New 7:30 a.m. school zone times

FILE PHOTO - A yellow school bus from the Central Okanagan School District.

KELOWNA - As students make their way back to class next week, motorists are reminded that school zones will now be in effect starting at 7:30 a.m. rather than the previous start time of 8 a.m. to ensure students’ safety as they arrive to school.

The school zone extension was brought forward by the Central Okanagan School District in July and approved by Kelowna City Council to come into effect for the start of the 2016 school year.

“The Board appreciates that Kelowna City Council has changed the school zone times to reflect that students are often in the vicinity of schools earlier than 8 a.m.” Moyra Baxter, Chairperson for the Board of Education said.

“It’s a small but significant change that keeps student safety top of mind,” Dave Gibson, Regional Traffic Safety Officer with the Central Okanagan School District said. “With more morning programs available to students of all ages, from elementary to high school, the change more accurately reflects the timeframe that students are active around, and arriving at school.”

The 30 km per hour school zone speed limit is in effect from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., unless otherwise posted. School zone signs in Kelowna have been revised noting the adjusted school zone start time.

For more information, visit the Central Okanagan School District website here.

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