Just a reminder, on Tuesday September 5, students from around the Slave Lake region will be heading back to school. With their favorite outfit picked out and some shiny new school supplies there will be a rush in many households to get kids to school on time.
Excitement to see friends, and meet new teachers will mean that safety won’t be top of mind for parents and motorists heading to work or driving their children to school. The Town of Slave Lake just wants to remind everyone to leave early and give yourself lots of time. Drive a little slower, in school zones, and be very attentive to children running across the road and bolting out from behind parked cars. School zones will be crazy busy with kids being dropped off, and school bus traffic, so if you don’t need to be in a school zone, please stay out of it!
One of the most difficult areas for the month of September will be in front of CJ Schurter School, along 6th Ave. N.E. High Prairie School Division is investing in additional parking and expanding their parking lot on the east side of the building (the one shared with the Legacy Centre).
The construction will continue until the end of the month, so this means that there will more activity along the road than in previous years. With half the entrance missing into the east side parking lot, some changes will need to be made.
The first will be at the construction area itself. Parents who are dropping their children off at Daycare should be aware that access to the Legacy Centre Parking lot will be only accessible off of Caribou Trail. Parents will need to exit will be allowed at both the North and south entrance. to the facility.
What does this mean? If you try turning into the Legacy Centre parking lot off 6 Ave NE, you will be turned away as the entrance is not wide enough for two way traffic.
The other significant change will be in front of CJ Schurter itself. In partnership between the Town of Slave Lake Bylaw, RCMP and HPSD parking will temporarily be allowed on the south side of 6 Ave NE. This means that typically parking on the Vanderwell Lodge side is normally not allowed, but it will be temporarily during construction period. Once construction is done residents and motorists will not be permitted to park along that side of the street.
We ask parents to make sure when their children are getting out of their vehicle to exit OPPOSITE of the street side. Please step onto the grass not the pavement. Walk down to the crosswalk and cross safely. If you are walking your children to school please park further away to make the area in front of the school more ideal for drop off only.
Even with these changes, this will be a frustrating process in September. Remember to leave early, be patient and be attentive.
Lastly I will remind parents to not turn across traffic. There was a huge issue in many of the school zones last year where parents turned across traffic because it made it easier to park. Not only is this illegal, it is a huge safety concern. RCMP and Town Bylaw will have zero tolerance and tickets will be issued.
The seconds it may save you could get really expensive so I urge people to use common sense. Remember to be aware of flashing lights on school busses, and do not pass buses that have the red and amber lights flashing, as kids are getting on and off buses.
Slow down, be attentive and remember that safety is your responsibility.
I want to thank everyone for being responsible and kids head back to school this year!