Register now for Take Our Kids to Work day

This year’s Take Our Kids to Work program will take place Wednesday, Nov. 4, and York would like to continue to encourage Grade 9 students to become familiar with their parents’ work environment and consider York as their university of choice.

Faculty and staff who would like to bring a Grade 9 student to York must complete, sign and return the Permission and Release, Waiver & Indemnification forms by Oct. 30 to York’s Insurance & Risk Management Services, Finance Department, Suite B, East Office Building (EOB).

To enhance the basic program of having students shadowing their parents at work, York has organized the following additional activities for the students. If you would like the student to participate in any of these activities, please complete the Registration form and send it by campus mail to Marian Hissa, Department of Human Resources & Employee Relations, Suite A, EOB, or by e-mail to

Additional activities

10:15am to noon: Admissions Office Orientation and Campus Tour, Senate Chamber, N940 Ross Building

  • Open to first 70 students registered.
  • Session will start at 10:30am sharp – come a bit early but please don’t be late.

Representatives from the Admissions Office will discuss the kind of work that is done in the admissions area and briefly talk about university study and the programs offered at York. A tour of the Keele campus will then be conducted at 11am. Students will have the opportunity to visit different buildings on campus and to observe the activities that take place in each building. The tour’s final destination is the Atkinson cafeteria, Michelangelo’s.

Parents are expected to drop off students at the Senate Chamber, N940 Ross Building, for this one-hour-and-45-minute supervised activity and then join them for lunch in Michelangelo’s, 024 Atkinson College, at noon. 

Noon to 1pm: Lunch at Michelangelo’s

The Office of the Vice-President Finance & Administration is sponsoring a free lunch of pizza, salad and soft drinks. Monitors supervise the students during the lunch period, however, parents are expected to join and remain with the students for lunch. The pizza lunch is open to the first 140 registrants.

Please note:

  • If students are participating in the activities, parents are responsible for coordinating drop-off and pick-up from the activities (i.e. students are not to tour or roam between activities without adult supervision).
  • Students will not be permitted to leave the lunch area without a parent or designate.
  • These activities are available on a first-come, first-served basis to all employee groups and the students they are sponsoring.

Security, Health & Safety

There are some areas of the campus such as workshops and scientific labs where operational risk factors may make it problematic to accommodate a Grade 9 student in the workplace. If you work in this type of environment, consult the dean, executive officer or senior manager in your Faculty or department. Organizers will try to find an alternate supervised York worksite. To arrange an alternate worksite, contact Marian Hissa, Department of Human Resources & Employee Relations, at ext. 22246 or at

All employees bringing children to participate in the Take Our Kids to Work program are reminded that the safety rules of the workplace apply to the students and, accordingly, each child should be instructed by the respective parent, guardian or adult.

The Take Our Kids to Work program was implemented by The Learning Partnership in 1994. Its mission is to continue to nurture the partnership among schools, businesses and communities devoted to strengthening our publicly funded school systems; to encourage caring adults to share their ideas, talents and resources with students; and to create learning opportunities that young people will find challenging and exciting.

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