Colchester County RCMP, including Const. Dal Hutchinson, are asking motorists to be cautious today as students head back to school. The new speed limits, which were introduced in the spring, will be in effect. Drivers must reduce speed in school areas to 30 km/h in a normally 50km/h zone, and 50km/h when the normal limit is higher. Matthew Veno – Truro Daily News
TRURO – It’s not only courses and homework that have to be embraced now that another school year has begun.
The RCMP, Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Department and Chignecto-Central Regional School Board all have reminders for children and parents to help keep youngsters safe as they return to school.
With school beginning on Thursday, the RCMP highlights walking and bus safety that must be adhered at all times. An RCMP news release says children who walk to school must follow a safe, familiar route and parents should walk it with them until children can confidently do it. Always stopping and looking both ways before crossing the street and walking with a buddy are also excellent safety tools.
When on a bus, children must wait for it to completely stop before leaving the curb, board and exit at a location that provides safe access and remain seated. Motorists must obey all signals when approaching a school bus. Fines for passing a stopped school bus with lights flashing are about $400.
Drivers are reminded to slow to 30 km/h in school zones if the normal speed limit in the area is 50 km/h or less or slow to 50km/h if the normal speed limit in the area is 60 km/h or more.
"There is no time limit on safety," said Maurice Smith, minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal in a news release. "It's 24-7. If children are in a school area, whether it's 10 a.m. or 6 p.m., you must slow down to the posted limit."
CCRSB’s communications officer, Debbie Buott-Matheson, reminds parents to dress their children appropriately for changing weather, including dressing them in layers. She added backpacks should not weigh more than 10 to 15 per cent of a child’s body weight and should be put over both shoulders and using waist straps, if provided.
Buott-Matheson adds any concerns, such as dealing with an anxious child or requiring school supplies or breakfast programs, should be shared with school staff.
“And keep conversations positive … focus on the good and exciting things” about returning to school to reinforce healthy and happy children, added Buott-Matheson.
Schools in Colchester County:
Bible Hill Central elementary
Bible Hill East Court Road elementary
Bible Hill junior high
Central Colchester junior high
Cobequid district elementary
Cobequid Educational Centre
Great Village elementary
Harmony Heights elementary
North Colchester High School
North River elementary
Redcliff Middle School
South Colchester Academy
Truro junior high
Upper Stewiacke elementary
West Colchester consolidated
Winding River consolidated
School not re-opening:
Bass River Elementary School
Did you know?
- Anticipated enrolment for schools throughout Colchester County is currently based on last year's numbers and sits at about 7,000 students.
- Updated figures should be available at the end of September.
- There are an estimated 435 teachers in Colchester County.
- Schools in the county boundary include: