Thursday, February 22, 2018
REVISED Traffic Flow Procedures at Ferndale Woods Elementary School – Effective Monday February 26, 2018
In consultation with the Transportation Consortium and our Superintendent, a revised plan to maximize safety in our Kiss and Ride and bus loading zones will take effect on Monday February 26, 2018. We require your complete co-operation to ensure the safety of students, staff, parents and visitors. Please review these procedures in detail and share this plan with care providers, grandparents or others involved in arrival/departure to and from school.
Parents/Guardians are encouraged to walk their children to school whenever possible. If it is necessary to drive, it is highly recommended that you park in the parking lot at the city park or park on the side streets adjacent to the school, where legal parking spaces exist. Please monitor the catwalk and city park in the winter as these areas are not maintained by the city in the winter.
Please be reminded that supervision at Ferndale occurs between 8:55 and 9:10. There should be no students coming to school or dropped off before that time.
Kiss and Ride Morning Routine:
- Parents pull up to one of the three RED pylons one car at a time after 8:55 using the curb lane (purple) on the school side. Do not drive onto the curb (blue).
- Students disembark on the passenger side ONLY.
- If needed, blue vest staff will escort Kindergarten students to the supervised Kindergarten yard.
- Yellow vest staff will assist as needed.
- Parents can pull into the outside merge lane once they reach the green pylon.
- No car should ever be driving in the outside (green lane) at any time nor should any car be put in reverse while in the Kiss and Ride area.
Pedestrian Morning/Afternoon Routine:
- Students/parents/guardians enter/exit school property using the sidewalk at the north or south entry/exit points. No one is permitted to walk across the parking lot or across the bus loading zone at the front of the school.
- Students who enter/exit via the sidewalk at the south entry point are asked to follow the sidewalk as it runs next to the school building to avoid walking next to the buses.
Kiss and Ride Afternoon Routine:
- The entrance will be blocked until all buses have arrived by 3:30. There will be no vehicle movement until after 3:40 as the buses will be doubled up in the bus loading zone and the orange pylons will be blocking the crosswalk. Currently, no buses leave until 3:40. By having all the buses leave at once, it will mean that cars flow more smoothly through this area once the buses have departed. Please do not arrive early. Please never leave your car unattended as this is a Kiss and Ride. You will impede the bus procedures and will be not be able to move your vehicle.
- Parents may use the curb lane (purple) to pick up their students at one of the three RED pylons only one car at a time beginning at 3:40 once the buses have departed. Never leave your vehicle unattended.
- Parents can pull into the outside (green) lane once they reach the green pylon and the orange pylons have been removed from the crosswalk beginning at 3:40.
- If special arrangements have been made with the K team, blue vests will escort kindergarten students to the Kiss and Ride to meet their parents at the RED pylons.
- No car should ever be driving in the outside (green) lane at any time nor should any car be put in reverse while in the Kiss and Ride area.
Private providers such as Little Start, Bulldog, Champs, Black Belt, etc. are required to follow the same routines as parents/guardians.
AT NO TIME SHOULD THERE EVER BE VEHICLES IN THE OUTSIDE FLOW LANE. THIS IS FOR BUSES AND EMERGENCY VEHICLES ONLY. ACCORDING TO BYLAW THERE MUST ALWAYS BE AN AVAILABLE LANE FOR EMERGENCY VEHICLES.
If you need to pick your child up early, please be aware that there will be no cars entering or exiting the lot between 3:10 and 3:40.
If there is unsafe activity in the Kiss and Ride area, the area will be closed as is the case in other facilities.
Thank you for your diligence and support in keeping our students safe.