Engaging parents as partners in education
Parent tip sheet – October 2019
When students attend school, they are more likely to achieve. We see that when students are invested in their school community early on, they typically remain invested in their secondary school experience.
For parents, “I’m Here” means you are ready to assist and encourage your children, ready to reach out and team up with teachers, and ready to make plans to ensure your children get to school. Watch for our “I’m Here” campaign this fall. Visit tldsb.ca/ImHere for more information.
Let’s make sure that everyone has a safe Halloween night. Here are a few tips:
- Don’t wear a mask when out trick or treating – it can decrease vision.
- Wear costumes with light-coloured material.
If your child is going out without an adult:
- Make sure your child is in a group of at least three people.
- Give them a flashlight. A cell phone is also a good idea if you have one.
- Discuss in advance the route they should follow.
- Set a curfew.
- Tell your children not to eat anything until they get home.
Reporting your child’s immunization
The Ontario Immunization of School Pupils Act (ISPA) requires the health unit to have up-to-date records for all students attending school. According to ISPA, students are required to be vaccinated against the following diseases:
- Tetanus, Diphtheria, Polio, and Pertussis (whooping cough).
- Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (must have two doses after the first birthday).
- Meningococcal Disease (must have one dose after the first birthday and Men-C-ACYW in Grade 7).
- Varicella (chickenpox) – *only for those born 2010 and after.
Note – The health unit does not receive immunization information directly from doctor offices. Please contact the health unit each time your child receives a vaccine from their health care provider. What you can do:
- Check your child’s yellow immunization card.
- Contact your child’s health care provider to obtain records, or to get missing vaccinations.
- Share – Go to Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit or Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit to enter the complete record.
Smoke alarms provide early notification to a fire, and increase your chance of surviving a fire unharmed by up to 50 percent.
It is the law to have working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in your home.
See the below tips:
- Install smoke alarms outside each separate sleeping area, on every level of your home (including the basement), and in each bedroom.
- For best protection have alarms interconnected, so when one sounds they all sound.
- Test your smoke alarms monthly by pressing the test button.
- Replace all smoke alarms battery and electrically powered every 10 years.
- Teach young children to recognize the sound of the smoke alarm. Help children understand that the smoke alarm sound means get outside, and stay outside.