Archive | April, 2020

Cyberbullying will not be tolerated in the YRDSB

24 Apr

Dear Brownridge Families,

It is important to us that we provide a caring, safe and inclusive environment in our school that supports the academic achievement and well-being of all students. To support this environment in our new online learning setting, we want to share some important information about cyberbullying and the importance of appropriate online behaviour.

What is cyberbullying?

Cyberbullying:

  • Involves the use of electronic devices or the Internet to threaten, embarrass, socially exclude and harass.
  • Is often repetitive and can have significant socio-emotional implicati​ons for the victim and for those who witness the bullying.
  • Can occur through various forms of social media, including texting, email, chats, websites, instant messaging, cell phones and through the use of pictures/video clips.
  • Is often aggressive behaviour that can be intentional or unintentional, direct or indirect.
  • May include mockery, insults, threats, racist or homophobic comments, gossip, rumours, group exclusion, humiliation and social rejection.

With the click of a button, a cyberbullying incident can reach a wide audience, resulting in someone feeling victimized and unsafe. The anonymity afforded to those who cyberbully often results in the continuation of this unacceptable behavior.

What we do about cyberbullying

We take incidents of cyberbullying seriously. While we may not be in the school building, it is important that we continue to provide a safe learning environment for students. We will continue to address inappropriate use of technology in all of its forms, including cyberbullying, threats made on-line, incidents of hate and discrimination, hacking, breaches of privacy and personal information, including sharing passwords.

All YRDSB students were expected to sign the Information Technology Acceptable Use Agreement at the beginning of the school year, which includes interacting with Board students and/or staff through technology. Instances of bullying, cyberbullying or intimidation are dealt with under the Board’s Caring and Safe Schools policy and procedures, which all students learned about in the school-wide Caring and Safe Schools assemblies held at the beginning of the school year.

What can parents and families do about cyberbullying?

  • If you suspect that your child is being cyberbullied or engaging in cyberbullying, please notify your student’s teacher or school’s administration as soon as possible.
  • Contact the police immediately if threats occur.
  • If cyberbullying occurs on a social media site, you can also report the occurrence to the social media provider to have it blocked and/or removed.
  • Follow your child’s online social media accounts, and tell them that you are monitoring their activity to help keep them safe. Discuss this with your child as some children or teens may create a fake second account for their parents to follow.
  • Be aware of how your child is feeling. Children who have been cyberbullied may feel unsafe, overwhelmed and depressed.
  • If your child is experiencing emotional distress due to cyberbullying, consider contacting your school principal for a consultation with the school psychology or social work professional, or explore support through resources such as Crisis Lines:
    • 310 COPE: 1-855-310-2673
    • Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868
    • Mental Health Helpline: 1-866-531-2600
    • York Hills Help Line: 905-503-9561
  • Avoid taking technology away. Technology is an important tool for most youth. Taking away all forms of technology is a way to further isolate your child from their peers that are able to support during this difficult time.
  • Remind your child:
    • If you experience cyberbullying online, do not respond and do not retaliate, but rather, report it.
    • If you witness cyberbullying online, if you feel safe, then stop and name it (“that is bullying” or “that is racist”).  As upstanders, students play a critical role in stopping incidents of bullying, hate and discrimination and ensuring the well-being of each other.
    • Block the person doing the bullying and tell your teacher, an adult or a family member.  If the adult doesn’t listen, keep trying with other adults!
    • You also need to know that you can report something without the other student or adult knowing.  This includes using the YRDSB Report It Button.

For more information and resources on bullying and cyberbullying, please visit the Board website.

Thank you for helping us create a safe, respectful and inclusive school community. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school’s administration.

Vaughan Public Library goes VIRTUAL!

18 Apr

Go to http://www.vaughanpl.info for details.

VPL- Outreach Newsletter- Your Digital Library

Letter for Families of Students in Grade 8

17 Apr

Good afternoon families of grade 8 students,
Please click Grade 8 graduation letter to read about the postponing of the grade 8 graduation.
Thanks,

Joe Gold
Principal,
Brownridge PS.

PARENT ENGAGEMENT- Free webinars for parents/guardians

17 Apr

Parent engagement continues to be an important part of what we do at Brownridge. During these times when we are not able to connect with one another in person, we are looking for other ways to do so. In addition to daily morning announcements on Twitter (@brownridgeps),  regular email communication/blogging, engaging opportunities on Instagram (brownridgepslearningcommons), we are pleased to let you know about free webinars for parents. 

Please click Webinars Available 2020 for details.

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Feeling stressed? Frustrated? Upset? Help is a phone call away.

17 Apr

Support during COVID-19

Information for parents of students in grade 7- Please read…

14 Apr

Vaccination Clinics- COVID cancellations flyer

Brownridge, support is available. Please read.

6 Apr

Good evening Brownridge Families,

Please find information below that you can use to access support.

This link is for applications for the $220-250 per child payments from the government for the school closure time due to COVID-19  http://www.ontario.ca/SupportForFamilies

This link is for applications and information regarding the $60 per child from the school closures due to job action that previously occurred  http://www.ontario.ca/SupportForParents

Ontario Government Supports Families in Response to COVID.docx

 

 

 

 

An update from YRDSB Director of Education, Louise Sirisko

2 Apr

Dear Families, 

Earlier this week, we sent home a letter to families that outlined the steps the Board was taking to move learning opportunities online with our new Learning and Caring Plan. Today, I am pleased to provide you with another update and share additional information about what students and families can expect in the coming weeks.

This plan has four steps that outline how teachers will implement and deliver teacher-led learning to our students, in line with Ministry of Education requirements. We have posted an overview of the Learning and Caring Plan on the Board website at www.yrdsb.ca/covid19, along with our FAQs section that provides the most up-to-date answers that are frequently asked. 

This week, your children’s teachers are contacting families, preparing their online platforms, conducting curriculum checks and planning. Next week, teachers will begin to clarify expectations for students and implement teacher-led learning. This will be an exciting time for students, teachers, principals, and support staff. As we move into this next stage of teacher-led learning, there will be many opportunities for exploration, collaboration, and engagement. Together, we will accomplish great things. 

As outlined by the letter you received yesterday from the Minister of Education, teachers will deliver learning by grade groupings as follows:

  • Kindergarten-Grade 3: five hours of work per student/week 
  • Grades 4-6: five hours of work per student/week 
  • Grades 7-8: 10 hours of work per student/week 
  • Grades 9-12: three hours of work per course per week for semestered students; 1.5 hours of work per course per week for non-semestered students 

I want to assure you that we will continue to plan for the needs of all of our students, including students with special education needs and English language learners. Teachers have been provided supplementary resources to design learning opportunities to engage students in accessing concepts and skills based on the Ontario curriculum. 

We will be reaching out to families who have requested technology and internet service in the coming week to share how we can provide the support your family needs to access teacher-led learning.

As we implement our Learning and Caring Plan, we know that each class may look different depending on the student and class needs, area of study, and teacher’s professional judgement. We ask for your patience as we chart this new course together. I want to acknowledge the work of our educators and staff in preparing for this transition to new ways of teaching and learning.

I know our educators are looking forward to reconnecting with their students, and we will continue to navigate these uncertain times together, keeping our students at the centre of all that we do. 

Sincerely, 

Louise Sirisko

Director of Education