Viscount Alexander Public School operates a Walking School Bus each morning, bringing children from their community (Strathcona Heights) to the school. We are currently looking to fill one of the mornings (Mon or Wed) as we have lost a volunteer from the previous year. The candidate would become a volunteer of the Sandy Hill Community Health Centre, which they would be provided with an orientation of our Centre as well as the general role of Community Health Centres.
Ideally, this position is for someone who lives in the Sandy Hill neighborhood, is an early riser and enjoys the company of children, (they would be asked to complete a police record check).
If you’re able to post this opportunity, then please contact Gerald Dragon, Youth Engagement Worker at the Sandy Hill Community Health Centre, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 613-789-1500 ext. 2526.
Walking School Bus Information
What is the Walking School Bus?
The Walking School Bus is an initiative of SHCHC, ASH, and Viscount Alexander. It is made up of parent and community volunteers (walking leaders) that are trained and policed checked. They meet your children at a pick up location and safely walk them to school. Grade 6 students have been made WSB Jr. monitors to help the walking leaders with the smaller children.
How does it work?
Once parents have registered their children for the service, central pick up locations and times are determined based on demand. For instance, last year we had a bus stop location in Strathcona Heights at Chapel and Wiggins, where the students met the walking leader at 7:40, left at 7:45 and reached the school at 7:50 in time for outdoor play in the yard or breakfast club. We have also had an Upper Sandy Hill bus that met at Laurier and Chapel at 7:25, left at 7:30 and arrived at the school at 7:50.
When does the walking school bus run?
The walking bus only runs in the morning, and after school return has to be arranged with other parents and students, or with after school programs.
Why take the Walking School Bus?
Walking to school in the morning can be a great start to your child’s day. It promotes health and community, and is environmentally friendly. Some kids have taken the regular bus in the past, and found out walking got them to school faster!
Job Description for Walker-Driver
Walker-Driver (Volunteer position with the Sandy Hill Community Health Centre–Police Check required)
To meet and safely escort children to Viscount Alexander School.
- Have an interest in promoting health and supporting the environment through the Walking School Bus program.
- Must be dependable and responsible.
- Must be able to communicate effectively.
- Should have the capacity and interest in walking in the community in all types of weather.
- Develop the safest route to school using the domicile location of the participants on your route.
- Contact participant’s parents and clarify route, meeting time, and expectations from participants as outlined in flyer document.
- Escort children to school at the appointed time and drop children at the appropriate location on the school grounds.
- Explain safe walking tips en route. i.e: look for cars exiting driveways before passing; cross streets at crosswalks between the two white lines.
- Identify any problems with program, participants or their families, traffic and safety issues, or another other circumstances that affect the Walking School Bus Program to the Walking School Bus Coordinator.
- Wear provided vest or other apparel that stands out.
- Attend periodic WSB meetings or training. (One per school term on average.)
- Work on advocacy issues to improve walkability in Sandy Hill area.
- Add special events or features to your route and for your participants (i.e.: everyone wear a certain colour one day, silly hats, sing songs, point out features on route, etc.).