Here are some tips, from the City of Edmonton website, for organizing safe and fun ways to walk to school in your community:
Map Safe Routes to School
Get students to mark their designated route to school on a neighbourhood map.
Assign Walking Buddies
Peers in the same neighbourhood arrange to walk to school together. Older students can partner with younger students, to model and promote safety.
Organize a Walking School Bus
Young students can walk to school in a group along a designated route under the supervision of an adult volunteer.
If parents choose to drop off students, we ask that they use one of several drop off areas near our school. These include:
The south side of 162 avenue
The west side of 55 street
The east side of 54B street
The corner of 54 street and 159 avenue (by the Hollick-Kenyon Park sign - students would walk across the school field)
The drop off zone in front of the school will still be available but we ask parents to use this only as a last resort. This will reduce the traffic congestion at the front of our school and also decrease safety concerns.
When dropping off students for school or picking them up at the end of the day, parents are asked to obey the parking and bus zone signs. If using the student drop off zone in front of the school, parents are asked to follow the directions of school staff and/or parent traffic volunteers and to move along quickly so as to free up the area for other parents and students. NO PARKING is allowed in the school’s drop off zone. Student safety is enhanced when patience is exercised and proper practices are followed.
Parents are not allowed to use the staff parking lot when dropping off students.
Limited visitor parking is available along the north side of the school building. Visitors to the school may also park on one of the side streets.