We have noticed an increase in the number and frequency of dogs on school property this school year.
Please be aware that dogs are not permitted on TDSB property, even if they are on a leash. Please tie your dog somewhere outside the school perimeter if you must bring your dog with you when you accompany your children to school. Exceptions to this policy include service dogs supporting students or caregivers. Families with a service dog should speak with the school administration.
Although the adjacent field is part of Fairmount Park, Bowmore has a reciprocal agreement with the City of Toronto for exclusive use of most of the park during school hours. It is important to remember that City of Toronto by-laws do not allow for dogs to be off leash in City parks, except for in designated Dog Off-Leash Areas, operated and maintained by the City. You can read more about the City of Toronto by-laws regarding dogs in parks here. The closest Dog Off-Leash Areas to Bowmore are at Wildwood Crescent Playground (link) at 110 Wildwood Crescent, and Cassels Avenue Playground (link) at 69 Cassels Avenue.
The recent incident at a TDSB school, makes this message more timely. Our hope is that, with the support of all members of the community, we can make the school yard, and Fairmount Park, a safe and welcoming space for all local residents. Feel free to share this message with community members outside of the school community. We have been in touch with local City Councillor’s office about the issue, and will share this message with them as well.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in this matter.