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Safety Alert
Published on Nov 30, 2017 13:44

November 30, 2017

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I’m writing to make you aware of an incident that occurred in our neighbourhood on Tuesday evening after school. A stranger in a vehicle approached one of our students. Barrie Police Services was contacted and they are looking into the incident.

We wanted to make you aware of this situation so that you can review safety procedures with your child.  

Some safety guidelines recommended by Barrie Police Service include:

  • If your child walks to school or to the bus stop, try to arrange a walking buddy or group.
  • If your child walks to school, make sure they go along main routes that are well travelled, rather than taking shortcuts through deserted areas.
  • Develop a "what if" game for your child to get them thinking about how they would respond if they felt threatened or afraid.
  • Know whom your child plays with and where they go. This includes keeping a list of their friend's addresses and phone numbers.
  • Do not leave your child in unsupervised locations, such as cars, parks, public washrooms, arenas, malls and plazas, etc.
  • Teach your children where and how to get help. Go with them on their regularly travelled routes and identify safe places to go for help.
  • Teach your child to talk to you immediately when someone does anything that makes them feel strange or uncomfortable. Listen when your child is trying to tell you about something that bothers them and provide them with support and understanding.

It’s important for you to know that the safety of our students is our top priority. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at 705-726-1221.

Adrian Zulian