Durham District School Board provides information and support for safety in schools.
By Sarah Racioppa
September 17 to 21 marked the 14th annual Safety Week at the Durham District School Board (DDSB). John Bowyer, Project Superintendent of Safe Schools/Mental Health and Well-Being, explains, "The intent of Safety Week is to provide support, resources, and up-to-date information for schools to continue to create and sustain positive learning environments."
|Robert Munsch PS students and the Whitby Fire and
Emergency Services crew pose for a photo.
Throughout the week, the Safe Schools department in the DDSB offered educators and students various opportunities to expand their knowledge of health and safety.
Fire safety first
Fire Prevention Officer
Terry Von Zuben and Molly the education dog greet Robert Munsch Public School students.
On September 18, Grade 3 and 4 students from Robert Munsch Public School walked over to Whitby Fire and Emergency Services on McKinney Drive. Students sat in the driver's seat of a fire truck, toured the fire hall, and met Molly the education dog, all the while reviewing potential fire risks and the life saving measures that can be taken.
Fire Prevention Officer Terry Von Zuben says, "Parents/guardians need to have working smoke alarms on every level of their home, and students in this age range should know the importance of calling 9-1-1."
Taking precautions for outdoor education
|DDSB secondary teachers
practice building a stretcher
using outdoor materials.
On September 20, secondary teachers participated in Wilderness First Aid Training at Purple Woods Conservation Area in Oshawa. Teachers learned key processes such as: performing a primary assessment of an unconscious individual, making a stretcher out of a tarp and wood, how to treat a person suffering from hypothermia, and more.
Phil Matsushita, Principal of Pine Ridge Secondary School and organizer of this event, highlights the importance of wilderness first aid training, "We're supporting both students and staff by having these tools available, so that staff can provide safe and supportive experiences for all students."
Open house provides public information
|A bird’s eye view of the Safety Week open house held at the|
In honour of Safety Week, the Safe Schools staff also held an open house at the Education Centre in Whitby. Community partners set up booths in the atrium, and Safe Schools staff discussed Ministry of Labour resources and updates with educators.