Category Archives: Health and Safety

Best practices for our School Parking Lot

Before and after school are always busy times of the day at schools. We anticipate that our school parking lot will also be quite busy. As we begin our work together, safety for everyone is very important. For your convenience, we have set up a map of our grounds to help you and your family plan accordingly:

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We encourage all of our families to walk to our school. We are fortunate to have a beautiful town with many great walkways and trails for families to use. Walking to school also promotes healthy living for our students.

To help us establish best practices at our opening, here are some guidelines for our parking lot if you do plan to drive to our school:

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  • Parents and guardians may park in the parking lot located on the east side of our school.
  • Our School has a Kiss and Ride lane available that is marked.
  • The Kiss and Ride allows you to drop your child off in the morning and then drive away.
  • Please drive slowly and safely through the Kiss and Ride areas.
  • There are two lanes beside the Kiss and Ride that are for traffic to flow through to the parking lot itself. Please do not let your child exit your vehicle in these lanes.

noparkingYou will notice that the Kiss and Ride area is signed “No Parking”. In consultation with our fire department, this has been designated as a fire zone. Therefore, there cannot be any parking in our Kiss and Ride, or car loop, at any time. Our community bylaw officers will also enforce these no parking zones as per the municipality’s bylaw policies.

If you want to walk your child to the entry areas you must park your car in the parking lot spots.

It is also very important that you do not park, or stop for extended amounts of time, in the kiss and ride area as this will cause a backlog of vehicles.

accessibleShould you require a wheelchair accessible spot, you may use one of the two spaces nearest our main entry door.

busloopOur school also has a designated bus loop at the front of our school.

  • No cars may enter the bus loop area.
  • We are expected to have a large number of buses and so it is important that the entry and exit to the loop is not blocked at any time.

Some other general reminders:

  • If you are using the kiss and ride area please pull up slowly, allow your child to exit your car and then drive away slowly.
  • Supervision begins at 7:55 a.m. at our school in the Kindergarten areas, bus loop and main yard. We strongly recommend dropping your child off ahead of the 8:05 a.m. entry bell between 7:55 a.m. and 8:05 a.m. This also helps balance the amount of traffic in our parking lot.
  • Allow yourself adequate time in the morning and afternoon to drop off and pick up your child.

We appreciate everyone’s support in keeping our streets, walkways and school ground safe.

Mr. Collins

Pets on our property

dogTo our families,

We appreciate that many families enjoy walking their dogs to school each day as part of their family routine. As a K-3 school we do have many children who are fearful of animals. We also have students, staff and community members who are allergic to animals.  Unfortunately, we have also had soiling of our yard and FDK play area due to pets. Given possible allergies and safety concerns (ex. biting) we ask that you not bring pets onto our property.

We appreciate the community’s support with this matter for the health and safety of everyone.

Sincerely,

Greg Collins

Principal

Morning drop off routines

To our community,

We thank everyone for supporting our morning entry routines at our school. Now that our first week has concluded, we further appreciate everyone’s support with the following:

  • If you walk your child to school please ensure you drop your child off at their entry door. We ask parents to not enter the school with your child. The reason for this is that as per our board’s Safe Welcoming Program, any visitor to our school must sign in at our school office.
  • If your child is in Kindergarten please drop them off at the gates in the FDK yard. We ask parents and guardians not to enter the Kindergarten area to support our staff’s overall supervision. In the morning, we have both our school staff and Before and After Care staff in the K yard.
  • Should you need to speak with one of our staff, please feel free to leave a note in your child’s agenda, leave a voice mail message for the staff member or let our office know if the information requires immediate attention. Should you need to come into the school (ex. you are volunteering for a class trip), please drop off your child at their entry area and then sign in at our office.
  • If you are driving your child to school, please drop them off at the Kiss and Ride area. We have a Lunch Assistant on duty each morning to assist with this drop off area. Please do not park in the Kiss and Ride or allow your care to idle for extended periods of time.

We understand the mornings, in particular, are a busy time for our school community and appreciate everyone’s support.

Mr. Collins