After an extended teachers’ strike/lockout, students, teachers and administrators and staff are excited about getting back to school.
School District #27 (SD27) superintendent Mark Thiessen says the schools are vibrating with high energy and excitement.
The strike/lockout saw schools shut down two weeks early in June and start three weeks late in September.
Obviously, students of all ages are keen about going back to school to see their friends, meet their new teachers, or embark on a new chapter of their lives.
As of Sept. 23, school in SD27 is back in session on a full-time basis.
That means we have to be careful to make sure students get to and from school safely.
As motorists, we have to drive extra cautiously because it’s our vehicles that do the damage if there’s an incident.
This includes parents dropping off and picking up their children.
We have to remember the maximum speed limit in a school zone is 30 kilometres per hour (km/h).
It’s advisable to slow down a bit more if there are a lot of children on the sidewalks, especially near crosswalks and intersections.
The 30 km/h speed limit in the school zones is exactly the same speed limit for all roads in the District of 100 Mile House. The exceptions are 50 km/h speed limits on Horse Lake and Exeter roads and Highway 97.
The 30 km/h speed limit posted in school zones is in effect from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and we should always stop for pedestrians – it’s the law.
Furthermore, vehicles approaching from both directions must stop for school buses when their lights are flashing.
If a vehicle is stopped in front of us, it may have yielded for a pedestrian, so we have to be prepared to stop, too.
When we’re dropping children off in school zones, we should stop and allow them to exit the vehicle from the door closest to the sidewalk, and never allow children to cross mid-block.
Students also need to be safety wise and road wary to avoid accidents.
They must not be distracted when they are going to and from school, especially when they are walking through intersections and crosswalks. Older students need to stop texting and remove headphones or ear buds when crossing the street.
They should not jaywalk, as it is both dangerous and it also sets a bad example for younger children.
As parents, we need to teach our children to look both ways and make eye contact with a motorist before crossing the road.
Families should discuss these safety rules and make sure they are followed daily.
Let’s make sure everyone gets to school and back home again safely.