École Confédération is a JK-Gr. 8, single track French Immersion school in the city of Brantford. September 2016 was the grand opening of our school. During the 2015-2016 school year, extensive renovations were done to the former Coronation school to accommodate the growing population of École Fairview (including the addition of several new classrooms and the relocation of the removeable classroom module from the Fairview site). The result is our beautiful, new school which opened September 2016! We continue our learning in both English and French at our new campus. With a population of just under 600 students, there is always something exciting happening in addition to learning, with many clubs and sports teams available for students. GO COURAGE! Please see our Caregiver and Student Handbook for more information:
*Please note that our handbook does not include additional protocols in place to respond to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Safe Student Arrival and Dismissal Procedures
There is no parking or vehicles allowed on site from 8:45-9:15 daily (morning drop off) and from 3:15-3:45 daily (afternoon pick up). The only exception to this rule would be for those with accessible passes who need to access the 2 designated spots at the front end of the parking lot. If your family has a need for on-site access with a vehicle during the prohibited times, but does not have an accessible pass, please contact the main office to discuss possible arrangements. Parking will be available on the streets adjacent to the school. Please obey the posted parking regulations when parking on the street. Students may cross at the crossing guard in front of the school and walk up the sidewalk to the playground.
All buses will load and unload in the loop at the end of the staff parking lot. Families need to avoid this area at all times before and after school. Parents may not park or drop off students in the bus loading zone. Visitor parking is also not permitted in this area.
All students in Grade 1-8 will enter the playground through the gate along the sidewalk at the edge of the parking lot and bus loading zone.
All Kindergarten students can be dropped off in the morning at the opposite end of the school from the parking lot each morning. (North end of the school, close to the highway 403 bridge). Please note that there is no parking or stopping on Ewing Drive. Parents dropping Kindergarten students off may not stop or park in front of the school.
Student pick up will be on the front lawn. Except for school buses and vehicles with permits for the 2 accessible parking spaces, no vehicles are permitted on the school property for pick up between 3:15 and 3:45 daily. Kindergarten parents may begin pick up at 3:20 daily in the Kindergarten zone along Ewing Drive, opposite end of the school from the main entrance. Gr. 1-8 students will be ready for pick up at 3:30 on the front lawn. This area will be fully supervised by staff.
Please note that dismissal time is very busy for students. It is important for families to establish a clear routine with children and the classroom teacher. If there is a change in routine, a note from the parent/guardian will be expected by the teacher each and every time.
Elementary Safe Welcome Program
In the interest of safety and to support a welcoming learning environment for our students and staff, the Grand Erie District School Board will implement Safe Welcome Program – locked door policy for all Grand Erie District School Board Elementary schools. At École Confédération, we implement the Safe Welcome Program with the following measures:
All perimeter doors are locked and a security access device is in place at the school main entrance doors on Ewing Drive.
The school main entrance is equipped with a Video / Intercom access system. This system allows school staff to identify visitors. It provides additional building safety measures for our students, staff and school community. The Video / Intercom access system has a 2-way audio/video communication system from the main door to the main office, complete with an electric door release. The Video / Intercom access system software is installed on all main office computers. The access system allows for the visual identification of any visitors requesting entrance into the school prior to their approved access.
All perimeter doors are locked and secured at all times, including during school hours and recess times. This includes doors to the portables. A proximity access card system is installed at all entry doors to allow for portable access to the school building, i.e., emergency situations, washrooms, gym, library, etc. during the regular school day. Access cards are provided to each classroom and are available for students who enter the building during the school day. During recess times, the supervising teacher has an access card and unlocks the doors as needed to allow student entry to the building. Doors remain locked during the hours of the Before and After school program run by the YMCA. A door bell is available that is monitored by YMCA staff. A YMCA staff member will open the door for families accessing their program.
During special events that occur after school hours, some doors may be unlocked to allow entry for guests. These events may include, but are not limited to after school Book Fairs, concerts, daytime and evening Parent-Teacher interviews, rentals, and school-based parent engagement events.
All Grand Erie Schools Are Smoke-Free
The Province’s Smoke-Free Ontario Act prohibits smoking tobacco or cannabis and vaping within 20 metres of a school’s property line. For reference, 20 metres is the approximate length of 1.5 school buses.
The law covers all indoor areas at schools in Ontario as well as all outdoor spaces, such as playgrounds, parking lots and sports fields. Anyone caught smoking or vaping in a prohibited area could face a minimum fine of $305. Students involved in smoking or vaping in a prohibited area will be addressed through the progressive discipline policy, which includes suspension.
For more information on the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, visit: https://bit.ly/2FGV4y5.
More at École Confédération Elementary School
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More at École Confédération Elementary School
Online access to Raz-Kids reading program. Please login to the site with the information sent home by your child(ren)'s classroom teacher(s)
Online access to Sumdog math games program. Please login to the site with the information sent home by your child(ren)'s classroom teacher(s)
Online access to free educational kids computer games and activities for elementary students to learn on the web
Online access to PBSkids games
Online access to Discovery Kids educational games and research
Online access to free educational games, online books, and comics. Funbrain, created for kids ages preschool through grade 8, offers more than 100 fun, interactive games that develop skills in math, reading, and literacy.