Portage Trail Community School


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At Portage Trail Community School our mission is to prepare our students for success in College and University. We prepare each day for this goal by focusing on our two slogans 'Work Hard, Be Nice' and "We can learn anything-with a little help". We expect the very best effort from our students and staff each day. Parents are welcome in our classroom to support students and observe their children in action.

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Portage Trail students dress for success. All students are encouraged to wear the designated uniform clothing as outlined above. This uniform dress code has been selected because it incorporates the school colours, and will enable staff to quickly identify any intruders in the school. This dress code/uniform policy is currently being reviewed.


How can I tell Portage Trail Community School is my child’s home school? Use this link to input your address to confirm what your home school is. http://www.tdsb.on.ca/Find-your/School/By-Address

What documents do I need to bring to Portage Trail Community School to register my child? Two pieces of identification to show that you live in our school area (hydro bill, telephone bill, rental agreement, etc.)

  • Your child’s birth certificate or immigration papers
  • Your child’s Ontario Health Card
  • A record of your child’s immunization
  • Parents’ daytime telephone numbers (work, cell phone)
  • Emergency names and telephone numbers



Do I need to tell the office if my family is going on a weeklong vacation? Any prolonged absence (e.g. travel plans) must be discussed in advance with the vice-principal or principal and a temporary absence form. Please ask in the main office of the school for this paper. Teachers will be notified when possible and arrangements for school work will be made. Medical certificates must cover dates of absence and must state why the student is unable to attend school/complete homework. 

What is the Elementary Safe Arrival Program? In accordance with the TDSB Safe Arrival Policy PR707A, "if a pupil is absent or late for any reason, the Parents(s)/Guardian(s) must contact the school immediately to report the reason for the absence." For an unexplained absence, Parents/Guardians will be contacted by School Messenger and must indicate the reason for the absence.

Why do schools have Safe Arrival Programs? Student safety is of utmost importance and parents need to be notified as soon as possible if their child has not arrived at school. The Safe Arrival Program complies with the Education Act and related Ministry of Education policies in respect of student attendance in order to maximize students-academic success and well-being.

Can I opt out of the Safe Arrival Program? NO, the TDSB recognizes that regular attendance is essential to the safety, academic success, and well-being of all students.

What if a parent arrives at school after the call out have begun to drop off a late child? Parents/guardian will receive a safe arrival phone call. Parent/guardian will also receive a phone call informing you of their child lateness that evening.