Active Transportation to School
June 25, 2018 - In an effort to provide more opportunities for daily physical activity while helping to ensure the safety of our students, we are encouraging students and parents to engage in active transportation to school.
You will have noticed the high level of traffic during drop-off and pick-up times at our school: there are many vehicles mixed with pedestrians. Despite the creation of new crosswalks and better monitoring of the bus zones over the years, we still are concerned about our children’s safety.
As such, starting in September 2018, we are encouraging parents who drive their children to school to steer clear of the west and north side of our building, and instead drop their children off on the school side of 44th Ave. The Town of Stony Plain will designate this area as a dropoff-only temporary parking zone.
This practice not only keeps children away from high-traffic areas during peak times, but also allows them to take a short, healthy walk across our fields on the way to school.
We encourage all of our parents to be active participants in this endeavour. Help lead your school to greater physical, mental and environmental health by:
- Letting your children walk or cycle to school if they don't ride the bus;
- Watching out for all children in the neighbourhood by driving carefully near the school; and
- Sharing your observations in parent surveys.
Meridian Heights would like to thank all parents for their attention to this matter. Complete information about our Active Transportation measure (including a map) can be found in this Parent Letter.
Please contact parent representative Crystal Harnum or Principal Cheryl Johnson for more information or if you'd like to help with getting the message out to all parents:
Principal Cheryl Johnson