A crossing guard is provided at Eighth Avenue and 17th Street as well as behind the school on Hamilton Street. Students are expected to obey their direction and, of course, we hope parents will lead by example. Please remember to use the crosswalk. Drivers are also asked to heed the lower speed zone and respect crossing guards who are helping students to cross. We kindly request that parents adhere to the parking signage at the front of the school and that they refrain from parking/dropping off students in the staff parking lot at the back of the school.
Be A Safe Pedestrian
Many students walk to and from school. It’s important they understand safety practices for walking are just as important as those for riding on a bus or in a car. Students can follow some simple road safety guidelines to prevent pedestrian injuries:
Tips for safe walking
- Always cross streets at corners where there are traffic signals and designated crosswalks.
- Make eye contact with drivers before crossing on front of them.
- Always walk on sidewalks. Walk facing traffic if there are no sidewalks.
- Be aware of cars that are turning or backing up.
- Never run out into the street or cross between parked cars.
- Don’t text and walk. Keep your smartphone in your pocket or bag while walking.
- Younger children should walk to school with a buddy.
ICBC Road safety for your kids
Teach your child to be a safe pedestrian. It’s never too early to teach your child to be street smart. All it takes is a little time— time to prepare, plan and teach your child how to be safe on the road.
Make learning fun for young children
Practice makes perfect. For young children, learning should be fun and interactive. Here are some ideas to help your child develop safe habits:
- Map it out. Plan your child’s walking route, review street names and landmarks while walking together.
- Quiz your child on traffic signs whenever using marked crosswalks, crossing lights and intersections.
- Create a game to encourage your child to follow your footsteps.
Set a good example
Get back to the basics with these simple safety tips.
- Look left-right-left and shoulder check before crossing. Make eye contact with drivers and keep looking for approaching vehicles while crossing.
- Listen. Remove your headphones so you can hear approaching traffic that may be hard to see.
- Be seen. Wear reflective materials or bright clothes and use lights after dark.
- Walk on the inside edge of the sidewalk away from the road. If there’s no sidewalk – walk facing oncoming traffic, so you can see approaching vehicles.
- Always use crosswalks and follow the pedestrian signals.
Be a good role model for your child when you’re driving in school and playground areas.
- Watch your speed. A 30km/h speed limit is in effect in school zones from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. when school’s in session and in playground areas from dawn until dusk, unless otherwise posted.
- Be patient. Drop off your child close to the sidewalk. Don’t let them dash from the middle of the road.
- Know the law. Always yield to pedestrians and stop for school buses when their lights are flashing.