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1. Any class participating in programs at EFSC  MUST be accompanied by the classroom teacher. In the event that the classsroom teacher is unable to accompany his/her class to the program, contact EFSC at 905-794-2171 to reschedule.

Note: Occasional teachers are not to be in charge of an excursion. (TDSB Excursion Policy)

2. EFSC follows the supervisory guidelines in the TDSB’s Excursion Policy.

The TDSB excursion policy requires a supervision ratio of

Kindergarter: (1:10) One adult for every 10 students is recommended; one adult, in addition to the classsroom teacher, is essential;
Grades 1 - 8: (1:15) One adult for every 15 students is recommended, one adult in addition to the classroom teacher, is essential.*

*Certain programs may require a greater ratio according to OPHEA regulations

Note: “Volunteers who on a casual basis assist with day excursions may not require a police reference check.” (Excursion Policy, pg. 19) Please check with your principal.

Since volunteers are coming on the excursion to assist with students in your classroom, they are not permitted to bring along other children. We encourage all adults to play an active role in the program and support student learning.  We also ask that all adults respect our policy of not using their cell phones while working with or around students on program.  Advise volunteers and visiting teachers to kindly use your mobiile phones for pictures only. Otherwise, please turn your mobile device off or to silent during instructional time inside and outside. In case of emergency, please notify EFSC staff and step away from the group. Lunch is a great opportunity to take a class photo.

Visiting Teacher’s Role:

Discipline is the responsibility of the classroom teacher. The class knows and will respond to you best and we need your guidance and teaching expertise in both setting a "learning tone" and helping us to deal with special situations. At the discretion of the EFSC staff, a program may be terminated if behaviour is deemed inappropriate or if student safety is at risk.

Supervision during the lunch hour, which includes outside supervision following the meal.

Participation. Your participation at EFSC is critical in making connections with the learning experience before students arrive and after you leave. Furthermore, students often exhibit different aspects of themselves when learning in different environments. Although the EFSC staff will take the lead with the instruction and planning, we encourage you to be involved in the following ways.
*Take observation notes on your students. You may find a budding naturalist!
*Bring a camera. Pictures can be used for collecting raw data, follow-up activities, and parent and school communication.
*Participate as a student during the activities. Learning along side the students often gives insights into their understanding. Leave the centre inspired and equipped to make use of these activities in your local outdoor classroom.
*Facilitate a small group activity. Many of our activities have students work in small groups. *Guide students in creating their own connections.
*Lead an activity. If you have an area of expertise, we would love to learn from you! Let us know how we can plan our program with you in mind.
*Ask us. If we forget to give specific directions on how you can be involved, please don’t hesitate to ask. We always appreciate your involvement.
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