Heath And Safety

Health and Safety

Peanut-Safe Environment We encourage a NUT and PEANUT FREE environment at Hillcrest as some of our students and staff suffer from life-threatening allergies. Please ensure lunches and snacks do not include nut or peanut products or by-products.

Illness at School 
If your child becomes unwell during the school day, his or her teacher will send or take the child to the office and a member of the office staff will phone the parent indicated on the emergency card if the problem persists.

Chronic Illnesses, Allergies & Medication
If your child suffers from any illness that could impede their ability to perform (i.e. asthma for Phys. Ed.), a severe allergy or any other other condition that could have an impact on their well-being at school, please let the office know. You may be asked to complete a special form so we have the necessary contact information. If the school staff needs to administer medication on your behalf, including epipens, you will need to provide medication and clear instructions as to the correct dosage and frequency, as well as completing a form giving us explicit permission to do so.

Communicable Diseases 
If you believe your child has an illness that could be transmitted to others, you are strongly encouraged to keep your child at home to minimize the risk of infecting the larger school population. If you are keeping your child home due to sickness, advise the office and let them know the nature of the illness. This is particularly important in the case of highly contagious childhood illnesses such as chicken pox, mumps and seasonal ailments such as influenza.

Pediculosis is a nuisance rather than a health hazard. Cases of headlice are on the increase in society. Parents are notified by letter if their children have lice. If you find lice on your child, please contact the office so that we can send a note home to other parents in the class asking them to examine their own children. Parents must take this responsibility very seriously as untreated lice multiply and spread to other children in the classroom. The TDSB has a Pediculosis Program Co-ordinator available to come to the school to assist our parents and parent volunteers with ridding children of headlice.

Bicycles may not be ridden in the schoolyard during school hours. It is recommended that all bicycles be padlocked in the bike racks by the main playground entrance during the day. You are responsible for your own bicycle.

Skateboards, Rollerblades & Scooters 
Skateboards, rollerblades, scooters and heelies may not be ridden in the schoolyard or in the school during the school day. 

Schoolyard Use After Hours 
While we welcome the community’s use of the school yard after normal school hours, we wish to remind parents that the safety of the children at play on TDSB property is a parental concern once the staff have completed their supervision duties at 3:40.

Banned Substances On School Property 
Smoking, drinking alcohol and drugs are strictly forbidden on TDSB property at all times.

Neighbourhood Watch
We encourage our neighbours to keep an eye on our building and report any suspicious activity to school staff, to the TDSB Call Centre at 416-395-4620 on evenings or weekends, or directly to the police if necessary.