School Division, City of Leduc, and residents team up for safety

Pipestone Flyer

The City of Leduc continues to experience dynamic growth, particularly with young families, and with that growth comes a continued demand for safe and caring schools. Staff from Star Catholic Schools and the City of Leduc have been working together to implement some new initiatives that will help reduce traffic congestion and keep Leduc students safe as they head back to school for another year, particularly around Notre Dame School.

    “The Notre Dame School community is busy and thriving, and we’re committed to working with our colleagues at the City of Leduc to ensure our students are safe as they travel to and from school,” says STAR Catholic Schools Superintendent Dr. Troy Davies. “We’ve worked hard over the summer and we’re proud to announce some new initiatives that will increase the safety of not only our students, families and staff, but also the residents who call this community home.”

    STAR Catholic Schools’ has recently implemented the following changes:

* Supervision has been increased outside the school at arrival and dismissal times, reducing the need for parents to wait in their vehicles until the bell rings before driving off.

* Free child care is being offered at the school from 8:30 a.m. to 8:50 a.m. for preschoolers, to allow parents to drop off their children and go without having to wait for school to begin.

* Buses have been re-routed so they no longer travel along 45 Street onto 39 Avenue and 43 Street to get to the school. Bus schedules have also been staggered to reduce overall traffic congestion during peak drop-off and pick-up times.

    “We’ve met with officials of STAR Catholic School Division and the residents most affected by school-related traffic congestion,” says Michael Pieters, General Manager of Infrastructure & Planning. “We are all working toward a mutually-beneficial solution, and we’re confident that many recent changes will significantly reduce traffic congestion and improve safety.”

The City of Leduc has recently implemented the following changes:

* The crosswalks in front of Notre Dame School and at the intersection of South Park Drive and 42 Street have been repainted to make them more visible to drivers.

* A "Kiss & Go" zone has been implemented in front of Notre Dame School between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m., and 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on school days. Vehicles should not be in this zone any longer than required to drop passengers off. Signs will be erected on Sept. 16. City enforcement officers will be closely monitoring this area to ensure compliance with the new guidelines.

* Four-way stop signs have been installed at the intersection of South Park Drive and 42 Street. City of Leduc enforcement officers will be closely monitoring this area to ensure drivers obey the signs and don’t park too close to the intersection.