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Important Letter Home Posted Below

posted Oct 7, 2019, 11:46 AM by Stephen Gay

October 7, 2019

Dear Parents/Guardians, 

I wanted to make you aware Manordale Public School is reporting that a suspicious individual has been seen in our neighbourhood. Ottawa Police Services are investigating the matter.  

Student safety is always our number one priority. I am attaching some street proofing tips which you may want to use when you speak to your child at home.| If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.


S. Gay



What’s street proofing all about? It’s about helping children identify and react to situations that are uncomfortable, unwelcome or even dangerous. Street proofing skills help students become more aware of their surroundings and those in it. They also help to build confidence and independence as students spend more time away from their parents.

Schools, parents and guardians can help make personal safety second nature to a student’s daily activities. We can’t follow our children around everywhere, but we can teach them to trust their own instincts and “keep their radar up.”

In an age-appropriate way, students should learn the following:

·          Their name, age, telephone number and address

·          How to reach a parent, guardian or family contact in an emergency

·          How to contact police, fire and ambulance personnel

·          A secret family password to identify when someone different will pick them up

·          To let a parent or other responsible adult know where they will be at all times

·          Never to say they are alone if they answer the phone

·          Never to invite strangers into their home

·          Not to enter anyone’s home without a parent/guardian’s permission

·          Not to accept gifts from strangers

·          To tell a parent or guardian if someone has asked them to keep a secret

·          Never to play in deserted buildings or isolated areas

·          Never to take shortcuts through empty parks or fields

·          Never to approach or enter a stranger’s car

·           To report to a parent, school authority or police officer anyone who exposes private parts

·          That police officers are their friends and that they can rely on them if they are in trouble