As you are aware, our parking lot has been under construction since mid-August. As a result, our entry and dismissal procedures have changed for students who walk, take the bus and/or are driven to school each day.
- Families are asked not to drive students to school to ease traffic congestion in the area. Walkers are asked to walk and students who are regularly bused are asked to take the bus. If you would like to accompany your child to school, especially for the first day, you will need to park on nearby side streets and walk to the school. The north side of Lancaster Drive is not a parking lane for cars to stop or park. There will be pylons in place while the construction project continues. When completed, there will be raised curbs that will prevent vehicles from pulling in to stop/park. Research studies show that there is a high incidence of serious injury when children leave vehicles and cross roads.
- School bus drop off and pick up locations are now at the front of the schools in the new bus zones on the side of the road. Please do not park or stop in bus loading zones. Supervision at bus drop off and pick up will be in place and ongoing.
- Once construction is complete, there will be six new "drop-off/pick up" spots at the front entrance of our school, designed for families picking up or dropping off for an appointment, or attending a meeting or a field trip etc. There will also be some "drop-off/pick-up" spots in front of Lancaster Public which could be used if you are going to pick up your child after school and no one is there. Parents are asked to NOT park in the Lancaster Drive Public School parking lot at the end of the day. Their staff team will be monitoring this to ensure that our parents are not accessing that lot (students and staff are still using that space at that time of day).
- Kids Place Child Care Centre staff share parking spaces with our staff at the west side of the building. Kids Place families will continue to use those spots for drop-off and pick-up. Later in September, that parking lot will also undergo some construction to refine the parking spots and maximize the use of space. All Mother Teresa students and parents must not access this parking lot unless they are affiliated with Kids Place for before and after school care.
Please see the traffic flow map for a visual of the parking lot.