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The Burbank Walks PTA Committee works with the Principal and staff to evaluate and promote safety on our routes to school. The PTA also engages with parents, Belmont Police safety officers, and town departments, and participates in a town-wide Safe Routes to School working group.

Burbank is a partner school in the MassDOT’s Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program. Mass SRTS provides tools and resources to help schools promote safe walking and biking to school.

SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL UPDATE

Following the Safe Routes to School informational meeting held on January 19th (agenda here), the PTA has formed a Safe Routes to School Committee to engage with town departments and community members for pedestrian safety awareness and infrastructure improvements.

As reported at the February PTA Meeting, the SRTS Committee is currently focused on working with Glenn Clancy, Director of Community Development/Planning, and the police traffic officers to advocate for a series of changes to improve safety at the crosswalk on School Street, including:

  • Reflective "Yield" sign in the crosswalk (already provided by police & DPW)
  • "Your speed is" detection & display signs on each approach to the 20mph school zone (to be installed in spring)
  • Curbing and sidewalk repair on both sides of School Street (pending capital budget approval, for installation by September)
  • Push-button activated flashing crosswalk alert sign system at crosswalk (pending capital budget approval, for installation by September)
  • Raised tables on straight sections of School St, to slow traffic approaching crosswalk (under consideration by town departments).

We are grateful for the collaborative response from the town departments, and for the support of Burbank families as we continue to make progress towards some infrastructure improvements.

How you can help:

  1. Call the town planning office at 617 993-2666 and convey your support for improved safety measures on School Street.
  2. If you are a Town Meeting member, or otherwise involved in the town's budgeting process, please look out for and support these capital budget items requested by the planning department.
  3. Join us! Get involved in a town-wide pedestrian safety campaign to raise awareness and advocate for changes to town planning policy.  Come to a meeting of the Belmont SRTS Working Group on Monday, February 27, 7pm at the Town Hall. Contact Mary Lewis <marydewhurstlewis@earthlink.net> for more info and to get on an email list.
  4. Stay aware and engaged! Many families turned out for the Winter Walk to School Day on February 1st, and many are displaying yard signs to remind drivers to drive and park carefully. Talk to your neighbors and friends and help keep others aware of safety needs and our shared responsibilities.
  5. If you live on School St or another busy street near Burbank and wish to display a "Slow Down!" yard sign, please contact Heather Barr <heather_a_barr@hotmail.com>.

Thanks for your support. Please contact a SRTS Committee member with questions, concerns, or suggestions.

Harriet Wong <hiwong@post.harvard.edu>, Heather Barr <heather_a_barr@hotmail.com>, Mary Lewis <marydewhurstlewis@earthlink.net>, Reed Bundy <reed.bundy@gmail.com>

SAFE ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL PROCEDURES

Click on the map at right for larger image.

In the interest of safety, we ask ALL parents and caregivers to please follow these procedures:

• Walk to and from school as often as possible and in all seasons! Plan your walking route to cross major streets where there are Crossing Guards. Join a Walking School Bus on Wednesday mornings.

• If dropping off your child by car, please use the designated drop off areas on Gale Road or Sharpe Road. Note that both Gale Rd and Sharpe Rd are one-way during school hours. Pull over on the right between the drop-off signs, with your child ready to exit the car. A teacher will be at the drop off areas from 8.25 am to assist children being dropped off. Children will walk directly to the blacktop to line up.

• If parking to walk with your child to the blacktop, please park in legal spots on side streets (not on School Street) around the school, keeping crosswalks, sidewalks, school entrances, and driveways clear.

• Do not park in the Gale Road or Sharpe Rd drop off areas in the mornings.

• Do not park on either side of the bend of Sharpe Road; this area must be kept clear for pedestrians and the school bus.

• Do not enter the driveway to the school staff parking lot between 8am - 3pm. The parking lot is for staff parking and fire department access ONLY.

• Please be courteous and careful, and put children’s safety first!

The safe arrival/dismissal procedures are explained in more detail in our Getting To School Safely leaflet sent to all families at the start of the school year. Please share this important information with relatives, nannies, sitters - anyone who may be dropping off or picking up your child. Thank you for your cooperation as we make safety our first priority.

SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL UPDATE

Following the Safe Routes to School informational meeting held on January 19th (agenda here), the PTA has formed a Safe Routes to School Committee to engage with town departments and community members for pedestrian safety awareness and infrastructure improvements.

As reported at the February PTA Meeting, the SRTS Committee is currently focused on working with Glenn Clancy, Director of Community Development/Planning, and the police traffic officers to advocate for a series of changes to improve safety at the crosswalk on School Street, including:

  • Reflective "Yield" sign in the crosswalk (already provided by police & DPW)
  • "Your speed is" detection & display signs on each approach to the 20mph school zone (to be installed in spring)
  • Curbing and sidewalk repair on both sides of School Street (pending capital budget approval, for installation by September)
  • Push-button activated flashing crosswalk alert sign system at crosswalk (pending capital budget approval, for installation by September)
  • Raised tables on straight sections of School St, to slow traffic approaching crosswalk (under consideration by town departments).

We are grateful for the collaborative response from the town departments, and for the support of Burbank families as we continue to make progress towards some infrastructure improvements.

How you can help:

  1. Call the town planning office at 617 993-2666 and convey your support for improved safety measures on School Street.
  2. If you are a Town Meeting member, or otherwise involved in the town's budgeting process, please look out for and support these capital budget items requested by the planning department.
  3. Join us! Get involved in a town-wide pedestrian safety campaign to raise awareness and advocate for changes to town planning policy.  Come to a meeting of the Belmont SRTS Working Group on Monday, February 27, 7pm at the Town Hall. Contact Mary Lewis <marydewhurstlewis@earthlink.net> for more info and to get on an email list.
  4. Stay aware and engaged! Many families turned out for the Winter Walk to School Day on February 1st, and many are displaying yard signs to remind drivers to drive and park carefully. Talk to your neighbors and friends and help keep others aware of safety needs and our shared responsibilities.
  5. If you live on School St or another busy street near Burbank and wish to display a "Slow Down!" yard sign, please contact Heather Barr <heather_a_barr@hotmail.com>.

Thanks for your support. Please contact a SRTS Committee member with questions, concerns, or suggestions.

Harriet Wong <hiwong@post.harvard.edu>, Heather Barr <heather_a_barr@hotmail.com>, Mary Lewis <marydewhurstlewis@earthlink.net>, Reed Bundy <reed.bundy@gmail.com>

BURBANK WALKS

Burbank is proud to be a walking school. Over 60% of Burbank students walk or bike to school on a regular basis. We celebrate this while encouraging even more!

The Burbank Walks PTA Committee coordinates programs and activities to promote safe walking and biking to school, including:

  • Pedestrian safety training for students
  • Walking School Bus routes
  • National and Massachusetts Walk to School Days
  • Student Walk-it Tickets
  • Incentive programs such as Walkers Wall of Fame, Walking Wednesday class tallies, or Silver/Golden Sneaker Contest

Walking to school is good exercise and good fun! Walking connects us with our neighbors, reduces congestion, and helps children arrive at school ready to learn.

Practice safe walking with your children. Children (especially under the age of 9) should walk with an adult or older sibling. Plan your walking route to cross streets where there are Crossing Guards. We are fortunate to have four Crossing Guards on duty 7.30-8.50 am and 2.25-3.05 pm and located at:

  • School Street & Sharpe Road in front of the school
  • Washington Street & School Street intersection
  • Concord Ave & Bright Road intersection
  • Bright Road & Gale/Glenn Road intersection.

Safe Routes for School has helpful pedestrian safety tips for children

WALKING SCHOOL BUS

Join a Walking School Bus to walk to school!  Your child will enjoy walking with friends, you will meet other Burbank families in your neighborhood. Since parents take turns to walk with the Walking School Bus, you get to share the trips to school with others.

Burbank’s Walking School Buses are coordinated by the Burbank Walks PTA committee. The Walking School Buses operate weekly, every Wednesday morning, in the fall and spring. If there is sufficient interest among participating families, a walking school bus route may operate daily and/or in the afternoons, or through the winter.

Burbank has four Walking School Bus routes serving different neighborhoods:

  • Red WSB from Concord Ave along Bright Rd and Gale Rd
  • Orange WSBfrom Lewis Rd along School St
  • Yellow WSB along Dalton Rd
  • Green WSB from Orchard St and School St.

The routes are shown on the Walking School Bus Map

Each Walking School Bus route is coordinated by a parent volunteer. The coordinator keeps an email list of participating parents, and sets up a roster of parent drivers.

To join a Walking School Bus, please download the Walking School Bus Parent Information and Consent packet, print the final page and return your signed consent form to school or fill out the consent form online:

 
If you have questions or ideas about Safe Routes to School or Walking School Buses please contact a member of the Burbank Walks PTA Committee:

Hyon-Jee Voigt

Jessie Bennett

Clare Crawford

Harriet Wong

 

updated: 5/1/2017 by webmaster
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