Oshawa Home Inspection back to school safety tips


Back to school tips on keeping our children safe

We wish to remind motorists of the following safety tips:

  • slow down when pedestrians are present;                         
  • watch for Crossing Guards and be prepared to STOP; and
  • when stopping for a Crossing Guard, keep a full car length back.

Parents driving their children to school

  • DO NOT park unless it is absolutely necessary and leave once your child is on school property so other parents are able to drop off their children;  DO NOT loiter on school property;
  • "kiss and go" delivery frees up space for the next parent;
  • park legally to ensure the safety of others; and
  • if possible, consider car pooling.  

Parents walking with their children

  • consider walking, it provides health benefits for your children and improves the environment by eliminating emissions;
  • set a good example for your children by crossing with the Crossing Guard if one  is provided; and
  • where no Crossing Guard is provided, have children look both ways and help them decide when it is safe to cross the road.  This will help to develop their judgment skills.

Parents should remind their children who are walking on their own to

  • go to a crossing guard location, if one is provided;
  • obey the Crossing Guard at all times including the 3-whistle policy;
  • to ensure safety, do not send children to school prior to the commencement of the school crossing guard’s scheduled times; and
  • look both ways for safe gaps in the traffic where there is no Crossing Guard provided.

School location signs

  • School Zone signs, with the pentagon shape (point on top), are advance signs to warn motorists to be alert to young pedestrians and drive with caution.
  • Rectangular School Crossing signs, indicates a supervised crossing where motorists must obey the Adult Crossing Guard when they hold up the STOP paddle. 
  • At various school crossings, where student patrollers control the students by holding them back until safe gaps in traffic are present, motorists must be cautious and courteous at all times.
  • Children and parents should be reminded that when there is no crossing guard on duty at a posted crossing location, it offers no added protection, meaning that motorists are not legally obligated to stop and children must look both ways and wait for safe gaps in traffic.

With your co-operation and safety of everyone in mind, we can provide our children safe routes to school.





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30 Sprucewood Cres, Bowmanville, Ont, L1C 5C6 (289) 979-7592
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