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School Safety Patrols provide a very important role in making our school a safe place. Crossing guards assist our students when crossing streets at designated crosswalks. Our Grade 6 patrols continue on post throught the month of September, until the Winnipeg Police Services representative finishes Grade 5 training. Patrols are posted at the corners of Mountain and McPhillips, Redwood and McPhillips, Aberdeen and McPhillips, Alfred and McPhillips. Adult crossing guards are located at the corner of Mountaind McPhillips, Redwood and McPhillips, Burrows and Fife, Burrows and McPhillips and Aberdeen and McPhillips. In order for these patrols to cross your children safely, it is important that you:
- make sure your children arrive at the particular corner while the patrols are on duty (8:30-8:55 a.m.)
- encourage your children to listen to the patrols and cross the street caustiously.
- arrange for your children to leave for school on time; arrived after 8:30 a.m.
Thank you to all our patrols who are out on duty even when it is snowing and cold. When the weather is particularly bad, students exit with the patrols in a “cold weather exit” so that our patrols can quickly cross them and leave their post. Patrols are on duty even when it is extremely cold, but their times outside are limited. However, our adult crossing guards are still outside for their entire shift (at the busy intersections) to keep the children safe. Please make sure that your child is dressed appropriately to be outside.
If students know they are going to be away in advance, we ask them to find their own replacement. At Lord Nelson School, Patrol shifts are chosen randomly during a recess meeting held the last week of every month. Students who have other commitments usually mention them in advance of the scheduling meeting so that their requests can be accommodated.
School Safety Patrol membership is an honoured and privileged position. With your support, your child will shoulder responsibilities that will strengthen character and provide an opportunity to help fellow students develop a better understanding of pedestrian and traffic safety.
Ways you can help support your child:
School safety patrols are on duty at crossings to guide students and prevent them from entering traffic when it is unsafe to do so. School safety patrols should never be responsible for directing traffic. Patrols direct children, not traffic.