TDSB lays out new rules for student trips after death of Jeremiah Perry


    The Toronto District Faculty Board (TDSB) is revealing the protection measures it is put in place within the wake of final summer time’s drowning of a 15-year-old student throughout an Algonquin Park area journey.

    Jeremiah Perry was one of on 33 college students from C.W, Jeffreys Collegiate Institute and Westview Centennial Secondary Faculty in North York who had been on a week-long canoe journey when the accident occurred in early July of 2017.

    The new measures embody a compulsory second swim take a look at on the web site of the journey. As properly, the student, his or her dad and mom and the college principal have to be made conscious of the take a look at outcomes, and life jackets have to be worn always — “no exceptions,” the report states.

    “It is an awesome expertise for your private progress and your training and we do not need to cease these,” board chair Robin Pilkey informed CBC Toronto Wednesday.

    “What’s extra necessary is that we labored on our procedures to verify security was paramount,” Pilkey stated. 

    “It was all the time paramount, however this is including a one other layer to it.”

    After the teenager’s death, the board reported that about half the scholars on the journey had failed the swim take a look at, however had been allowed to go anyway.

    College students from C.W. Jefferys Collegiate Institute and Westview Centennial Secondary Faculty arrive dwelling from Algonquin Park final July. Student Jeremiah Perry drowned in the course of the journey. Reviews on the tragedy had been offered to TDSB trustees yesterday afternoon. (Tony Smyth/CBC)

    Though Wednesday’s report refers to Perry’s death on its opening web page, it does not look into the causes of the tragedy.

    And Pilkey stated she could not focus on these questions, citing an ongoing police investigation.

    The report was written by Manon Gardner, the board’s government superintendent​. She defined why a second take a look at is so necessary:

    “It is totally different to do a swim take a look at in a pool than it’s in open water, in a river, chilly water,” she stated.

    If a student fails the second on-site take a look at, she or he will likely be given supervised different “significant” actions for the length of the tour, she stated.

    Manon Gardner, the TDSB’s government superintendent, says it is necessary for college students to move a swim take a look at on the web site of the sphere journey, not simply in a managed surroundings like a swimming pool. (Oliver Walters/CBC Information)The report’s protocols have been in place since September of final 12 months, Gardner stated, however will not get the board’s official stamp of approval till September 2018, once they go earlier than the TDSB’s governance committee.



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