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Cannabis: Know the risks

Cannabis: Know the risks

On October 17, 2018 cannabis will be legal in Ontario. To buy, have or use cannabis you must be 19 or older. Cannabis remains illegal for anyone under 19 years of age. The Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board does not permit smoking or the use of cannabis at school or board sanctioned activities or events. The Student Code of Conduct outlines expectations of student behavior, including consequences for being under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

As a Catholic school community, the HWCDSB is committed to ensuring student safety, which includes prevention of cannabis use among youth. The following resources provide facts about cannabis, risk factors associated with use, and ways to engage youth in the conversation about cannabis.

Resources for Educators:
- HWCDSB B.B.05 Cannabis, Tobacco and Smoke Free Schools (policy)
- http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/healthyschool ...
- http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/policyfunding ...
- http://www.ccsa.ca/Resource%20Library/CCSA ...

Resources for Parents
- https://smh-assist.ca/wp-content/uploads/P ...
- https://www.drugfreekidscanada.org/wp-cont ...

Information for parents/guardians regarding prevalent medical conditions

Information for parents/guardians regarding prevalent medical conditions

In alignment with Policy/Program Memorandum No. 161 Supporting Children and Student with Prevalent Medical Conditions (anaphylaxis, asthma, diabetes, and epilepsy) in Schools, parents/guardians are encouraged to visit the board website to access:
- board policies;
- roles and responsibilities;
- annual parent(s)/guardians request and consent for intervention forms; and,
- physician authorization forms. Physician authorization forms are for completion only if medical information is new or if there are changes.

Parent(s)/guardians are asked to:
- become familiar with the parental responsibilities;
- inform the school principal of medical conditions on an annual basis through the request and consent for intervention form; and,
- participate in the co-creation of the Individual Plan of Care on an annual basis.

Policies can be accessed through the following link: https://www.hwcdsb.ca/board/policies/.

Roles and forms can be accessed below:

Other Resources

Bullying Prevention, Intervention and Follow up Plan

Bullying Prevention, Intervention and Follow up Plan

Food Substitutes for Anaphylactic Students

Food Substitutes for Anaphylactic Students

There are students in our schools, who have severe allergies to foods and other substances. At times, even exposure to a tiny amount of these foods or substances could be potentially serious and life-threatening. We can all play a positive role in preventing such a dangerous and frightening situation at our school. The specific students and their families are taking responsibility to avoid exposures. However, staff members, other students and their families can also help to make the school environment safer.

Below are some websites that can provide information on food substitutes for anaphylactic students. Feel free to speak to your school administration should you have any questions.

http://www.eatingwithfoodallergies.com
http://www.kidswithfoodallergies.org
http://www.superhealthykids.com
http://www.verywell.com
Coverage for student injuries that occur on school premises

Coverage for student injuries that occur on school premises

Please see attached flyer for more information.

It is time for the annual school helmet campaign!

It is time for the annual school helmet campaign!

The Hamilton Helmet Initiative (HHI) is committed to preventing brain injury in our community by supporting access to helmets and educational/skill building programming. Head injuries represent 20-40% of all bicycling injuries seen at Canadian emergency rooms. The brain is fragile and helmets work to protect the brain when you fall. The HWCDSB is supporting access to affordable helmets through the Canada Helmet Initiative (CHI) annual Spring Helmet Campaign. This campaign enables students, staff and families to purchase certified toddler, multi-sport, bicycle, hockey helmets at prices 50% below retail.

For every helmet sold, $1 will be donated to the HHI to provide FREE HELMETS within your City to students who may not be able to afford to purchase a helmet.

Students in grades K-8 can create a poster to enter in the Heads Up! 4 poster contest which closes February 24th, 2017.

For more information and tips on helmet safety, please see the

Need Help With Head Lice?

Need Help With Head Lice?

Now available for children and their families...
- Screening (head checks)
- Medicated products
- Information provided by a Public Health Nurse
- Time to talk to other parents
- Bus tickers
- Snack

Please see attached flyer for location details.

Avoid risk of suspension. Report your child’s vaccines to Public Health. Avoid risk of suspension. Report your child’s vaccines to Public Health.

Avoid risk of suspension. Report your child’s vaccines to Public Health.

Provide a copy of your child's yellow immunization card or a record from their doctor by:

Fax: 905-546-4841
Mail: City of Hamilton, Public Health Services, Vaccine Program, P.O. Box 897, Hamilton, Ontario, L8N 3P6
Phone: 905-540-5250 - have your child's vaccine dates and health card number ready

http://hamilton.ca/vaccines



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World Sickle Cell Disease Day

World Sickle Cell Disease Day

World health organization and the united nations has recognized June 19 as a day to promote awareness of sickle cell disease all over the world

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