Safe school travel
There are a variety of transport options for children to commute to and from our school. Encouraging more children to walk or ride to school will help to reduce congestion and increase safety around our school. It is also one of the most time efficient ways for children to receive the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity every day.
Children should be directed by parents to use the school crossing when approaching and leaving the school.
Before and after school
School staff are not responsible for children onsite outside of school hours. There is skeleton staff supervision from 8:45am. Children are not arrive to before then. Children are expected to be off site by 3:10pm.
2021 Carpark Procedures
Thank you for working with us to address the congestion and flow of traffic through the carpark during peak times. With an increased number of staff on active duty in the carpark educating families and enforcing expectations along with the presence of AFP and rangers, we are now experiencing far less congestion.
We thank you for your feedback and the families who indicated a desire to be part of a pick up and drop off procedure. At this stage, we have determined the following strategy will be put in to place. The success of the strategy will be re-evaluated at the end of the term and any modifications made as required and shared with the community. The strategy will be in place from Monday Week 3.
- Both pick up/set down spaces will be marked with cones and drivers will pull in at the entrance of the coned area if and when they are able to see their child.
- Organise an agreed pick up point with your child and discuss this regularly until your child consistently remembers. Children waiting out the front will be directed to sit on the brick walls ready for collection
- Follow the signage and expectations of the carpark, ensuring you turn left out of the carpark upon exiting
- Keep the traffic flowing. If you approach and cannot see your child waiting, keep driving
- Bee kind at all times!
- Actively monitor disabled parking spots
- Actively monitor carpark and move cars on that are stationary or illegally parked
- Actively supervise the children waiting out the front of the school
- Support drivers to move through the pick up/set down lanes which will be marked by banners and cones
- Connect with the community
- Move promptly from the learning neighbourhood to the pick up point agreed with family
- Be seated on the brick wall if being picked up at the pick up/set down lanes
- Watch out for family vehicle arriving. When car pulls in the pick up lane, walk to the head of the line ready to hop in the car and head off
Parking and traffic management guidelines
Managing traffic and road safety at schools is a matter for everyone in the community. Children are more at risk in road environments around schools because they are smaller and less visible to drivers. Their behaviour can be less predictable than adults and they may have errors of judgement when dealing with traffic.
School environments are often congested during the peak times, because roads and carparks aren’t built to meet the high demand and struggle to cope over a short timeframe. The school community can help to reduce congestion and improve safety for children by walking or riding to school. If you need to drive, consider part way drop off or collection points or follow these traffic management guidelines to ensure children remain safe.
More information is available on the Transport Canberra website, including a range of educational resources for school communities to promote active and safe behaviours around schools.
- Please drive slowly and be patient and courteous to others when visiting the school, including school staff.
- Motorists should always park legally. There is parking available on the streets and carparks around the school.
- Illegal parking reduces visibility of children and creates a potential safety risk. Police, Parking Operations and a Licence Plate Recognition vehicle undertake periodic patrols in school environments to enforce safe behaviours.
- Motorists should never park in the pick-up and set down zone within the school carpark. Please only use this area to drop off or collect children.
- Motorists should never double park to collect children, it creates an unnecessary safety risk to children and reduces traffic flow.
- Always drive very slowly through the carpark (10km/h) and be alert for children.
- Stopping or driving on the verge is dangerous for children, who shouldn’t be required to navigate cars in these areas.
Useful tips and resources
- Walking and riding to school is a safe, fun and healthy form of travel and is encouraged and supported by the school.
- Arrange an alternative meeting point with your child/ren to avoid the congestion within the school carpark, which might be a five to ten-minute walk from the school.
- If you plan to use the pick-up zone after school, arrive after 3pm when the children are ready to be collected.
- Carpooling, public transport and active travel are all encouraged forms of transport.
Illegal driving practices
By following these suggestions, parents will create a safer environment for children and avoid incurring fines which include:
- Parking on the verge (fines from $123)
- Parking on footpaths (fines from $123)
- Stopping in a No Stopping zone (fines from $276)
- Parking in a No Parking zone (fines from $123)
- Stopping on a pedestrian or children’s crossing (fines from $405)
- Parking in a Bus Zone (fines from $162)
- Parking in a mobility (disabled) space (fines from $615)