5 Weeks until Christmas Break!
Thought of the Week: Planning has already started for the holiday season. This is always a challenging time in our schools as the holiday season is starting earlier and earlier, thus introducing heightened emotions sooner. It is tempting to have our schools move into “holiday mode” however we must continue to maximize our instructional time. How can we integrate the two so that we honour the excitement of the holidays while still maintaining curricular focus? How can we support each other to see the opportunities for learning that the holidays bring? What types of inquiry can take place? What numeracy opportunities come when we build Gingerbread House, for example? If we begin supporting this planning early, we will be able to achieve both goals – celebration and learning!
Health and Safety Act Reminders
How JHSC / H&S Representatives can help your business
The OHSA sets out certain functions and powers that apply to the committee or representatives as a whole, and specific duties and powers that apply to worker members. The committee’s key functions are to:
- identify hazards in the workplace through activities like workplace inspections, accident investigations and information analyses
- make recommendations to the employer on health and safety issues and on programs and procedures to improve health and safety.
Responsibilities and powers of the health and safety representative include:
- identify workplace hazards [s.8(100)]
- inspect the workplace at least once a month [s.8(6)]
- consult on workplace testing [s.8(11)]
- make recommendations to the employer [s.8(10)]
- investigate work refusals[s.43(4)] and serious accidents [s.8(14)].
Your JHSC (or H&S Representative) serve as effective health and safety role models and partners in your organization. The JHSC has an obligation to inspect workplace practices and recommend solutions to management. This helps keep your workplace compliant, but more importantly, there is less likelihood of injuries or illnesses because of the diligence of your JHSC members or H&S Representative.
SURPLUS EQUIPMENT, FURNITURE & BOOKS 304 – Please be sure to follow this policy as this has come up as an issue. A reminder that all HC and MWF will not dispose or relocate furniture or equipment until the school site administrators have followed Policy 304. Site Administrators must receive the appropriate approval from the Superintendent of Business. Plant will only dispose of damage equipment or relocate it once a work order is issued after receiving proper approval.
P/VP Handbook Review for December -will take place Wednesday, December 2, 3:30-4:30 Please use my dial in and access code.
Elementary Principal Teleconference – several of you have asked to resume these teleconferences, minus the SLP piece (for now). We can resume on Thursdays, however I need to get a sense of what time works for you. If the 7:50-8:30 time slot DOES NOT work for you, please email me with a time that does and we will try to make it work. Email by Tuesday please.
Elementary Catch Up Session – is scheduled for Monday, November 30 from 9:00-11:00. We will hold this date for another week and re-evaluate then.
Director’s Newsletter – please send photos and good news items to Dave this week please!
Nicki’s Schedule for this Week:
Mon – Nakina School Visit, PIC Meeting
Tues – GOPS (Sussex Group)
Wed – Thunder Bay at GSN Consultation
Thurs – am at OH and S Meeting, pm GOPS office
Fri – GOPS
November 19 Bully Prevention/Awareness Week
Monday, November 16, 2015 7:00 SGDSB Parent Involvement Committee Meeting
Monday, November 23, 2015 Violence in Workplace Action Plans Due
Monday, November 23, 2015 Board Meeting
Tuesday, November 24, 2015 3:30 Director’s Update
Friday, November 27, 2015 – Leadership Meeting in Marathon
Monday, November 30, 2015 POP Feedback Round 1 Completed
Monday, November 30, 2015 – Bully Action Plans due to NMC
Monday, December 7 – Inaugural Board Meeting – at Board Office all day.
Tuesday, December 8 – Director’s Update