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Dr. David McKeown
Medical Officer of Health
Public Health 277 Victoria Street 5th Floor
Toronto, Ontario M5B 1W2
May 21, 2015
To: Parent/Guardian Re: Blacklegged Ticks
As recently reported in the media, Toronto Public Health has found blacklegged ticks on Algonquin
Island and Morningside Park. These ticks can be infected with the bacteria that cause Lyme disease.
The ticks have been sent to the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg for further
identification and testing for these bacteria. Testing can take up to several weeks.
Late last fall, Toronto Public Health found blacklegged ticks in Rouge Valley. Finding blacklegged
ticks in multiple locations in the City suggests these ticks are becoming established in Toronto.
However, the risk of Lyme disease in Toronto is low and the vast majority of ticks are not
Blacklegged ticks are found in bushy or wooded areas that have tall grass or lots of leaves on the
ground. We are aware that some schools have planned end-of-year outdoor field trips. Parents can
help their child take appropriate precautions when enjoying outdoor activities in wooded and bushy
areas by having them:
• Wear light coloured clothing so ticks can be easily spotted;
• Wear long sleeves and long pants; tuck pants into socks;
• Use bug repellent containing DEET (please follow manufacturer's instructions); and
• Inspected by an adult or buddy for any attached ticks.
Ticks found on the skin should be promptly removed. Transmission of Lyme disease requires the tick
to be attached for at least 24 hours. Ticks removed can be submitted to Toronto Public Health for
identification and further testing.
For more information, please visit our web site at toronto.ca/health or call 416-338-7600.
Dr. David McKeown Medical Officer of Health
The good news:
Reconstruction of the track to eliminate the serious drainage problem just started this morning - finally, after nearly three years! The safety fence was set up this morning and we expect the construction to begin by Monday, if not sooner. The west side of the track will be ripped up and re-graded for proper drainage to the catch basins, then resurfaced. The field will be re-graded for drainage, then re-sodded.
Construction will be from 6:30 am to 2:30 pm on weekdays. We anticipate about 4 – 6 weeks for construction; then longer for the grass to grow.
The driveway into the playground will be secured access for construction vehicles during construction.
For safety’s sake, parents and students must enter and exit the playground via the south end of the tennis courts. That gate will be opened daily. Or please use the Spadina entrance.
Deliveries ( gravel, construction materials etc) are supposed to happen prior to the start of the school day.
All trucks will be escorted into the playground. I have asked for no deliveries between 8:15 and 9:00 am.
It should be very interesting for our students to see how we adjust the landscape to meet our needs – bulldozers and heavy machinery are always a big hit with our little ones!
The bad news:
The track and most of the field will not be available until next fall. This means significant reduction in the amount of play space for children over May and June.
We will be asking students to limit ball-throwing games, since we won’t be able to go into the field to retrieve stray balls.
For safety’s sake, parents and students must enter and exit the playground via the south end of the tennis courts. Please do not use the driveway.
We will be supervising students very closely during this construction.
Thanks to all of our parents who advocated for this much-needed repair. After many promises, cancellations and delays, we are just glad it is finally happening, however inconvenient.
Dear Parents and Guardians,
McMaster Universtiy is conducting two extensive studies on mental health: the School Mental Health Surveys (SMHS) and the in-home 2014 Ontario Child Health Study (2014 OCHS). Both were approved by our school board ethics review committee and some schools in our board have been selected to participate in them. The final selection of schools for the SMHS was because of their location in neighbourhoods chosen for the 2014 OCHS. About 350 schools have been selected across the province.
Although our school was not selected to participate in the SMHS, some elementary teachers may still receive a request from Statistics Canada to complete a questionnaire on a specific student as part of the 2014 OCHS.
Families within our community have been selected to participate in the in-home 2014 OCHS and we have been asked to tell families in our school about the study. Family participation is critical to collecting accurate information about what children and youth are experiencing today.
PLEASE CLICK HERE to download the Letter
Dear parents of students in grades 6-8,
We had a welcome back assembly today to go over our code of conduct:
1. We treat others as we ourselves wish to be treated.
2. We use positive and inclusive language.
3. We learn and play safely and considerately by keeping hands, feet and objects to ourselves.
4. We cooperate with our fellow students and with all staff.
5. We appreciate the school premises, and respect the property of the TDSB, our teachers, and our classmates.
6. We recognize and honor the right of all learners to learn and the right of all teachers to teach.
7. We make the best use of our educational opportunities by coming on time, and by being prepared.
8. We keep all areas free from garbage, gum and graffiti
9. We turn personal electronic devices off and put them out of sight when we enter the school building. We may only use them as part of a teacher-directed learning activity.
10. We follow guidelines for clothing that are revisited annually. We do not wear hats inside the building, except for religious head coverings.
11. We follow the safety rules and current legislation with respect to bicycles, skateboards, scooters, etc.
12. We never bring weapons (including replicas or items which can be used as weapons), matches, lighters, laser pointers, illegal drugs, tobacco, or alcohol to school.
We specifically stressed numbers 2 and 9. We do not use any racial or derogatory language at all. We are concerned about cyber bullying and the amount of time students are distracted by electronic devices. Electronic devices are to be turned off and put away before entering the building and are only used if directed by their teacher for educational purposes. If students choose to bring electronic devices to their classroom they will put it in the yellow box on the teacher’s desk. The school is not responsible for any lost or stolen property.
If a parent needs to reach their child they are to contact the office and we will relay the message.
Beth Mills Edward Vella