In addition to the APA’s great work on fundraising events (Lip Sync on Feb 23/24 ), spending initiatives, after school programs and speaker series (Children’s Anxiety on March 6th), some very important work on traffic and student safety is also happening. Recently, we formed a Safety Task Force whose role it will be to identify potential external safety issues that the Allenby community might encounter when arriving and departing school and to develop and implement solutions to combat these issues. The Task Force includes parents, a teacher representative and school administration.
We are hoping to make some very impactful changes and we are focusing on a number of safety issues around the school. A complete list of initiatives is detailed in the minutes from the last meeting of the group.
In terms of morning drop off, we will be piloting a new “Drop Zone” (formerly known as Kiss and Ride) on St.Clements Avenue in the coming weeks. We have observed that many families are already using St. Clements as an informal Drop Zone in the morning and we would like to assist in helping students get out of cars and into the school yard safely and efficiently. The addition of a St. Clements Drop Zone (Castlefield will continue to operate as well) will involve:
- Proposed sign changes to disallow parking on St.Clements from 8:30am to 9:30am from the east end of the accessible parking area to the intersection of Avenue Road and St. Clements. A letter was submitted to Councillor Carmichael Greb requesting her help in implementing these proposed sign changes.
- A request to all parents from Grade 1 to Grade 6 classes to help on rotating weekly basis with our two Drop Zones. Weekly volunteers, or Traffic Monitors, will not only help with Drop Zone duties, but will also have their turn at being leaders in safety awareness, traffic control and monitoring.
We hope that all classes participate enthusiastically when it is their turn to help make a difference in the safety and well being of all of our children.
If you have any questions or concerns about any of the proposed initiatives or safety in general, please don’t hesitate to contact me.