As many of you have heard, there was a tragic death of a 5-year-old girl at a Toronto school earlier this year. This was as a result of car pinning the girl and her father against another vehicle.

This tragedy is a symptom of a bigger issue that exists at all schools in Ontario – that being parents driving their children to and from school. We are not sheltered or exempted from this. We are appreciative and thankful to those of you who have embraced the value and benefits of walking your children to and from school; for those of you who have adjusted your work schedules to walk your children to and from school; for those of you who have partnered with other parents and take turns walking your children to and from school.

However, there are still far too many parents who are driving their students to and from school which causes a lot of congestion around the school. We witness every morning and every afternoon the unsafe and illegal driving practices of parents – parents who feel entitled and/or in a hurry with little or no regard for the rules of the road. This may be a harsh statement but sadly it is true. There have been many times where students have been nearly hit by a car due to their disregard for the safety of other children. We don’t want to be the next school in Ontario reporting a tragic death as a result of a child being hit by a car.

We understand that some of our families need to drive as they are off to work.  We encourage you to drop off your children a safe distance from school and allow them to walk the rest of the way to school. If you feel the need to park and walk your child to the school, please ensure that you are parked legally.  

We all have a role to play in making SJPII a safe place for all our students. October 10th SJPII will celebrate “Walk to School Wednesday”. It really does take a village to raise a child. Please make a commitment to be part of the solution and not the problem.