PRIMARY school and kindergarten students across Bass Coast are learning to cross the road safely with the help of Bass Coast Shire Council’s school crossing supervisors.
In the last 12 months, 16 sessions have been held at kindergartens and primary schools in Cowes, Inverloch and Wonthaggi, with four more to come in the next few months.
Mayor, Cr Kimberley Brown, said the aim of the program is to educate children to use school crossings correctly, and the importance of using the crossings.
“Key messages from the program is for children to ‘stop, look, listen and think’, and promoting that road safety is for everyone – themselves, their family and friends, and other people using the road,” Cr Brown said.
“It’s important for children to take the message home from the session and remind their parents of school crossing safety.”
Cr Brown said it was also important for kindergarten children to learn the correct way to use the crossing before they start primary school next year.
The education program consists of a 30 minute in class session run by two School Crossing Supervisors.
The primary school program also includes real life experience by taking the Prep children out to the school crossing with the supervisors and practicing crossing the road safely.
Nine Bass Coast school crossing staff are trained to deliver the safety education program at schools and kindergartens.
“We’d also like to remind all motorists to take extra care when approaching school crossings on school days,” Cr Brown said.
“Reduced speed limits of 40km/h apply around schools from 8am to 9.30am and 2.30pm to 4pm on schools days.”