Police Remind Residents of the Importance of School Safety

Posted on Tuesday August 28, 2018

Waterloo Region, Ontario –  Waterloo Regional Police want to remind the community to make safety a top priority as kids and students head back to the classroom.  

Elementary and high school students, as well as teachers, will start a new academic year on September 4, 2018, and all drivers are reminded to watch out for children walking and biking to school. Drivers are also reminded of their obligation to stop in both directions for school buses when they see overhead red warning signals and a flashing stop sign.

Parents and caregivers are encouraged to promote safety with their children and remind them to stay alert while on the school bus and while walking or biking. They are also encouraged to:

  • Plan a safe route to and from school
  • Cross at designated crosswalks with the walk signal
  • Stop in both directions for a school bus with lights flashing
  • Establish a plan for school pickup by family or friends

This year, Waterloo Regional Police are encouraging parents and children to once again take part in our “Walk the Chalk” event. Take time on the days leading up to September 4 to go outside and write safety messages along your school route with chalk for students to read as they walk to school on the first day.

Project Safe Semester - Waterloo Regional Police is once again taking part in Project Safe Semester, a campaign that promotes the safety and well-being of University and College students. The campaign will run until September 30, 2018 and will include a Door Knocker campaign in the neighbourhoods surrounding the Universities. The campaign is done in collaboration with Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Waterloo campus police, Conestoga College, City of Waterloo By-law and the Waterloo Fire Department to ensure the safety and security of all community members.

“Our officers will be out monitoring public disorder incidents and discouraging unlawful and unsafe behaviour while encouraging respect for the community and its members,” said Bryan Larkin, Chief of Police. “We want to ensure everyone has an enjoyable beginning to their school year, but that they do it in a safe and respectful way.”

Post-Secondary students are encouraged to:

  • Lock their doors
  • Don’t let anyone into a building that they don’t know
  • Walk in groups whenever possible
  • Cross roads at designated locations in accordance with traffic signals
  • If consuming alcohol, drink responsibly and plan ahead to ensure your safe arrival and return

The Waterloo Regional Police Service is dedicated to ensuring the safety of all children. Together with parents, caregivers and our community partners, we can help make safety a top priority throughout the school year.

Media Inquiries:

Cherri Greeno

Media Relations Coordinator

Executive Branch

Waterloo Regional Police Service

519-570-9777 (WRPS) ext. 8773

cherri.greeno@wrps.on.ca

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