Your 2023 / 2024 Parent Handbook


HPAS Student Summer Learning 2022 - resources from our K - 8 Teachers!


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Here’s the recently published Parents/Guardians Guide to Google Tools. It offers information for families on Classroom, Meet, Chromebooks, Accessibility, Security & Privacy. It's a great place for families to familiarize themselves with G Suite for Education Tools.  



Parent Volunteers Please see Marlene in the main office to pick up a police reference check or to update a previous reference. Updates must include a certified cheque or money order and must be completed annually. Thanks for taking the time to come in  and volunteer!


Student Leave Requests - See File
Should caregivers need to request a leave of absence for an extended period of time. 


Absences: When calling your child's absence in (416-393-9050), it is beneficial for us at school to know why they will be away. Please let us know if your child is sick, experiencing symptoms of Covid, having a Covid test done, have regular appointments or absent for another reason. All information shared is kept confidential.


Progressive Discipline Plan >  

Created by the Annette & High Park Safe & Caring Schools Committee, based on existing TDSB and Ministry of Education policies.

Parent Volunteers and Police Checks

Part of building a strong community is having parents and caregivers volunteer in our schools. All adults, volunteers or staff must have a Vulnerable Sector Check done before working with our students. We will need the police check done if you plan to volunteer regularly.

It is a lengthy process, but you only have to do it once.

To get your clearance done, print and complete the Police Check Form. You must return the completed form to the school office and a certified cheque or money order made out to Toronto Police Services for $20. We will submit your form for processing, and the clearance will be mailed directly to your home. Once you receive your clearance, please bring it back to the office for further processing. 

If you already have a police check, you can make an annual offence declaration with Ms. Papel. She can be reached at; it only takes a few minutes.


‘Choose Safety Over Convenience’
PSP is a community based program with the main purpose of reducing the number of traffic hazards that create a safety risk for children when arriving at school. The program creates a designated ‘Kiss ‘n’ Ride’ for the dropping off and picking up of children between 8:30 - 8:50 am. Our program will be active in the morning for Grade 1-8 students on the west side of Clendenan Ave between Annette St and Jennings Ave. Designated signs allow 2 cars to pull into the area. 

How does the drop off work? 
  1. Pylons and signs mark the drop off area as well as an adult and 2-3 students wearing recognizable safety vests. Pull your car to the front of the drop off area and put it in ‘park’. Parents please do not get out of your car!
  2. 🚦 Put on your 4-way emergency flashers 🚦
  3. Student(s) will undo their seatbelt, open their own door, exit.
  4. All students exit the car on the curb side of Clendenan Ave.
  5. Parent volunteers may help open the car door.
  6. Arrivals are escorted into the schoolyard; older students may walk themselves.
🌟 Volunteers Needed 🌟
Are you able to volunteer once a week? Please contact our Principal,


Conversation starters about social media, video game use, tech tips, latest research and more.

  • TTTs work any day but the key is to stick with it. Calm, consistent conversations about screen time can improve family and classroom dynamics.
  • Get kids more invested in TTTs by starting each conversation with a positive about screen time.
  • Click here for the latest TTT Topic

​Food Allergies at High Park & TDSB Schools

As many as 1.2 million Canadians may be affected by life-threatening food allergies and this number is increasing, especially among children. Currently, it is estimated that six per cent of children, or 15,000 TDSB students, have food allergies. The symptoms of allergic reactions can vary in type and severity, from mild skin irritations and hives to breathing difficulties and loss of consciousness. The most severe reaction, called anaphylaxis, can be fatal. Because allergic reactions are caused by a wide variety of foods it is difficult to ensure our children never come into contact with the allergen responsible for their condition. A reminder that at High Park we ask that our students do not bring food containing nuts, sesame or coconut. Empowering children with knowledge and understanding of their condition, and of their peers' conditions, is the best way to prevent allergic reactions.

Due to student allergies, we are requesting that parents do not send food treats in for birthdays. If your child would like to share something with their classmates for their birthday, a nonfood item or small loot bag is recommended (e.g. special pencil, stickers). 
                                                                                                                                                                                                               HPAS Parent Handbook, School Lunch

Allergy Aware  World Class Anaphylaxis Education Anytime, Anyplace

Ward 7, Parent Concern Protocol