REGINA – The Saskatchewan School Boards Association (SSBA) is highlighting student safety as young people across the province prepare to begin a new year of learning.
Today has been officially proclaimed as “Provincial Students’ Day” in Saskatchewan to help ensure safety is the primary consideration for students, families and communities, and especially for motorists who will be driving in and around school zones.
“The annual proclamation of Provincial Students’ Day helps to remind drivers that children and youth are back in school and that extra care for their safety is important,” said Dr. Shawn Davidson, president of the SSBA.
The Government of Saskatchewan proclaims the day each year at the SSBA’s request, with the intent of reinforcing the message of care and concern for students going back to school.
“This is an exciting time of year for the more than 190,000 students who are going back to school,” Deputy Premier and Education Minister Gordon Wyant said. “There is a lot of activity in school zones and the safety of our students and staff is of utmost importance. We encourage all drivers to be vigilant throughout the year.”
Provincial Students’ Day was first proclaimed in 2010, in response to a resolution passed by the province’s trustees at the SSBA 2009 Annual General Meeting.