As children gradually return to school from Tuesday 26th May, their safety is paramount, so Council is urging motorists to slow down, and be aware that there will be changed travel patterns in and around schools with staggered start and finish times.

Wyndham City Council has put signs up at some of our busiest school crossings explaining the social distancing measures that need to be in place and is asking all residents to practice good hygiene and physical distancing, especially around schools, during the Covid-19 pandemic. It is important to remember to keep a 1.5-metre distance from others around the school gate, including the school crossing supervisor.

Safer Communities portfolio holder Cr Kim McAliney advised parents and teachers to remind children on the importance of social distancing and show children what this might look like when approaching school crossings.

Cr McAliney said Council would be patrolling schools and fining motorists who are not parking correctly.

“While the majority of parents and guardians obey the road rules, slow down to 40 km per hour, and park in the designated parking spaces, sometimes there were a few residents who flout these rules,” Cr McAliney said.

“During a time where it has never been more important to work together, we are asking everyone to be mindful of their parking and driving behaviour around schools for the safety of Wyndham families and out school crossing supervisors.”

“Due to social distancing measures, parents and caregivers are advised not to congregate near the school gates.”

“Parents and guardians should allow themselves extra time in the mornings and afternoons to park properly and to ensure their children get to school gates safely.”

“Council staff will be out in full force and will not hesitate issuing fines to people double parking near schools or parking outside of designated car spaces.”

“Council is working closely with Victoria Police to ensure drivers slow down to 40km per hour outside school zones from 8am to 9.30am and from 2.30pm to 4pm and follow the guidance of school crossing supervisors.”

“The safety of our children and school crossing supervisors is paramount and anyone caught driving through the school crossing stop signs will place our children at risk of being injured.”

“Parents are encouraged to park at nearby reserves and to walk the short distance to schools to minimise traffic congestion around the school gate, support social distancing, and boost health and wellbeing.

“It is important to ensure children cross at the supervised school crossing, stay on the footpath and are aware of their surroundings.”

“To reduce school run stress, perhaps consider riding, walking, or scooting to school.”

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