In the interest of safety for all children, only children from Years 3 to 6 are allowed to ride a bicycle/scooter to and from the school, leaving the bicycle/scooter, during the school day, within the school bicycle shelter. This decision is based on the information available from VicRoads; Bicycle Victoria; as well, as the recommendations of the Australian Safety Council and Victorian Police.
The welfare and wellbeing of a child riding a bicycle, to and from school, is the responsibility of the parent. Road safety authorities recommend that before the age of ten years, children should not ride a bicycle in traffic without adult supervision. Up until the age of twelve years, most children do not have the skills or experience to be safe in traffic without supervision. Every year approximately 70% of all injuries or deaths involving children between five and fourteen years, are related to using the road – mostly as a passenger, pedestrian or while riding a bicycle ((VicRoads, 2006).
Parents of children in Years Prep/1/2 may supervise their child whilst riding to school, but the bicycle will not be housed in the school bicycle shelter as it is impossible for the staff to determine, for all children in their care, if parental supervision is in place, or not.
Sharing a bicycle/scooter or ‘dink’ on the way home is extremely dangerous and will be discouraged at every opportunity. Approved helmets must be worn at all times, for both bicycles and scooters, and must comply with the Australian Standards Mark AS/ANZ 2063.
It is acknowledged that not every family is a “two-car family”. Accordingly, parents are encouraged to explore the possibility of establishing a car-pooling or group walking arrangement with other parents to ensure safe transportation to and from school. The large majority of children enrolled are within walking distance to the school and, in light of the current statistics concerning child obesity, walking is a very healthy activity. All bicycles and scooters are the responsibility of the owner.
As our enrolments grow, the roads around our school are becoming increasingly chaotic during the morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up times and children are sometimes put at risk.
Children are vulnerable road users and are at higher risk in traffic because of their size and inability to judge speed and distance.
When in school zones, please observe the following guidelines to reduce risk to children:
ALWAYS cross at the school crossings!!!
BE PATIENT – observe the directions of the School Crossing Supervisor.
DO NOT park on footpaths or over driveways.
DO NOT use the staff car park to pick up or drop off children. The car park is for staff vehicles only.
NEVER double park. This reduces driver visibility, causes congestion and puts children at risk.
NEVER call your child across the road.
ALWAYS encourage your child to enter and exit the car from the kerb.
REMEMBER children are full of surprises! Expect the unexpected.
ALWAYS drive at or below 40km/h.
Our children’s safety and well-being is our most important priority so it is wonderful to have two Crossing Supervisors, George and Carmen, to help our children cross what are, at times, very busy roads. A children’s crossing is a legal crossing when two flags are in place. Children and adults who are crossing at a children’s crossing must comply with the supervisor’s directions and must stand behind the line until the supervisor blows the whistle, indicating that it is safe to cross. The crossing supervisor will always wait until it is safe before they walk out and blow their whistle.
Cars are not allowed to park on or around the crossing. The crossing area is usually signed NO STOPPING. The clearance around the crossing is for the safety of pedestrians.
REMEMBER – ALWAYS CROSS AT THE CHILDREN’S CROSSING WHEN IT IS IN OPERATION.
By following the rules around school zones we can work together to ensure the safety of our children.