Posted by Ms. Jo-Anne | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on May 8, 2012
Tuesday, May 8th, 2012
Dear WEJ Parents.
I am writing to bring you all up to date on the upcoming construction project at our school and what it will mean for you and your child.
There will be no parent vehicle traffic on the W. Erskine property as of Monday, May 14th.
In case you have not heard, our school is receiving a four classroom addition that will be built on the backside of our gym, in our existing parking lot. This means a significant disruption to the parking lot access and flow for parents and WEJ employees. This disruption will begin on Monday, May 14th.
The most important thing for parents to remember is that there will be no parent vehicle traffic on the school property for the duration of the construction project. This means that our morning Kiss N Ride program will not operate. There will be no short term parking at all. If parents wish to drop off their children, they will need to park on the nearby side streets and walk their child onto our school property. Where possible, students are encouraged to walk to school and / or ride their bikes.
Our morning bus drop off routine at WEJ will not be disrupted. The children will continue to unload on the lay-by on Varley drive – just as they do now.
However, there will be a change to our PM bus routine. I’m pleased to announce a partnership with our neighbor, Georges Vanier Catholic School. The Ottawa Student Transportation Authority has assisted us in drafting a plan to utilize Georges Vanier’s bus lanes during the construction project. For parents at home, it means the possibility of a few minutes delay in the time your child normally returns home from school. For our students here, we will be changing the location where we stage the students in lining up for their buses. We’ll be staging the students on the Primary Yard on the W. Erskine property. From there, the WEJ staff will be loading the children on the Georges Vanier bus lanes.
We are asking parents to be patient and cooperative as we implement this change. We realize that it is an inconvenience and a disruption. We also want to reiterate that this change is a temporary one while the building & property are being renovated.
W. Erskine Johnston