Waterloo Regional Police Plan for Safe Back to School 2021

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Waterloo Region, Ontario – As the summer winds down and students are preparing to head back to school, Waterloo Regional Police want to remind the community to make safety a top priority. 

Motorists are reminded to be extra vigilant as students will be adjusting to new schedules, wearing masks and practicing physical distancing while walking to school and at bus stops. We encourage drivers to give themselves extra time. Obey signage for no stopping, no parking and reduced speed limits within school zones. 

Parents and caregivers are encouraged to promote safety with their children and remind them to stay alert while on the school bus and while walking or biking to school. They are also encouraged to: 

  • Plan a safe route to and from school, and practice the route before the start of school. 
  • Cross at designated crosswalks with the walk signal.
  • Stop in both directions for a school bus with lights flashing.
  • Stop and be mindful of crossing guards assisting children across the road
  • Establish a plan for school pickup with family or friends.

Once again, we will be taking part in our annual #WalktheChalk event. During the first week of September, officers will be writing messages along sidewalks to promote safety. We also encourage parents and children to take time on the days leading up to September 7, 2021, to go outside and write safety messages along school routes with chalk. The intent is for students to read these messages as they walk to school on the first day and help encourage safe walking and biking. We are also encouraging parents, caregivers and children to take part in our Safety Ambassador Campaign by sending us a drawing or video of their back-to-school safety message. 








Project Safe Semester
 - Waterloo Regional Police are once again taking part in Project Safe Semester, a campaign that promotes the safety and well-being of university and college students. The campaign will run until September 25, 2021, to help ensure the safety and security of all community members.

Post-secondary students are encouraged to:

  • Lock their doors and secure their property, and ensure window coverings are closed in bedrooms and bathrooms to ensure ultimate privacy.
  • Don’t let anyone into a building that they don’t know.
  • Walk in groups whenever possible.
  • Cross roads at designated locations following traffic signals.
  • If consuming alcohol or drugs, do so responsibly. Plan ahead to ensure your safe arrival and return.
  • Report any suspicious activity or individuals to police immediately.

In addition, members of Neighbourhood Policing and our Traffic Service Unit will be conducting high-visibility enforcement of traffic laws in and around school zones throughout Waterloo Region: targeting high-risk driving behaviours, which impact the safety of children, cyclists and pedestrians in school zones. 

Enforcement activities will focus on offences such as speeding, failing to stop for school buses and disobeying the direction of crossing guards in and around local schools. Motorists are reminded to slow down, pay attention and watch for pedestrians crossing at crosswalks. 

The Waterloo Regional Police Service is dedicated to ensuring the safety of all students. Now more than ever, we must work together to ensure a safe return to school.  

Media Inquiries:

Waterloo Regional Police Service
Public Information Unit
519-570-9777 (WRPS) ext. 8188

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