Safety for students at Bella Vista Public School will be strengthened with one of 88 new school crossing supervisors to soon be appointed as students return to the classroom.
Baulkham Hills State Liberal MP David Elliott said Bella Vista Public School was one of 80 schools across the state preparing to welcome two new school crossing supervisors as part of the NSW Government’s plan to fast track the appointment of 300 new school crossing supervisors within three years.
“This appointment has been made possible thanks to the Government’s $18.5 million commitment to increasing student safety around schools. The new crossing supervisors will monitor children at the crossing on Free Settlers Drive and the crossing on Fairway Drive as they walk to and from school,” said Mr Elliott.
“We look forward to welcoming our new school crossing supervisors over the coming months as they join more than 1200 others across the state helping to keep primary school students safe.”
Mr Elliott said schools were invited to apply for a supervisor before the end of Term 1 and 80 schools were successful.
“Recruitment for this position will open shortly and I strongly encourage dedicated people interested in serving their community to keep an eye out for the job ads.”
Mr Elliott said as students return to the classroom from today their safety is a key priority and school crossing supervisors are part of a suite of measures to keep kids safe.
Other measures include reduced speed limits in school zones as well as high visibility safety treatments like signs, “dragon teeth” road markings and flashing lights.
“We have seen an increase in traffic around schools in the past few months as many parents choose to drive their children to and from school as a way of maintaining social distancing,” Mr Elliott said.
“Most school zones are in effect from 8:00-9:30am and 2:30 – 4:00pm. I am reminding all motorists to watch their speed and slow down when entering an active school zone, or when you see bus lights flash. This means children are nearby. Those who don’t obey the rules are putting lives at risk and face heavy fines and loss of demerit points.”
Higher fines and demerit points apply within school zones, and the Speed Advisor app is available to alert drivers when they enter an active school zone.
The Centre for Road Safety also provides road safety educational activities for teachers to use in the classroom and for families to share with their children at home on the Safety Town website https://www.safetytown.com.au/
For more information about the School Crossing Supervisor program, visit roadsafety.transport.nsw.gov.au/stayingsafe/schools/schoolcrossingsupervisorprogram.html.