On Wednesday, August 12, 2020, the Nottawasaga Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), in partnership with the Township of New Tecumseth, conducted annual School Crossing Guard training for 35 School Crossing Guards.
The training took place at the Nottawasaga OPP Detachment and was attended by the Mayor of New Tecumseth, Rick Milne, as well as the Detachment Commander of the Nottawasaga OPP, Inspector Steve Ridout.
School will be starting soon and School Crossing Guards will be out helping children cross roads safely at designated crossing areas. Officers of the Community Mobilization and Engagement Unit spent the day delivering practical and in-class scenario training. This year, with students having been away from the school environment for the past five months, it is even more vital that drivers, students, parents/caregivers, and School Crossing Guards are all well-prepared for their contribution to pedestrian safety.
From early September to late June, School Crossing Guards connect with our local youth and try to make a difference throughout the school year. These caring and dedicated individuals are present every weekday at morning arrivals, lunch time hours and afternoon departures (except on snow days), and perform their duties in various weather conditions to ensure that our children remain safe on their way to and from school.
Nottawasaga OPP would like to remind motorists travelling through school zones to be extra vigilant and mindful of, not only the school buses, but of students who walk to school.
Nottawasaga OPP would like to extend a gracious thank you to these special individuals who decide to become School Crossing Guards and support