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Barricades make school safer

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Principal Jacques Labelle believes McIsaac School Ecole McIsaac is a safer place with the installation of cement barriers at the student drop-off point. The barriers were put in place last week amid concerns over motorists exiting the area in reverse Ñ and thus with decreased visibility Ñ after dropping off their children for classes. The bright yellow barricades help prevent this from occurring, as they encourage drivers to exit headlights first. Labelle said parents backing out of the area presented dangers for students who walk near the drop-off point. "But we've installed the barriers and it looks like we are having a lot of success," he said. Superintendent of Schools Blaine Veitch noted that the school division received a report of a parent who, while walking with her child by the drop-off point, had to tap on a reversing vehicle to get the driver's attention. "Her feeling was that if the driver didn't see the adult, the driver wouldn't have seen the child," he said. Superintendent Veitch said the division will continue to monitor the drop-off area and if the barricades prove to be successful in the long run, he hopes the City will allow them to remain. The barriers are located on municipal property. "If it doesn't work, we will come up with a different solution," said the superintendent. "But we feel this should work if parents cooperate."