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SD23 plans to open schools January 7

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January 06, 2015 - 3:04 PM

KELOWNA - School District 23 has looked at the weather forecast, checked out the progress of road crews and is gearing up to open schools tomorrow.

Though it looks positive for schools opening January 7, the school district anticipates some safety concerns could be a problem for pedestrians and motorists because not all side streets and sidewalks will be completely cleared prior to school opening, according to a media release from SD23.

Because of potential problems, the district has made the following appeal:

1. Community members are asked to help clear sidewalks that are typically used by students in order for them to travel safely to and from their schools.

2. Motorists are asked to be extremely cautious when travelling in or around the vicinity of schools and to watch for students who may be challenged fo find safe walking routes.

3. Parents are asked to assess the safety of the normal routes their children take to school prior to sending them tomorrow morning. Some neighbourhoods may still be unsuitable for pedestrian travel.

Though bus routes will likely be cleared and sanded prior to the morning's bus runs, there is a possibility a bus may not be able to reach all normal stops. Therefore SD23 would like families to go over their safety plans so kids will know to return home or where to go as an alternative safe location, in case the bus doesn't come within 20 minutes of the normal pick-up time. 

The school district plans to announce any changes to this current plan on their website, should they occur. 

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