GYPSD : Keep­ing our students safe

The McLeod River Post - - Education Matters -

This morn­ing (Sept. 26) we had an at­tempted ab­duc­tion of one of our students on the way to school in the com­mu­nity of Jasper. The stu­dent was able to es­cape with­out phys­i­cal harm and quickly re­ported the in­ci­dent. Ex­tra out­side su­per­vi­sion on school grounds has been co­or­di­nated and lo­cal RCMP are cur­rently in­ves­ti­gat­ing the sit­u­a­tion.

We have asked our students and staff to be alert to any ac­tiv­i­ties which may lend them­selves to sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tions in their com­mu­ni­ties. This in­ci­dent serves as a re­minder to us that our students must take ex­tra care while away from home, and par­tic­u­larly when trav­el­ling to and from school. Students are en­cour­aged to not walk or wait alone while en­route to school or at bus stops. We also re­minded students this morn­ing about the im­por­tance of be­ing aware of your sur­round­ings at all times, al­ways prac­tice good safety habits and know where to go for help if needed. When it comes to safety, there are no short cuts.

We en­cour­age fam­i­lies to take the time to go over these safety re­minders with your child:

• To and From School - Travel with a friend, sis­ter, brother or a group of friends; whether you are walk­ing,

rid­ing your bike or wait­ing at the bus stop.

• Catch­ing a Ride - Never ac­cept a ride from a stranger. If a stranger of­fers you a ride, say no, and run

away. Then tell your par­ents or your teacher about it.

• Be­ing Fol­lowed - Get away as quickly as you can. Go to some­one’s house you know, or run to other peo­ple, or just run away. If it is a car fol­low­ing you, turn around fast and go in the op­po­site di­rec­tion.

Don’t go into iso­lated ar­eas like back lanes; stay out in the open where oth­ers can see and help you.

• Some­one Makes You Un­com­fort­able - Never leave school with some­one who makes you feel un­com­fort­able.

Trust your in­stincts and tell your par­ents or your teacher about it.

• False Fam­ily Emer­gency - A stranger says there is a fam­ily emer­gency or your dog is hurt and you must go with them – never go with­out first ask­ing your par­ents or teacher.

• Check­ing In - Al­ways check in with your par­ents when you ar­rive home or when you ar­rive at a friend’s house. Get your friends to do the same with their par­ents.

We sin­cerely ap­pre­ci­ate ev­ery­one’s as­sis­tance in as­sur­ing the con­tin­ued safety of our students and staff.

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