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PLANNING YOUR TRIP – GENERAL INFORMATION

SAFETY

  • ANSC address:  Arundel Nature and Science Centre
                          90 Crystal Falls
                          Arundel, QC   J0T 1A0   
                          (819) 687-9999
  • Emergency numbers are posted near the ANSC telephone in the kitchen dining area.
  • First Aid supplies are located in kitchen dining hall.
  • The visiting teacher should ensure that an emergency vehicle (car) follows the school bus to ANSC and is left at ANSC for the duration of the trip in case of emergency.
  • We also recommend that teachers and/or supervisors carry cell phones for emergency purposes.
  • Please leave bunk beds the way they are for your own safety.  Always leave doorways and windows clear in case of emergency.
  • All buildings are equipped with smoke detectors and fire extinguishers.
  • It is the visiting group organizer’s responsibility to ensure that students know how to evacuate the dorms and have a designated meeting point, it is advised that a practice drill be carried out before sleeping in the dorms. Use the exit maps found in each dorm near the entrance
  • Grave emergencies call 911


CODE OF CONDUCT

  • If your group decides to move picnic tables, tables, chairs, benches, garbage cans, etc. please put these items back to the way you found them
  • Please wash, dry and put away all dishes, cookware and utensils in their place
  • Bunk beds and beds are to be left where they are found to ensure there is proper access to fire exits
  • In order for students to be fully aware of behavioural expectations at our centre, we recommend students and parents read and sign the CONTRACT found on the link below.  This letter clearly outlines the code of conduct students are required to follow while visiting ANSC


ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY

  • Please sort your waste: use the compost and recycling bins in the cafeteria and kitchen
  • Turn off light when not in use
  • Turn down heat during the day
  • When on the trails, exploring the forests, etc. use the “Leave No Trace” principle of making sure you do not litter, refrain from breaking tree limbs, etc. essentially leave this beautiful place the same why you found it , so that others can enjoy the same experience
  • Bring and use refillable water bottles


RESPONSIBILITIES

In order to offer you the best experience possible some responsibilities need to be clarified:

ANSC STAFF'S RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Welcome, orient and review the Centre’s rules and emergency procedures upon the group’s arrival
  • Provide assistance regarding facilities and equipment usage
  • Instruct the programs provided in the agreed upon program proposal sent to your school
  • Provide evening instruction if it is so arranged
  • Organize alternative programming in the event of special circumstances (inclement weather, student safety concerns)
  • Be available for consultation for the duration of the groups stay
  • Enforce safety guidelines and provide a safe, clean and healthy environment that fosters excellence which are in-line with the SWLSB Guiding Principles on Respect and Safety


VISITING TEACHERS' RESPONSIBILITIES

  • It is the visiting group organizer’s responsibility to ensure that students know how to evacuate the dorms and have a designated meeting point, it is advised that prior sleeping in the dorms a practice drill is carried out.  Use the evacuation map found by the door of in each dorm
  • Maintain acceptable standards of behavior – while we will help, however, you have the final responsibility in disciplining your students
  • Ensure that students bring their lunch on the first day of their stay
  • Ensure that no peanut or nut products are brought to ANSC. Due to the large number of nut allergies, we request that you refrain from bringing/serving foods that contain nuts or traces of nuts
  • Check that you have brought the necessary equipment, supplies, etc. for your program as requested
  • Enforce lights out
  • Conduct night supervision. Our staff returns to their families in the evening. The supervision of students after evening program, until 9:00am (or other time outlined in the program proposal) is your responsibility
  • Wake participants each morning 
  • Supervise during free time periods
  • Accompany instructors during day and evening programs and to assist in student management
  • Supervise at mealtimes and to be responsible for supervising both the set-up and after meal clean-up
  • Ensure that dishes have been done properly and pots, dishes, cutlery have been returned to their proper location
  • Ensure no food or snacks are stored or consumed in the dorms
  • On the day you are leaving collect up all belongings before breakfast and store near in the sheltered area near the cafeteria
  • Turn off lights and heat, close windows and doors


ADULT SUPERVISORS' RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Enforce lights-out and wake-up times
  • Supervise cabins at night
  • Supervise during free time periods
  • Accompany instructors during day and evening programs and to assist in student management
  • Supervise at mealtimes and to be responsible for supervising both the set-up and after meal clean-up
  • Ensure that dishes have been done properly and pots, dishes, cutlery have been returned to their proper location, see signs on cupboards in the kitchen
  • Ensure no food or snacks are stored or consumed in the dorms


STUDENTS' RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Respect and abide by the ANSC’s rules as outlined
  • Fully participate in our programs and demonstrate a willingness to learn