The safety of our children is of paramount importance to all of us and while the majority of parents and carers display great care when dropping off and picking up students to and from school, there is an increasing number of drivers engaging in dangerous driving behaviours, causing great concern to many members of our school community- some of which have been reported. There are some important rules that must be followed to ensure our students are kept safe at all times. I thank you in advance for your support with this incredibly important issue. Our local police and council rangers will also be actively supporting us with extra patrols during peak times and will enforce the NSW Road Rules. I have attached for your reference a complete list of school zone offences, including demerit points and fines.
*Slow down- School opening and closing hours are busy times for pedestrian and vehicular traffic outside the school. Always take extra care in 40km/h school zones, which operate on gazetted school days.
*Park safely- We’re all busy with places to be and things to do but please park safely even if it means walking further to the school gate. Observe all parking signs. They are planned with children’s safety in mind. NEVER Double Park as it puts children at risk.
*Model safe and considerate behaviour for your child – they will learn from you.
*Have respect for the Kiss and Drop procedures and don’t overstay the 2 minute maximum. A school’s kiss and drop facility is designed for your convenience and will help keep all children as safe as possible during the busiest times of the school day. Designed for quick entry and exit, these zones minimise congestion and risk when used properly by all parents and carers.
*Slow down near the school crossing. At a supervised crossing, observe the directions of the school crossing supervisor.
*Always park and turn legally around the school. Avoid dangerous manoeuvres such as U-turns and three-point turns.
*Always give way to pedestrians particularly when entering and leaving driveways.
*Avoid parking across the school driveway or the entrance to the school car park.
*Avoid parking in or near the school bus bay.
Please observe the road rules at all times. Being in a hurry, distracted or inconvenienced from having to park a short distance from the school for pick up is never an excuse to do the wrong thing or put our children’s safety at risk! They are far too precious to all of us!