Good morning,

I know that I have shared the drop off procedures numerous times and have sent home maps and letters, but unfortunately some families continue to ignore the rules and I am deeply concerned that someone will get hurt.

This morning a member from the Community Centre was yelled at by a parent from St. Daniel about not stopping for them to have their children cross the road to Midland. There should be NO child crossing Midland. The drop off on Midland, that was approved by the City,  is on the school side. This has been communicated clearly. I have staff there to support and a lime green turtle with a large red flag, showing where the safe drop off. We have had bylaw officers present and ticketing families as well, who are choosing not to follow the rules. Please DO NOT have your students cross Midland, it is NOT SAFE. Cars will continue to drive by, because they are allowed to do so, thus putting your son/daughter at risk of being hit by a car.

We have the option of NOT allowing any drop off or pick up spots, but I know this is not the best thing for our community. In order to have safe drop off and pick up, we need to have EVERYONE following the procedures whether it is cold, rainy or sunny.  These procedures were created with City parking personnel and reviewed by staff, and Board office personnel. It works if and when our families are following the procedures. I have offered for comments and suggestions from our parent community, and received no feedback for changes.  So I am asking, please follow the rules as laid out.

Once again, I am reminding you all to either drop your students off and pick them up in the large church parking lot and having them walk to the yard OR drop off on the school side of Midland at the designated spot.  Those are the two spots that are safe and approved drop off points. Your students can also walk with umbrellas and appropriate dress, which is encouraged by the Waterloo Region Police and would be great for our students and would lead to fewer cars and unsafe situations. It is safe if people follow the rules. Please ask yourself why you continue to not follow the safe procedures for our children.

Please take a few extra minutes to make these procedures work for your family and keep everyone safe. DO NOT stop on the driveway that runs from Franklin to Midland…this is not a designated stopping area and bylaw is ticketing families who stop there. Buses need to be able to stop there safely and students riding the buses, should be able to get off the buses without worry of a car driving through. Also, families who park at the church, where they are supposed to, should also be able to walk safely to the school yard.

Thanks for following these rules and reminding your children of the option to walk safely to school.

Please share this important information with your neighbours and any parents you see not following the rules. We need this to be a team effort to keep our students safe.

Take care.