We are really excited to have nice weather upon us and to see so many kids out being active throughout the day. The bike racks are filling up with bikes and scooters and many students are walking home for lunch. It’s a great time of year!
There are a few safety concerns that come with this transition to spring. First, we would like to remind everyone to follow the rules of the road when traveling to and from school. It is important to wear appropriate safety equipment, use crosswalks, monitor traffic, and be alert to everything going on around you. Parents, when driving your children to and from school, please be mindful of the increase in kids on the roads and watch for them at all times. At the school, we highly recommend that all bikes and scooters are locked up during the day. They are to be walked on the sidewalks surrounding the school and are not to enter the building. Bikes and scooters can be accessed at noon by any Grade 7/8 students with off-campus privileges but not during recess. We have had the odd student attempt to retrieve a slushie from local businesses during that time. Leaving at recess is not permitted for liability and emergency response reasons. It is also nearly impossible to pull this off without being late for class (that was not a dare).
Tips to Help Prevent Bike Theft
- Use multiple locks to secure your bike's frame and wheels.
- Use a good-quality U-lock which isn't too loose instead of a cable lock.
- Bring any easily removable parts of your bike inside with you (this includes your helmet!).
- Never walk away from your unsecured bike, even for a moment.
- Write down your bike's serial number and keep a current picture of it in a safe place.
- If your bike is stolen, report it immediately to the police non-emergency line.