Resources for Parents
Entrance & Dismissal
9:00 am Entry
10:42 am Recess
11:45 am Lunch Hour
12:45 pm Entry
2:10 pm Recess
3:30 pm Dismissal
St. Pius X is an allergen aware school. There are children in attendance who suffer from severe and
life threatening allegies to certain foods, such as peanut and nut products (among other food
and/or non-food products).
Anaphylaxis is a severe and life threatening allergic reaction, and exposure to the smallest quantities
of these products can be life threatening. The most common allergen triggers are food, insect stings,
medications, exercise and latex. An anaphylaxis reaction involves symptoms from two or more body
We at St. Pius would appreciate the co-operation of the entire school community in NOT sending any
lunches or snacs that contain peanuts or nuts, which could potentially harm a child. Other restrictions
may apply on a class by class basis. Please make sure that all of your children's caregivers are aware
of the food restrictions. Please avoid sending food for birthdays or special occasions. There are many
alternatives such as stickers and pencils. If you have any questions, please talk to your child's teacher
or the school staff. We look forward to your co-operation in making this a safe year for all our students.
Principals, teachers and support staff of the TCDSB are not permitted to administer any type of prescription medication during the school year, unless we have written signed authorization from you, the parent and the prescribing physician.
The forms to dispense any medication must be updated on a regular basis and are available from the school principal. These forms, once completed, are kept on a file at the school.
Also, be advised that staff in TCDSB schools will not dispense non-prescription medications to students. Should you require additional information or have any questions about this protocol, please contact the school Principal or the Special Services Department at 416-222-8282 ext. 2486. Your co-operation in this matter is greatly appreciated.
A public Health Nurse is available in the school sporadically. All students are required by law to be immunized. Failure to provide proof of immunization could result in suspension fo a student by the Medical Officer of health.
For children who become ill while at school, we can provide only short-term rest facilities until a parent is called. In cases where illness or injury appears to be serious, every effort will be made to contact a parent. If we are unable to make contact, and it is determined that medical assistance is required, the Principal or designate may take the student to the hospital. Where appropriate, an ambulance will be called. Up-to-date emergency information is essential if the school is to respond effectively in the event of an emergency.
If your child has ongoing health concerns, and is under medical attention, please call the Principal or teacher to discuss the situation. In these circumstances, the school will provide medical forms that needt to be completed by the doctor and brought back to the school.
In winter, parents should equip their children with a change of footwear to be worn in the classroom area. The wearing of boots in class is unhealthy and therefore, prohibited.
Children should come to school properly dressed for the weather (hats, coats, gloves/mittens/ bootes in winter, broad brimmed hats, sunglesses, sunscreen in summer. Students are expected to be outdoors for recess. Generally speaking, a child who is too sick to be out at recess is too sick to attend school and profit educationally.
Head Lice (Pediculosis)
If you should discover that your child has been infected with head lice, we would ask that you advise the Principal of the problem in order that various classes can be checked to prevent further spreading.
Outbreaks of pediculosis are common among school children and are not considered a health problem. Any person , however clean, may become infested by exposure to other infected persons or their belongings, particularly clothing (hats, coats, combs, hair brushes, etc).
Parent are advised to look for pediculosis when their children are observed scratching their heads excessively. Lice develop through a three week cycle and the eggs (nits) are attached near the base of the individual's hair, usually along the hairline at the back of the head.
Suggested Treatment: When infestations occur, effective treatments can be obtained without a doctor's prescription from most pharmacies
Inclement Weather - TCDSB Guidelines
In the interest of student health and school performance, the TCDSB is in support of students being outdoors during recess whenever possible. However, students will remain indoors during inclement weather. With a focus on winter conditions "students will remain indoors when the temparature or the temperature in conjuction with the wind speed creates a wind chill factor that could possibly lead to frostbite". Please know that we apprise ourselves of the weather of the weather conditions throughout the course of the day and base our desicions for recess on conditions and Board guidelines.
Inclement Weather - St. Pius X Guidelines
On days when the weather is inclement, students are asked to arrive at school just before the bell. Those students present at school will be permitted to enter the building at 8:45 am. On such days, the recess periods will be held indoors and those students who stay for lunch will be supervised in the building. Unless the weather conditions are particularly bad, cold weather alone does not warrant and early entry to the building or indoor recess. Appropriate dress is a requirement on such days.
In winter, parents should equip their children with a change of footwear to be worn in the classroom area. The wearing of boots in class is unhealthy and therefore, prohibited. Children should come to school properly dressed for the weather (hats, coats, gloves/mittens/ bootes in winter, broad brimmed hats, sunglesses, sunscreen in summer. Students are expected to be outdoors for recess. Generally speaking, a child who is too sick to be out at recess is too sick to attend school and profit educationally