As Students Head Back to the Classroom, WRPS Issue's a School Safety Reminder

Media Release

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

Elementary and high school students, as well as teachers, will start a new academic year on September 3, 2019, and all drivers are reminded to watch out for children walking and biking to school. Drivers are also reminded 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

As part of its annual Walk the Chalk event, Waterloo Regional Police are once again encouraging parents and children to take time on the days leading up to September 3, 2019 to go outside and write safety messages along school routes with chalk. The intent is for students to read these messages as they walk to school on the first day and help encourage safe walking and biking. We are also encouraging parents, caregivers and children to take in our Safety Ambassador Campaign by sending us a drawing or video of their back-to-school safety message.

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, 2019, to help ensure the safety and security of all community members.

Post-Secondary students are encouraged to:

  • Lock their doors and secure their property
  • 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
  • Report any suspicious activity or individuals to police immediately.

In addition, officers along with members of Traffic Service’s Unit will be conducting enforcement, targeting high risk driving behaviours, which impact the safety of children, cyclists, and pedestrians in school zones throughout Waterloo Region. Motorists are reminded to slow down, pay attention and watch for pedestrians crossing at crosswalks.

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

Constable Andre Johnson
Public Information Officer, Executive Branch
Waterloo Regional Police Service
519-570-9777 (WRPS) ext. 8106
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