It is likely that:
There will only be a single lane plowed along major feeder routes to the school such as Fairway Drive and Dollar Road;
Cul-de sacs will likely not be plowed;
Parking will be almost non-existent along feeder routes; and
There will be a high degree of anxiety and frustration on the part of drivers when regular driver patterns and access routes are compromised by significant accumulations of snow.
Both Municipalities of North Vancouver have provided useful information on their respective websites to assist our community to prepare for and manage conditions related to snow and ice. The clearing of access roads to schools is a second level priority, following arterial roads and bus routes.
City of North Vancouver
District of North Vancouver
Our Facilities, Planning and Maintenance Department has developed school-specific snow removal plans, which indicate areas that will be cleared by our snow removal contractors and our custodial team, and the approved 'snow dump zones' at each school site.
Some important details:
In the event of heavy snowfall, please do your best to walk to school.
To facilitate the smooth flow of traffic during excessive snow, ALL parents who drive their children to school are encouraged to "Drive to 5" and park five minutes from the school, and walk.
We highly recommend that parents DO NOT drive directly to the school to minimize congestion and keep the streets safer for our students.
Any parents needing to park their vehicles should do so well away from the school.
Once at school, every effort will be made to clear pathways and salt two main entrances to the school. Students should use either:
- The northwest door (entrance off of primary playground by room 1)
- The main front door to the school
Please note that the other entrances will be open, but access may not be shoveled/salted.
If any parent would like to volunteer their time, and get in a good workout, and help Mr. Johal and Mr. Vargas (our custodian) shovel and/or salt, please bring yourself and your shovel to the school between the times of 7:00 AM and 8:30 AM. Salt bags are at school. Please complete the Snow Clearance Volunteer Form and return to Mr. Johal.
Parents/guardians are responsible for their children's safe travel to and from school. If for any reason there is concern that a child cannot travel safely, other arrangements should be made. Parents/guardians are also encouraged to establish an emergency plan for their children in the event that schools are closed, start late, or dismiss early. Please ensure that your children are dressed appropriately to get to and from school.