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The Community Safety Village of York Region is an education facility designed to bring safety messages to children in Kindergarten, Grades 1 through 5 in an exciting and interactive way. The Safety Village features a main building with a Police education classroom that has working traffic lights and signals, and a Fire education classroom complete with a fully equipped apartment. We have a miniature “Village” of over 30 scaled-down buildings, roadways, operational traffic lights, signs and railway crossing. Our new outdoor Activities Centre
has various self-directed games for your classes to try.
The programs at the Community Safety Village are now offered at no cost.
- Find your grade level. If you have a split grade, select the grade level that you feel is most appropriate or combine appropriate grades together to create a class of 15 - 30 students per class
- Determine when you can arrive at the Safety Village and when you must leave
- You should be at the village approximately 10 minutes before the class start time
- Each lesson is 70 minutes in length
- Select a time slot that keeps in mind travel time, busing schedules, etc.
- The minimum number for each session is 15 students
- The maximum number for each session is 30 students
- Only Grade 5 classes have the option of having both Police and Fire lessons during the same visits
- All requests must be made in writing by either e-mail to email@example.com or fax to 905-927-1215
- You will receive a fax confirmation from the Safety Village Administrative Assistant (Dana Bourdages) that must be signed and returned in order to confirm your visit
- Please have teachers share with village staff any special needs or behavioural concerns of your students prior to the start of each student
- Students attending police sessions will go outside in the village, so please ensure students have appropriate outdoor clothing
- Students attending the Grade 3 Bicycle Safety Program must bring their bike helmet with them. The village does have a limited supply of helmets on site, as well as some bicycles with training wheels
- Students attending fire sessions will be inside for 70 minutes
- There are areas suitable for eating a packed lunch (inside during bad weather, outside picnic pavilion in nice weather) which, if they are to be used by your classes, must be included in your registration request
- Please do not have younger siblings attend as this is an educational experience.
- The programs at the Community Safety Village are now offered at no cost.
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Kindergarten - Community Helpers & Water Safety/ Introduction to Fire Safety
The new Kindergarten Program has TWO interactive 60-70 minute lessons designed for JK and SK students. The programs are taught by police officers and fire educators. The sessions are non-threatening and hands-on using several buildings in the Safety Village, a real-to-life pool and Sparky's Apartment. Your Kindergarden students will be relaxed and have fun!
Grade 1 - Traffic Safety/Cars
Grade 1 students are introduced to road sign safety, pedestrian safety and stranger awareness in a classroom setting by a uniformed Police Officer. They then practice what they have learned by driving our battery operated mini-cars outside in our Safety Village with operating traffic lights and railway. This program is one of the most popular at the Community Safety Village. Students should wear clothing suitable for being inside (approximately 30 minutes) and outside (approximately 35 minutes). Based on Risk Watch Curriculum.
Grade 2 - Introduction to Fire Safety
Grade 2 students are introduced to basic fire safety concepts by a uniformed Fire Educator. They will play “Safe or Dangerous” game; have a true-to-life fire escape in Sparky’s apartment with non-toxic safe smoke; and practice Stop, Drop and Roll. Students also practice making a 9-1-1 emergency call with simulator. Students should wear comfortable clothing suitable for being inside (70 minutes). They do not need to bring/wear snow pants unless you plan to take them outside before or after this session. This session is taught in a very non-threatening, fun way and is based on the Risk Watch Curriculum.
Grade 3 - Bicycle and Bicycle Helmet Safety
Grade 3 students learn from a uniformed Police Officer how to properly fit their bicycle helmets and how to safely ride their bicycles through the Safety Village using operational traffic lights, a railway crossing and bicycle lanes. All bicycles are provided for the students (some with training wheels) but they must bring a bicycle helmet with them to the village. Students should wear clothing suitable for being inside (approximately 30 minutes) and outside (approximately 35 minutes). There are a limited number of helmets available for students who do not bring one. Based on Risk Watch Curriculum.
Grade 4 - Fire Safety and Fire Science
Grade 4 students review basic fire safety principles with a uniformed Fire Educator and are introduced to home escape planning. The lesson also includes the science of fire (combustion) as they learn about the fire triangle. Students will independently look for fire and burn hazards as well as experience a true-to-life home escape with smoke simulation in Sparky’s Apartment. Students should wear comfortable clothing suitable for being inside (70 minutes). They do not need to bring/wear snow pants unless you plan to take them outside before or after this session. This session is based on the Risk Watch Curriculum.
Our Grade 4 Advanced Fire Safety and The Science of Fire program is offered from September to November and from March Break to June each school year. Schools are encouraged to book a Grade 4 class with a Grade 1 Traffic Safety or a Grade 3 Bicycle Safety class as either of these programs can be taught concurrently with a Grade 4 class.
Grade 5 Programs - Internet Safety, Positive Lifestyle Choices and Emergency Preparedness
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Grade 5 - Internet Safety
Grade 5 students learn from a uniformed Police Officer about the seriousness of cyber bullying and possible consequences. They learn about the safe use of the internet with a focus on user names, chat rooms, and the dangers of meeting strangers that they have chatted with on-line. Students will participate in an interactive Trivia Game that allows the students to comprehend the lesson taught. Students should wear comfortable clothing suitable for being inside (70 minutes).
Grade 5 - Positive LIfestyle Choices
Grade 5 students learn from a uniformed Police Officer about the seriousness of making positive choices and the possible consequences resulting from negative choices. They will learn how they can demonstrate several of the Character Attributes in making positive lifestyle choices. Students will participate in an interactive journey towards identifying the heroes around them, as well as the heroes that reside within. They will participate in a brief discussion about what a gang is and how they can avoid gangs by involving themselves in a series of positive activities. Students should wear clothing suitable for being outside for a short period of time.
Grade 5 - Emergency Preparedness
Grade 5 students will gain an understanding of natural and man-made emergencies along with the top five potential emergencies that could happen in York Region. The students will learn about the importance of being prepared before an emergency happens. They will prepare real-to-life emergency kits in case they had to stay in their homes for 72 hours or in case they had to evacuate their homes with little to no notice. The Grade 5 students will participate in the "Emergency Challenge" an interactive game where teams earn points for having the best emergency kit!
Grade 5 Booking Information
Schools are encouraged to book up to three Grade 5 classes for the same visit. Each class will rotate through all of the Police and Fire sessions for a total of 210 minutes of instruction. Sessions will run at 9:30 a.m., 10:50 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. (or 12:45 p.m. depending on bussing requirements), with a 10-minute break in between the morning sessions and a lunch break before the afternoon session. Please see the Example of Class Schedule and Frequently Asked Questions for details.