School principal Engia Baxter said the road safety issue had been raised at the school’s annual general meeting earlier this year.
“It has always been a very congested area during the time of students being dropped off and picked up from school.
“There are so many cars and children, and we want to be cautious and do everything we can to avoid any accidents.”
Apii Avarua began their road safety initiative on Monday this week.
Baxter says the school is focusing on ways to prevent any incidents and rectify the problems raised by parents.
“From now onwards, we are going to have a road crossing over here that will be manned.”
The programme will be enforced by the school’s prefects and senior management staff.
Police will help monitor the programme.
“The school prefects will be monitoring the roads, so we ask that all parents and school students be mindful of the instructions given by the prefects and school staff,” Baxter said.
Road cones will indicate where to walk and where to drop students off. Part of the road is designated for students, teachers and parents to walk on.
Baxter asks for all drivers to slow down while dropping off their children.
“This is the first time our school has done this, so we ask for drivers to be patient and allow us to find the best way for this initiative to operate.”
School prefects and teachers began their training with police last Friday afternoon.
Senior constable policemen Matapo Makara said the police supported the school’s road safety initiative.
“For the protection of the students, we want to ensure this programme runs systematically and safely,” he said.
Makara says the school road is narrow and he understands the difficulties when it comes time to pick up or drop off students.
“We want to support this programme for the safety of the students,” he said. The road safety programme will take place every school morning from 7:45am-8:15am and every school evening from 1:50- 2:15pm.