Rationale/ Preamble/Belief Statement
At St Aidan’s Catholic Primary School we believe that a road safety policy provides a framework of common understanding for students, staff, parents/carers and the community who interact with the school to provide a safe environment.
It will ensure the health, safety and welfare of our students who use the services and facilities of this school. This will be achieved by assessing the risks in the road environment around our school, developing practical school management procedures and ensuring that curriculum that pertains to all road safety issues is taught to our students.
St Aidan’s Catholic Primary School is bordered by three streets, Adelaide Street, Kimberley Street and Rooty Hill Road North, which are speed zoned to 40km per hour during the hours of 8.00am - 9:30am and 2:30pm - 4:00pm. Outside these hours all suburban streets are 50km per hour.
Restricted parking is available in both Adelaide & Kimberley Streets.
The traffic along Rooty Hill Road North is particularly high between 8:00am - 8:45am, the start of school, and 2:30pm - 3:00pm, the end of school. During these times there is a high volume of pedestrian activity around the school.
The crossings on Adelaide and Kimberley Street are not manned from 8:00am – 8.45am. A teacher will accompany students crossing outside of these times for activities, such as sport.
The two school crossings in Adelaide and Kimberley Streets are unmanned until the end of school when a staff member walks and guides the students across the road.
At St Aidan’s Catholic Primary School we aim to provide a quality road safety education program (K-6) that develops attitudes, behaviours and values promoting responsible road use.
At St Aidan’s Catholic Primary School we aim to have procedures and practices in place that maximise the safety of students when they arrive at school and when they leave school.
At St Aidan’s Catholic Primary School our staff develop and implement effective, sequential road safety education programs using the Safe Living outcomes & indicators from the PDHPE syllabus. Our programs make use of the online Roads and Maritime Services resources and address the following road safety issues for our students:
- passenger safety
- bus safety
- pedestrian safety
- safety on wheels (bicycles, scooters, roller-blades and skateboards).
School management procedures
At St Aidan’s Catholic Primary School the staff will maximise the safety of students by setting a good example.
Safety of students as they travel to and from school each day is important. It is expected that parents/ carers, grandparents and family members will support the school through role modelling safe road use behaviours.
- Using designated footpaths or walking in areas away from the road
- Holding the students’s hand (for those up to 8 years of age) and actively supervising all students as they walk to and from school
- Teaching students to Stop, Look, Listen and Think every time they cross the road
- Walking with students to cross roads (do not call students across the road)
- Crossing roads away from parked cars
- Parking correctly in designated areas
- Getting students in and out of the car on the footpath side
- Using seatbelt restraints for all passengers prior to driving away
- Using correct seating for passengers under the age of 7
- Waiting safely at bus stops and waiting until the bus has gone and choosing a safe place to cross
There are several points of entry into St Aidan’s Catholic Primary School.
For the school site there are:
- Two pedestrian access gates on Adelaide Street
- One pedestrian access gate on Rooty Hill Road North
Parents/carers, family members and students are expected to use the available pedestrian facilities around the school to cross the road. These include the pedestrian crossings on Adelaide and Kimberley Streets.
Where there are no pedestrian crossing facilities are available parents/carers, family members and students should Stop, Look, Listen, Think before crossing the road and cross in an area away from parked cars and especially buses. Walk quickly and directly across the road.
Students who catch a bus home assemble outside the meeting room and wait to be accompanied by a teacher to the bus stop where the students are supervised until they are boarded on the bus.
Any child riding a bicycle is not permitted to ride the bicycle inside the fenced school yard, across the crossing or along the footpath immediately surrounding the crossing.
Students commuting from school via vans are requested to line up in van lines at the Rooty Hill Road North gate and will be supervised by a teacher. Van drivers are to park and collect the students from the gate.
Students are supervised as they walk to Kimberley Park. There are two crossings at which the students cross, the first at Adelaide Street and the second at Kimberley Street. Teacher’s supervise the students crossing the road. Once at Kimberley Park the students meet their parents and go home. Any student whose parent hasn’t arrived will be taken back to school and wait with the parent waiters.
Parent waiters are admitted to the school via the lower Adelaide Street entrance in the afternoon and via the middle Adelaide Street gate in the morning. Parents are expected to remain seated in the parent waiting area in the morning if they wish to observe the morning assembly. In the afternoon parents are to remain in the designated parent area until the dismissal bell rings.
After School Care
After school care students are to proceed to the Rooty Hill Road North entrance with the van students and are supervised by the teacher on duty until collected by after school care staff.
Arrival and Departure by Car
For those parents/carers, and family members that need to drive their students to school, there are car parking spaces available on Kimberley Street and surrounding streets. Park correctly and walk with your child to the school gate.
There are ‘No Stopping’ signs either side of the two pedestrian crossings and bus zones. Drivers are expected to abide by these parking regulations.
Restricted parking signs are in place around the school site to increase students’s safety. Drivers must abide by these parking regulations.
If you need to enter the school for extended periods please park on Kimberley Street.
The school is located in a 40km school zone where a 40 km speed limit applies for the hours of 8.00-9.30am and 2.30-4.00pm on school days. The speed limit is lowered to 40km during these hours to increase the safety of the students arriving and departing the school. Drivers must abide by these speed regulations.
Wet weather days are particularly hazardous for students as traffic increases, visibility of students is decreased and slippery roads make driving conditions more difficult. Reduce speed, park correctly and walk with your child from the school gate to your vehicle. Students under 10 years should be supervised in the traffic environment and those 8 years and younger should always hold an adults hand.
Buses used for excursions pick up students from these bus zones. Students assemble inside the fenced area of the school until rolls are marked and teachers lead the students along the footpath to the waiting buses. On returning to school in school hours, students exit the buses in the bus zone and walk along the footpath into the school yard and assemble inside the gates.
Members of the community at St Aidan’s Primary School will be informed via newsletters, handbooks, orientation activities, and parent take-home notes of the importance of:
- modelling safe road user behaviour
- parking vehicles safely outside the school and observing all parking signs
- ensuring that students are protected whilst travelling to and from school
- reinforcing the safety messages taught at school
- supervising the travel of young students
- identifying and reporting safety issues in and around the school
- contribute to solving road safety issues that are of concern to the school and community.
The Principal has the right of discretion to make provision for departure from the policy or the application of the policy in the event of unforeseen and exceptional circumstances.
(This policy was prepared by: school staff, students, parent/carer representatives and the Diocesan Road Safety Education Adviser)