bullying Prevention Plan for 2016-17 will be examined by the Safe Schools Team
Whitby Shores BPIP 2016 - 2017.pdf
The 4 Rs and upstander tips.pdf
Safe Schools Initiatives
• Safety Week, September 26th to 30th, 2016
• Safety Week Administrator Conference, September 28th, 2016
• 6 fire drills
• 2 lockdown drills
• Bus safety presentations
• Learn Not To Burn fire safety presentations to Gr's 2 & 7
• Gr. 3 Swim to Survive program
• Staff in-svc of revised School/Police protocol; Principal and Vice-Principal have attended DRPD Rapid Deployment Exercise
• Grades 4 to 8 will complete the School Climate Survey again in 2015/16
• Bullying Prevention Awareness Week, November 21st to 25th - Bully Prevention School Wide Assembly - Monday, November 21st, 2016
• Pink Shirt Day, February 15th, 2017
• Racing against Drugs: Gr. 5, May 1st to 5th, 2017
On-line Respect and Responsibilty: Technologies are changing the way we communicate, access and share information. They make it easier to stay in touch with friends and family, do research and find homework help. The Internet has opened the door to new learning and teaching opportunities. It has also raised issues about privacy, online respect, safety and appropriate uses for technology – both inside and outside the classroom. For more information read the attached discussion paper.
Digital Devices: The use of digital devices by students during the school day is strictly controlled.
Acceptable and Safe Use Procedure For Computing Technology and Cyber-Safety
A hard copy will be sent home in September, Grades 4-8.
Cyber Bullying - Suggestions for Parents
✔Make sure your children understand how vast and public the Internet is. Remind them that anything they post or send in a message is virtually available to be seen or read by anyone in the world.
✔Talk to your children about cyber bullying. Make sure they understand what it is. Let them know that cyber bullying is no less serious and unacceptable than other forms of bullying.
✔Set up the family computer in an open, common area so that you can monitor what your child is sending and receiving.
✔Inform your Internet Service Provider (ISP) or cell phone service provider of any abuse. Although it can take a lot of time and effort to get Providers to respond and deal with your complaints about cyber bullying, it is necessary in order to try to stop it from reoccurring.
✔Be sure to print off any evidence of bullying.
✔Purchase software that can help track activity. There are parental controls that filter Internet use.