School Safety

Central Public School (RPS) is committed to making our learning environment safe for students and staff. Click on a link below to learn more about our security and safety procedures:

If you have any questions about our safety policies and procedures, you can contact us.

Safe Arrival Check

As part of our safe arrival check:

  • Parents/guardians should ensure that the school office has updated addresses and telephone contact numbers including at least one additional emergency contact name and number.
  • If your child is absent, please call the main office (an answering service is available 24 hours a day).
  • If a student is not present or accounted for, our automated system will call you. This policy is not a guarantee of safety and is only effective if parents keep the office informed of absences and if updated contact numbers are available.

Visitor Check-in

  • All visitors, including parents, are to report to the office and sign in.
  • Parents who wish to pick up their child during the day must also sign into the office.
  • If you are picking up your child, instruct him/her to meet you at the office at the appropriate time.
  • If you are making alternate pick up arrangements for your child, please send a note in your child's agenda or call the office before 3:00 p.m.
  • Parents/visitors should remain in the office and wear a visitor's name tag. Visitors are not permitted on the yard, as supervising staff may not be aware of the circumstances surrounding your visit.

Building Access

  • For safety reasons, our front doors locked during school hours.
  • If you wish access to our building, you must access through our staff doors(on Stevenson) near the parking lot. Please proceed directly to the office on the right side of the hallway.
  • Access to all other entrances is restricted.
  • Parents/guardians are asked to accompany their child to the office if he/she is arriving after classes begin. Students should obtain a late slip to give to their teacher.

Lockdown Safety Drills

At Central, we take the responsibility of protecting our students and staff very seriously. As part of our Emergency Response Plan and consistent with the Renfrew County District Board of Education (RCDSB) policy, staff and students participate in lockdown safety drills. The drills are developed in conjunction with Constable B. Ethier, Community Liaison Officer, of the Ontario Provincial Police.

In a lockdown:

  • Students and staff are directed to secure areas where doors can be locked and students are kept out of sight.
  • No one may leave their secure area until they receive an "all clear" from the authorities.
  • A lockdown is used when it is suspected that an intruder has entered the school and poses a threat to the safety of our students and staff.
  • Parents/guardians play an important role in school safety by talking to their child about what to do in the event of a crisis. Parents should discuss the procedures below with their child and encourage him/her to stay calm in an emergency situation.

Code of Conduct

Safety is an important component of the RCDSB's code of conduct. Please read our school's handbook of conduct or RCDSB's Administrative Procedure 140 - Code of Conduct for additional information.

Character Education

CPS is engaged in character education which promotes a safe, caring learning environment. Visit character education for further details.