At recent public meetings parents and community members expressed concerns about students safely crossing the roundabout to walk to the school.
Our schools actively teach students about safely crossing roads to get to school and the roundabout is a new feature to discuss with students who will be attending Anne Roberts Young Elementary. School District 60 staff have reached out to the City of Fort St John staff, the RCMP, and ICBC to discuss learning resources or strategies to help students cross safely.
The roundabout near Anne Roberts Young Elementary is well lit and provides crosswalks and pedestrian refuges in the middle of the crossings.
ICBC includes increased pedestrian safety as a feature of roundabouts,
The benefits? Roundabouts improve traffic flow. They reduce serious crashes, injuries and fatalities because they virtually eliminate the chance of a head-on or right-angle collisions. They improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists. Roundabouts can even reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
With an expected opening date of September 2020 for Anne Roberts Young Elementary School (Grades K-6), some catchment boundaries will be changing later this year. These changes will potentially affect families with children currently attending Bert Ambrose, Alwin Holland, Robert Ogilvie, and Duncan Cran.
In order for trustees to gather public input, three public meetings have been scheduled as follows:
Thursday, November 7, 2019 at 7pm at Bert Ambrose Elementary School 9616 115th Avenue
Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at 7pm at the School Board Office 10112 105th Avenue
Monday, November 25, 2019 at 7pm at Alwin Holland Elementary School 10615 96th Street
Written submissions will also be accepted by the Board up to December 19, 2019. They can be dropped off at the School Board Office or emailed to email@example.com .
The linked letter below will be distributed by the four schools in the coming days.
The Government of BC has announced funding for future daycare spaces at Anne Roberts Young Elementary School! School District 60 will receive $1 Million dollars to support 61 future spaces. SD60 will partner with Northern Health and the daycare facility included in the school will be operated by the YMCA of Northern British Columbia.
From the BC Government linked news release:
School District 60 ensured several designated spaces at the centre will be reserved for children of employees from Fort St. John Regional Hospital located across the street. The partnership with Northern Health will help in recruiting and retaining health professionals. The YMCA will operate the child care centre once it opens.
“School District 60 has a long, successful history of innovative community partnerships, and the Board of Education is thrilled that the Province has provided capital support for a second daycare facility to be attached to our newest elementary school,” said Ida Campbell, board chair, School District 60. “The additional daycare spaces will help with recruitment and retention of community employees who require much-needed child care services. We are pleased to again work with the YMCA of Northern BC as licence holder.”