By Denise Bacon

Excitement mixed with a few other emotions will be accompanying the little ones who start school for the first time in September. This means that many parents will experience the drop-off and pick-up of their four and five-year-olds at school for the first time.

The challenging traffic issues at Charlottetown Junior Public School was brought to the attention of Trustee Anu Sriskandarajah who advised in the April 2022 issue of Centennial News that “Charlottetown Junior Public School has been selected to take part in the Traffic Safety Program for the 2022/23 school year. The program is run by Green Communities Canada and each year 15 schools out of the 583 TDSB schools are selected for it. As part of the program, schools receive a Traffic Safety Facilitator” who would collaborate with the Principal, the community and other stakeholders to address traffic concerns and to develop and implement initiatives for active modes of school travel.

Trustee Anu has confirmed that a facilitator has now been assigned to run the program at Charlottetown JPS and this facilitator will be reaching out to the principal in September to get started on addressing the traffic concerns. Further updates from the Trustee regarding solutions to the traffic safety concerns will be communicated via Centennial News as information becomes available.

In the meantime, parents and residents are reminded to be extra vigilant and considerate about safety of children and homeowners near Charlottetown Junior Public School and other schools as the cycle of drop-offs and pick-ups starts again for the new school year.