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Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Home School Council Street Proofing Tips

Street Proofing Tips

At school, the safety of your child is our most important priority. We remind you to keep your school staff up to date with your address, phone number, childcare arrangements, to whom your child may be released, etc. We also encourage you not to permit your child make alternate arrangements over the lunch hour if they are in a lunch program. We need you to let us know about any changes of routine and to sign your child in if they are arriving late or leaving early for any reason.

The Toronto Police street proofing program encourages you to teach your child:

  1. His/her name, address, phone number
  2. To Dial 9-1-1 in an emergency
  3. To communicate with you when they feel unsafe or afraid
  4. To keep you informed as to his/her whereabouts at all times
  5. Never to admit to being alone in the home when answering the telephone
  6. Never to invite strangers into the house or answer the door when alone
  7. Never to approach or enter a stranger’s car or hitchhike
  8. Never to travel or play alone- always be with friends
  9. To trust their feelings and say “NO” to an adult if that adult wants them to do something that is wrong
  10. Not to accept gifts from strangers
  11. To tell you if someone has asked them to keep a secret from you
  12. That no one has the right to touch any part of his/ her body that a bathing suit would cover
  13. That if he/ she is being followed, or approached too closely, to run home or go to the nearest public place and yell for help
  14. To report to your school authorities or a police officer, anyone who acts suspiciously towards him/her
  15. Never to play in deserted buildings or isolated areas
  16. Never to enter anyone’s home without your permission
  17. To avoid taking shortcuts through parks and fields
  18. Never to show his/her money and if attacked to give it up rather than risk injury
  19. That a police officer is a friend who can always be relied upon when he/ she is lost or needs assistance

Together, we can keep our school and community a safe environment for our children.