Parking Lot: Best practices

As previously communicated, we appreciate everyone’s support with our school parking lot. Like most schools, our parking lot is very busy at entry and dismissal times.   With winter ahead, and a likely increase in students being dropped off and picked up, we are looking to review procedures in the interest of safety.  Our foremost goal is safety for all students, staff and community members, and we need your help.

In the interest of improved traffic flow during drop off and pick up, we would ask for your continued support with current procedures:

  • All drivers drive with particular care in and around the school. We share a common interest in providing a safe environment for our almost 370 students and we ask that all drivers approach the school patiently, with consideration for pedestrian traffic, and other drivers.
  • When dropping off a child (or children), drivers are asked to pull into the furthest available curbside spot and take care when merging back into the inner driving lane. No student should be dropped off from the inner driving lane and subsequently walk between vehicles.
  • At no time should a vehicle be left unattended or otherwise parked in the Kiss and Ride as parking is not permitted in the Kiss and Ride as it is designated fire route. The Town ByLaw officer has enforced this bylaw in the past.
  • Parents are to pull away from the Kiss and Ride as quickly and as safely as possible. Please do not use this time to socialize with other parents or staff.
  • Parents are not permitted to use the bus loop at the front of the school to drop off or pick up their children. This is a designated Fire Route and is permitted to accommodate only school buses.
  • At pick up if you do not see your child (or children), drivers are asked to continue to circle the Kiss and Ride, as needed. Drivers should not stop anywhere in the driving lane to pick up their child, rather continue around the Kiss and Ride and pull up curbside only when they see their child.

We would ask, most of all, for your cooperation in supporting our traffic plan, and we appreciate your patience in dropping off and picking up your children.  We thank you for your support in helping to improve drop off and pick up times at the school, and we would encourage you to review these procedures with your children.  As always, we remind parents that walking to school is the best way to alleviate traffic congestion and both an environmentally friendly alternative to driving as well as a healthy choice.

Our thanks for your support.

School bus and taxi cancellation information for this year

We have been asked to share this information from Student Transportation Services:

To ensure the safety of students, school bus service may be cancelled due to inclement weather, extreme temperatures and/or poor road conditions.  In these cases, parents and students should develop alternate care/transportation arrangements.

Cancellation decisions will only be made after thorough consultation with the Safety Officers of school bus companies servicing York Region and are based on several factors including precipitation, air temperature, road conditions and weather forecast.

Please note the following;

  • A decision to cancel school bus service will be region-wide meaning all school buses, vans and taxis will not operate.
  • School bus routes may be cancelled when severe weather may not be affecting all municipalities in York Region.  Both the YRDSB and YCDSB operate many regional educational programs.  Students attending these programs are transported over large attendance areas encompassing several municipal boundaries.  This limits the ability to cancel bus service using a municipality or zone methodology.
  • When bus service is cancelled all school tests and/or examinations will be cancelled and rescheduled.
  • Student trips involving the use of school buses will also be cancelled.
  • Unless otherwise stated, schools will remain open and parents can make arrangements to transport their children to and from school even if school bus service is cancelled.  If buses are cancelled in the morning, they will not operate in the afternoon. Therefore students transported to school by parents will require the same transportation home.

Parents, students and school staff are asked to access the following radio and television stations after 6:00 a.m. to receive bus cancellation information:

RADIO

590 AM           640 AM           680 AM           860 AM           1010 AM         1050 AM

1540 AM         1580 AM         88.5 FM          89.9 FM          92.5 FM          93.1 FM

94.9 FM          95.9 FM          97.3 FM          98.1 FM          99.1 FM          99.9 FM

101.1 FM        102.1 FM        104.5 FM        100.7 FM        105.9               107.1 FM

 TELEVISION

CITY TV     CTV Barrie     CTV Toronto     CP24     GLOBAL NEWS

A bus cancellation message will also be available at www.schoolbuscity.com and by calling 1-877-330-3001, or by following @YRDSB and @YCDSB on twitter.

EDSBY sign up is now live

To our community,

The Edsby interview schedules for Year 2(SK) and grades 1-3 students is now live. A reminder that Year 1 (JK) observation meetings are to be booked separately as per the previous communication sent home. If you have not yet registered for Edsby you still can. I

Unless you hear back from our staff, the time you select is confirmed in the system. You can easily refer back to the system in case you forget your time.

We look forward to seeing how this new program supports with the scheduling of our family/staff interviews. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Mr. Collins