to our school and the Thornwood community. At Thornwood
Public School, all learners, including students, staff,
parents, and community work together, as we build our
future. Through positive home, community, and school
partnership, we continue to foster a caring learning
environment to enable all learners to achieve their
personal best as lifelong learners.
Effective and open communication is key to ensuring
that parents are kept well informed and thus involved
in the ongoing school activities. This handbook is an
addition to the many ways that we attempt to communicate
Thornwood continues to have a strong and supportive
group of parents involved in the School Council, fundraising,
and volunteering. We commend you for your commitment
and participation. Together, we work for the benefit
of all our students.
In sharing the responsibility of providing the best
learning environment for the children of Thornwood Public
School, we look forward to working with you to strengthen
Robert Di Prospero
and the Staff of Thornwood Public School
Education Act requires students to attend school regularly.
Prolonged absence, sporadic attendance or lateness will
result in a lack of continuity in learning.
Parents are required to phone the school if a student
will be absent or late. Please phone 905 275-4077 each
day of your child's absence. Messages may be left on
the school answering machine any time. When the student
returns to school, a written note explaining the absence
or lateness is to be given to the classroom teacher.
order to reduce chronic lateness, students who are late
will receive a letter to be signed by parents.
Should their lateness continue, time missed will be
made up during the school day.
are responsible for acquiring and completing work missed
during their absences.
do not have the facilities at school to accommodate
children who are ill. Whenever a child becomes ill,
we will telephone home to request that someone pick
Therefore, we require an emergency contact number in
case no one is available at home.
All students are required to go outside during recess.We
will not, of course, send children out during severe
weather but please ensure that your child is always
dressed appropriately for the weather conditions.
Kindergarten and A.M.
supervision begins at 8:25.Entry bell will be at and again at 12:55 p.m.;
there is a 5 minute pre-entry bell at both morning and
afternoon entry times.
Please note that students arriving prior to
8:25 a.m. are not supervised.
Fire drills are held on a regular basis to ensure that
the school can be evacuated in an orderly, panic-free
manner in case of an emergency. The wearing of indoor
shoes is mandatory since fire drills are unannounced
and every person must leave the building when the fire
Lockdown procedures will be held on a regular basis.
Lockdown procedures are defined by the Peel Regional
Police as the restriction of movement during the time
of a potentially serious violent incident. During a
lockdown, critical judgement is exercised to ensure
maximum safety for all.
Students are required to have
indoor and outdoor shoes. School
and fire regulations require that students
wear shoes at all times. Hats or head
coverings are not to be worn inside the school. Head
covers worn for legitimate religious purposes are exempt.