The K.I.D.S. program begins for students in the home school classroom. The Public Health nurse regularly assigned to their school will make two one hour visits to the classroom to deliver the Mental Health and Healthy Relationship modules of the program. An advantage for teachers and students is that the Public Health nurse has an ongoing relationship providing support to their school and may be accessed for additional information or follow up as needed after the program concludes.
Students and their classroom teacher are then provided with a reserved date to attend the balance of the K.I.D.S. program experience at the Children’s Safety Village. Bus transportation for the class is booked and paid for by the T.I.C.K. board to ensure that the program is universally accessible and all Grade 6 students.
The Children’s Safety Village provides a flexible, student friendly place to learn and allows students the opportunity to enjoy an off-site learning experience that makes their day special. Throughout the day, students investigate the Online and Social Media, Youth and the Law and Substance Awareness modules of the program through lecture, media presentations, discussions and collaborative activities. At the end of the day, staff from the Brantford Fire Service is on hand to provide grade appropriate fire safety training.
At the conclusion of the K.I.D.S. program, all of the students are provided with a certificate of completion and a special K.I.D.S. tee shirt provided by the T.I.C.K. board to acknowledge and celebrate their learning.
Students have access to the entire K.I.D.S. program for sharing and review at any time. We encourage students, along with their teacher or parent, to explore the Extension Activities that are a part of the K.I.D.S. dashboard. These activities provide students with the opportunity to think further about what they have learned through the K.I.D.S. program experience and apply knowledge, skills and strategies to consolidate their learning. In addition to being great “discussion starters”, they are also fun!