Back to School

September  4th marks the return to school for children  in Central Saanich and the Greater Victoria Area.  This means school buses will be highly visible on our streets.  School bus safety and safe driving habits need to be on the minds of everyone, from drivers, parents, caregivers, crossing guards and bus operators as the school year commences.

Take a moment to remind yourselves that children are out on the roads and sidewalks.  We have a responsibility to drive safely to ensure everyone’s return to school is as safe as possible. Remember, allow extra time for getting around, especially in the morning and during the afternoon rush.

School Zones in Central Saanich are 30km/hr during the school day, 8am-5pm.

Here are a few other back to school reminders

–Plan a walking route to school and the school bus stop. Choose the most direct way, with the fewest street crossings, and if possible, use intersections that have school crossing guards.

–Teach children to arrive at the bus stop early, stay out of the street and wait for the bus to come to a complete stop. Remind them to watch for cars and avoid a driver’s blind spot.

–Walk the route with your child before school starts. Tell him or her to stay away from parks, vacant lots, fields and other places where there aren’t many people around.

–Teach your child never to talk to strangers, or accept rides or gifts from strangers.  Remember, a stranger is anyone you or your children don’t know well or don’t trust.

–Be sure that your child walks to and from school with a sibling, friend or neighbor.

–Teach your kids to obey all traffic signals, signs and traffic officers, whether they’re walking, biking or riding the bus to school. Remind them to be extra careful in bad weather.

–When driving kids to school, drop them off and pick them up in areas designated by the school. Each school has sent out drop-off and pick-up instructions. Please follow them.

 

Let’s get off on the right foot for school this year,

 

Cpl. Pat Bryant

Youth Resource Officer

Central Saanich Police Service

1903 Mount Newton Cross Road,  Saanichton, B.C.

V8M 2A9  

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