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Wayoata Elementary School
River East Transcona School Division

Safety

Bicycles, Scooters, Skateboards and Rollerblades

Students riding bicycles must remember to

  • wear a helmet

  • always follow bicycle safety rules

  • walk bicycles on school property including all the sidewalks around the school and the school yard 

  • lock bicycles in the bicycle rack at the front of the school

Students using a scooter, rollerblading, or skateboarding to school must remember to:

  • wear a helmet

  • follow all safety rules at road crossings

  • use sidewalks

  • when rollerblading, change into regular footwear once they reach the school yard

  • when skateboarding or using a scooter, put the skateboard or scooter into their backpack once they reach the schoolyard

Bus Students

Arrival - In the morning, a staff member meets the bus students at the front of the school and ensures all students make their way safely to the playground to wait for the entry bell. 

Dismissal - At the end of the day, bus patrols pick up the kindergarten students at their classroom and walk them to the front door. Grade 1 and 2 students meet at the front door. When all kindergarten and grade 1 and 2 bus students are at the front door, they are escorted to the bus stop by the supervising teacher. Grade 3, 4 and 5 students are dismissed from their classrooms, go out their designated door and meet at the bus stop.   When the weather warms up in the spring, all grade 1-5 students leave out their designated door and meet the supervising teacher at the bus stop.

Dogs

Dogs, (excluding service dogs), are not allowed on school property unless by special arrangement with administration. 

Doors

Students must use the door designated for their classroom when entering and exiting the school. Please note that all doors, except the front doors, will be locked during the school day. (Designated doors will be unlocked at recess times to allow students safe access to the school.)

Hold and Secure

In the event of an unsafe situation in the community, the Winnipeg Police Service may activate a "hold and secure" at the school.  During a hold and secure, all outside school doors are locked and no one is allowed to enter or leave the building.  All regular student activities inside the school continue as scheduled. If the "hold and secure" occurs near dismissal time, students will remain in the school. We remain in a hold and secure until the police service contacts the school to give the 'all clear' when the unsafe situation is under control.  We are required to have 1 hold and secure practice each year.

Lockdown

Each school is required to have procedures in place to use in situations where students need to be kept in a safe location within the school. This is referred to as a lockdown. We are required to have 2 lockdown practices per year. During a lockdown all classroom doors will be closed and locked and all students are to remain seated quietly out of sight in the classrooms.  Students upstairs, in open areas, will be moved to a secure location. Prior to the lockdown practice, teachers will review procedures with the students.

Playground

Once students arrive at school and throughout the day, they must remain inside the fenced portion of the school grounds where there is adult supervision. School staff supervise the playground during morning and afternoon recess as well as at 8:20 a.m., 12:20 p.m. and from 3:15 p.m. to 3:25 p.m. To ensure student safety, it is recommended that your child(ren)'s arrival time in the morning and after lunch correspond as closely as possible to the entry bells. Unless involved in extra-curricular activities, students are expected to leave the school grounds at 3:15 p.m. To safely assist students at arrival and dismissal, we have patrols on duty at that time.

Patrols

Our safety patrols are on duty 15 minutes before and after school and during the lunch hour from 11:30-11:40 and 12:20-12:30. Patrols are stationed at the front of the school, back lane, and at Ravelston and Wayoata at the above times. Ravelston and Rosseau, and Harvard and Wayoata are posts that will be patrolled before and after school only. Patrols must be dressed appropriately for the weather, which in the winter, includes ski pants, boots, jacket, hat or hood and mittens or gloves and in rainy weather, the school provided patrol raincoat. If patrols are not dressed appropriately, they will not go on post.

When the temperature or wind chill is between -27°C and -34°C, patrols will remain on post for 10 minutes. When it is between -34°C  and -39°C , patrols will remain on post for five minutes. At -40°C  and below, no patrols will be on duty. 

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Winter

When the temperature or wind chill is -45°C or colder at the Forks, school buses will be cancelled. A cancellation alert will be posted on the RETSD website by 6:45 and the media will be alerted.  Schools very rarely close during inclement weather. However if storm conditions develop during the day, it may be necessary to dismiss the students early, to return them home before the weather worsens. In the event that we do need to dismiss students early, please ensure that ALL contact information is always up to date.