Promis­ing in­creased vig­i­lance

The Western Star - - Front Page - BY DAVE KEARSEY THE WEST­ERN STAR dkearsey@thewest­ern­ Twit­ter: WS_S­port­sDesk

Staff at Pasadena Ele­men­tary is in­creas­ing stu­dent su­per­vi­sion af­ter a stu­dent went miss­ing dur­ing lunch hour re­cently

There will be a ded­i­cated teacher su­per­vi­sor in the area of the school play­ground ad­ja­cent to the tree line in Pasadena.

That’s one of the mea­sures Pasadena Ele­men­tary School is putting into place to im­prove su­per­vi­sion prac­tices af­ter a safety is­sue came to light ear­lier in the week when a five-yearold went miss­ing dur­ing lunch hour.

Nancy Os­mond’s daugh­ter walked away from the school grounds dur­ing the lunch hour on Wed­nes­day. For al­most 30 min­utes, no­body had a clue where the child had gone.

For­tu­nately, her daugh­ter man­aged to find her way to safety af­ter a 15-minute walk brought her to the home of a neigh­bour.

In a let­ter to par­ents, prin­ci­pal Norma Park out­lined the school’s re­sponse to the in­ci­dent.

“The safety and well-be­ing of our stu­dents is at the heart of what we do as ed­u­ca­tors,” Park said in the let­ter. “We have dis­cussed our su­per­vi­sion prac­tices and made en­hance­ments to them, in­clud­ing a ded­i­cated teacher su­per­vi­sor in the area of the play­ground ad­ja­cent to the tree line.

Os­mond is happy to hear the school is look­ing at ways to make things bet­ter, but she doesn’t think enough is be­ing done.

She wants school board of­fi­cials to take a se­ri­ous look at im­ple­ment­ing some of the mea­sures she feels will make a dif­fer­ence, like fenc­ing in the play­ground and in­stalling cam­eras on the out­side of the school. She said she doesn’t think any­thing will be done fast enough as she re­al­izes re­sources is al­ways a stum­bling block in mak­ing changes.

“I want those things looked into and I don’t know if they have been or not,” said Os­mond.

The prin­ci­pal was un­able to be reached Fri­day.

New­found­land and Labrador English School Dis­trict spokesper­son Ken Mor­ris­sey sent a pre­pared state­ment to The West­ern Star.

“At this time the dis­trict is con­tin­u­ing with a re­view of the in­ci­dent that re­cently oc­curred at Pasadena Ele­men­tary,” the email in part.

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