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​There is NO COST at this time for Village programs. The school is responsible for booking and paying for transportation to and from the Village.

The programs are available for Durham Region students in Grades 1, 2, 3 and 5. Split grade classes should be registered separately, with only the appropriate grade booking for their program.

If more information is needed please email safetyvillage@drps.ca. Booking requests left on voicemail will not be accepted.

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Grade 1: Personal Safety and 911

The students will receive instruction on personal safety, 911 along with a hands-on 911 call so they can learn how to talk to the operator, and a scavenger hunt, all in 90 minute classes. The students are reminded to follow all pedestrian rules prior to going out into the Village.

Q. What do you do when you come to a crosswalk?
A. Stop, look both ways, listen for traffic and only cross when it is safe!

Q. What do you do at the traffic lights?
A. Red light/red pedestrian light: stop, look both ways, listen to be safe while waiting for the green light. Green light/white walk light: stop, look and listen, make sure it is safe to cross, then cross. Amber light/flashing red pedestrian light: just into cross walk, go back; half way across, keep going safely, watching for cars as you go.

Q. What do you do at a stop sign?
A. Stop, look and listen, only cross when it is safe!

Program runs September to December.

Grade 2: Vehicle and pedestrian safety

The program consists of an in-class session, providing an overview of traffic safety rules, rules of the road and pedestrian safety, and an outside session where the children will have the opportunity to drive the miniature electric jeeps. They will also walk around the Village doing scavenger hunts and practicing their pedestrian safety rules. During the lesson the children are shown various signs, train crossing and traffic lights as they go through the rules. The rules are talked about from a pedestrian’s and a motorist’s point of view. Children learn that you should make eye contact with other motorists and pedestrians to make sure that you are seen and safe! The students are asked how many ear buds should they have in their ears listening to music? They learn that none is best but at the very most only one so that they can hear what is going on around them. They learn about the car radio and distracted driving in the same manner with the radio on low and no cell phone use while driving or even stopped for a red light or stop sign!

Q. What do you do when you come to a crosswalk?
A. Stop, look both ways, listen for traffic and only cross when it is safe!

Q. What do you do at the traffic lights?
A. Red light/red pedestrian light: stop, look both ways, listen to be safe while waiting for the green light. Green light/white walk light: stop, look and listen, make sure it is safe to cross, then cross. Amber light/flashing red pedestrian light: just into cross walk, go back; half way across, keep going safely, watching for cars as you go.

Q. What do you do at a stop sign?
A. Stop, look and listen, only cross when it is safe!

Q. What do you do at a railway crossing?
A. Stop, look and listen and only go when it is safe. The lesson talks about stopping at every rail crossing even if the swing arms are up and the lights are not activated, because sometimes the safety equipment may be broken even though it is checked constantly. We also talk about a young man in Oshawa who was walking home one day and was listening to his music with two ear buds, texting and had his hoodie up, he did not hear, or see that a train was coming, nor did he hear or see the people trying to warn him. The young man walked out in front of the train and was killed. The students learn that they can only have one ear bud, head up looking around and hoodie down for better vision.

Q. What do you do at a yield sign?
A. Slow down as you are driving, look up and down the road to see if there are any vehicles coming, check to see if there is anyone waiting to cross. If there is no one waiting to cross and there are no vehicles coming down the road you can keep going slowly. But if there is someone waiting to cross or there is a car coming down the road students are taught to “yield” which is a fancy word for stop. Then the students must stop, look and listen, and can only go when it is safe!

Program runs from September to November.

Grade 3: Bicycle and Helmet Safety

Students will learn bicycle and helmet safety. They too go out into the Village to practice what they have learned riding on bikes and checking their helmets for fit and damage. These students review the traffic rules (as in the Grade 2 program) and learn that their bicycle is a vehicle and that they need to be responsible and careful when riding.

The students learn the importance of wearing a properly fitted and damage free helmet for protection in the event of an accident. Parents get involved by checking the student’s helmets for damage and fit. The students then have the opportunity to go out on bicycles and put to practice what they have learned out in the Village, in a safe environment where mistakes can be corrected before they are involved in an accident. The students also explore the Village with a scavenger hunt, while the parents and teachers help to re-enforce the learning by handing out tickets for both good and bad riding and pedestrian traffic.

Program runs April to June.

Grade 5: Graffiti Education

Students will learn that graffiti is more than what meets the eye! Students will be given a history lesson on graffiti's origins, what it has become today and the laws affecting graffiti. By the end of the 90-minute program, students will have a new understanding and respect for doing graffiti legally and having a fun hands on experience!

Program runs January to March.