Hamilton's Catholic school board updates policies

News Apr 15, 2015 by Mac Christie Flamborough Review

The Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board’s senior administration has completed a review of the board’s policies.

The committee, which also included principals, were tasked with determining whether the policies were still relevant, keep with the requirements of the Education Act, were in need of updating or should be rescinded.

As a result, the board has approved a new policy on concussions and rescinded policies on hand-held devices and elementary school scheduling instructions.

The new concussion policy is meant to bring awareness to the dangers of concussions, which will include providing training to staff, students, parents, volunteers and coaches as required.

Students who are diagnosed with a concussion, under the new policy, will be provided with “sufficient supports to return to school in a safe, progressive manner.”

The hand-held devices bylaw, which dealt with using cellphones and other devices while driving, was rescinded.

In addition of the new policy, a number of policies, including those related to French immersion, allergic reactions and tobacco-free schools were amended.

The school closing policy was amended to include cases of emergency school closings for reasons other than weather. As well, the tobacco-free school policy was updated to prohibit e-cigarettes or vapor emitting products such as electronic pipes or cigars in schools and on all school board property.

Previously, the policy had prevented smoking tobacco or lighted tobacco products.

The allergic reactions policy was updated to include the most common food allergies in Canada, including corn, dairy, eggs, peanuts, seafood, including shellfish, and tree nuts.

As well, the policy now stipulates that parents and guardians have the responsibility to have their child wear an identification item such as a MedicAlert bracelet.

In addition, each school will now purchase and maintain two epinephrine auto-injectors or EpiPens, to address the possibility of non-diagnosed students.

The board’s French immersion policy was updated to allow junior Kindergarten students to attend French immersion in a senior Kindergarten class if space is available.

The board passed the policy changes at its April 7 Committee of the Whole and subsequent Board meetings.

Hamilton's Catholic school board updates policies

News Apr 15, 2015 by Mac Christie Flamborough Review

The Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board’s senior administration has completed a review of the board’s policies.

The committee, which also included principals, were tasked with determining whether the policies were still relevant, keep with the requirements of the Education Act, were in need of updating or should be rescinded.

As a result, the board has approved a new policy on concussions and rescinded policies on hand-held devices and elementary school scheduling instructions.

The new concussion policy is meant to bring awareness to the dangers of concussions, which will include providing training to staff, students, parents, volunteers and coaches as required.

Students who are diagnosed with a concussion, under the new policy, will be provided with “sufficient supports to return to school in a safe, progressive manner.”

The hand-held devices bylaw, which dealt with using cellphones and other devices while driving, was rescinded.

In addition of the new policy, a number of policies, including those related to French immersion, allergic reactions and tobacco-free schools were amended.

The school closing policy was amended to include cases of emergency school closings for reasons other than weather. As well, the tobacco-free school policy was updated to prohibit e-cigarettes or vapor emitting products such as electronic pipes or cigars in schools and on all school board property.

Previously, the policy had prevented smoking tobacco or lighted tobacco products.

The allergic reactions policy was updated to include the most common food allergies in Canada, including corn, dairy, eggs, peanuts, seafood, including shellfish, and tree nuts.

As well, the policy now stipulates that parents and guardians have the responsibility to have their child wear an identification item such as a MedicAlert bracelet.

In addition, each school will now purchase and maintain two epinephrine auto-injectors or EpiPens, to address the possibility of non-diagnosed students.

The board’s French immersion policy was updated to allow junior Kindergarten students to attend French immersion in a senior Kindergarten class if space is available.

The board passed the policy changes at its April 7 Committee of the Whole and subsequent Board meetings.

Hamilton's Catholic school board updates policies

News Apr 15, 2015 by Mac Christie Flamborough Review

The Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board’s senior administration has completed a review of the board’s policies.

The committee, which also included principals, were tasked with determining whether the policies were still relevant, keep with the requirements of the Education Act, were in need of updating or should be rescinded.

As a result, the board has approved a new policy on concussions and rescinded policies on hand-held devices and elementary school scheduling instructions.

The new concussion policy is meant to bring awareness to the dangers of concussions, which will include providing training to staff, students, parents, volunteers and coaches as required.

Students who are diagnosed with a concussion, under the new policy, will be provided with “sufficient supports to return to school in a safe, progressive manner.”

The hand-held devices bylaw, which dealt with using cellphones and other devices while driving, was rescinded.

In addition of the new policy, a number of policies, including those related to French immersion, allergic reactions and tobacco-free schools were amended.

The school closing policy was amended to include cases of emergency school closings for reasons other than weather. As well, the tobacco-free school policy was updated to prohibit e-cigarettes or vapor emitting products such as electronic pipes or cigars in schools and on all school board property.

Previously, the policy had prevented smoking tobacco or lighted tobacco products.

The allergic reactions policy was updated to include the most common food allergies in Canada, including corn, dairy, eggs, peanuts, seafood, including shellfish, and tree nuts.

As well, the policy now stipulates that parents and guardians have the responsibility to have their child wear an identification item such as a MedicAlert bracelet.

In addition, each school will now purchase and maintain two epinephrine auto-injectors or EpiPens, to address the possibility of non-diagnosed students.

The board’s French immersion policy was updated to allow junior Kindergarten students to attend French immersion in a senior Kindergarten class if space is available.

The board passed the policy changes at its April 7 Committee of the Whole and subsequent Board meetings.