Health & Safety

School Kiss and Ride Zone Safety for All

School Kiss and Ride zone locations are designed to drop off and pick up children in vehicles before and after school. In some schools over 200 students are picked up and dropped off every day. In winter and on rainy days, this number increases relative to worsening weather conditions. In addition, parking lots are often […]

Drawing The Line

Each year, in Canada, approximately 460,000 women are sexually assaulted, although only a fraction of them report the assault to the police (1). In a day and age where this statistic holds true, it’s hard to imagine that our government is wanting to go back to a time where consent and gender identity aren’t being discussed […]

The Risks of Vaccination Vacations

………. https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s–n7cJ-LTe–/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/rr4bz7xerbtjbdusoktw.mp4 ………. Canadian Health Headlines 2018  Measles case confirmed at Skookum Festival, multiple Vancouver locations Why does Europe suddenly have measles? Mumps makes a comeback in Canada and the U.S. Whooping cough outbreaks in Canada tied to lower vaccine immunity Update on invasive meningococcal vaccination for Canadian children and youth How HPV is causing […]

Know Your Responsibilities Dealing with Safety in Learning Environments

As teachers, it is our responsibility to keep our students safe at school. I tell my students that keeping them safe is my first job as their teacher. My second job is to teach them something. As a teacher, knowing your rights and responsibilities in the teaching profession is key to protecting yourself and your […]

Building Self Care and Resiliency for Educators

Road rerouted to preserve 250 year old Bronte White Oak Tree  “The strongest oak of the forest is not the one that is protected from the storm and hidden from the sun. It is the one that stands in the open, where it is compelled to struggle for its existence against the winds and rains […]

The decisions

It’s February and another “Snowmaggedon” or ice storm has just passed, is happening now or forecast to be on its way. Not surprisingly, frigid and snowy weather have cost our students a lot of important outdoor time this year. Recently, I knew we’d had too many indoor recesses in a row when a grade 2 student called me daddy. With temperatures […]

Precarious Absences – The impact of teacher intervention truancy systems

I write this blog in response to watching a highly capable and talented, long-term occasional teacher worrying about taking time off to go to a medical appointment. She actually considered cancelling her appointment as she worried about taking too much time off school because she thought it would impact her chance for a full-time teacher […]

Health & Safety … Make it Happen!

As a classroom teacher in a school, I often forget I am also classified as a worker in a workplace. For teachers, health and safety is an important part of our work environment. It’s crucial that teachers have a safe workplace in order to do their jobs and students have safe places to learn. I […]

Duty to Report School Violence

As an elementary teacher, with 18 years experience, I’ve seen my share of violence in schools. In 3 lockdowns, I’ve had to keep my students quiet, calm, and safe. As a classroom teacher, I’ve had objects thrown at me (like chairs). More than once, I’ve been purposely hit and kicked so hard, bruises were left. […]

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