Transport tips for heading back to the classroom
Getting to school
Some schools are seeing increased traffic volumes with parents encouraged to practice physical distancing measures and public transport use discouraged unless essential.
Each school and surrounding environment is different, so schools will need to develop their own strategies to support physical distancing requirements during the morning and afternoon peak periods. Some simple tips schools might like to consider:
- Encourage students to walk or ride to school. If they walk or ride with a parent, encourage the parents to farewell/meet students outside the school grounds.
- Encourage use of part way points around the school (see below). A local oval, a park or a quiet side street are simple options for parents that will reduce the number of vehicles accessing the school carpark.
- Remind parents to be patient and to park legally and safely, both within the school carpark and the surrounding streets, to ensure student safety.
- Develop a system in which school staff supervise the pick-up and set down to reduce parents parking and accessing the school to collect children.
- Ask parents to wait in vehicles and have their children come to meet them, rather than parking and walking to meet their children.
- Remind parents to avoid congregating in groups, particularly near the access points in and out of the school grounds.
Part way points
Part way points are a simple way to reduce congestion and increase safety around schools. They help to make the school drop off and collection run easier and faster for all parents by reducing congestion at the school gate.
Part way points are effective because they can be tailored to suit your needs, which may change from day-to-day. A carpark at the local oval or park, or even a quiet residential street, might work well for you.
The image on the right highlights some potential options, but this is just a guide. Look for options that work for you and your family near your school.
A number of schools have ride or walk to school maps, which highlight some potential part way points or walking or riding routes to school. The maps can be used to suit your needs, for example you may wish to drop or collect children somewhere along a designated route, to reduce the distance they walk while still receiving the benefits of using part way points.
Visit the Ride or Walk to School program page to see if your school has a map available. If there isn’t a map available for your school and you would like one created, contact the School Safety Program.
The School Safety Program within Transport Canberra and City Services is also available to provide support.