How to Get Here Safely
SEPTEMBER 2020: DUE TO ROAD/SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION THERE ARE SIGNIFICANT CHANGES TO OUR CAMPUS ACCESS FOR VEHICLES AND PEDESTRIANS. PLEASE SEE COMPLETE DETAILS ON THE Start of School Info for September PAGE.
We encourage students to walk to school, cycle, or use transit whenever possible.
No matter how you travel to school, remember:
the Warning bell rings at 8:34 am — Grade 8/9 Classes begin at 8:45 am; Grade 10-12 classes begin at 9:15 am.
All students should arrive at school 20 minutes early.
This provides time to complete their arrival protocols and be seated in class before the bell.
To reach campus, there are crossing signals at
- Curtis/Fell (South of campus)
- Kensington/Curtis (Southeast of campus)
- Kensington/Hammarskjold-Union (East of campus)
- Hastings/Fell (North of campus)
- Hastings/Kensington (North of campus)
There is a crosswalk at Kensington/Carnegie (across from the main doors to the South Building), but it is often difficult to cross safely here. Please use caution or walk the extra half-block to the light. SEPT 2020–This crosswalk has been closed due to road construction.
Once on campus, please be alert for cars in the driveways, parking lots, and horseshoe and use marked pathways and crosswalks. Keep the volume on your headphones low enough that you can still hear cars/bikes approach.
Campus is located on the Frances-Union Bikeway (runs East-West across Burnaby). To plan the best routes to campus, consult the Burnaby Bike Map. If you are coming long distances or if weather suddenly changes, remember that bikes are also permitted on all bus routes in Burnaby (space permitting). For details see Translink’s “Bikes on Transit” page.
There are two main bicycle racks on campus. One is at the North end of the South Building, next to the staff driveway. The other is in the North Courtyard at the top of the horseshoe. Please remember to secure your bike and equipment and to arrive at school with enough time to find another lock-up space if the racks are full.
Our school is on or close to several major bus routes including the 95 B-Line, 134, 160. If you are taking Skytrain, it is easiest to reach campus by bus from the Lake City Station or Brentwood Station (both end points of the 134 route) or by walking from Holdom station (all uphill). NOTE: SEPT 2020–The bus stop in front of the school is temporarily closed due to road construction. Please use the stops at Curtis/Kensington or Hastings/Kensington and walk.
By bus, any route that travels down Hastings Street to Kensington Avenue will drop you within blocks of campus.
Staff and students with parking privileges can use their assigned parking lots. There is NO STUDENT DROP-OFF permitted in parking lots. SEPTEMBER 2020: DUE TO CONSTRUCTION THERE IS NO LOADING PERMITTED IN FRONT OF THE SCHOOL ON KENSINGTON OR HAMMARSKJOLD.
Parent/Guardians, if you must drive your student to school, please drop them off at the following locations (green on the map):
- North of Hammarskjold-Union on Kensington Avenue
- on Curtis Street
- at the Kensington ice arena off Curtis Street
- at the sports field lot at Frances & Fell Avenue
While many students may prefer to be dropped off on Kensington Avenue in front of the school, please be advised that the volume of cars in this block can make it dangerous for pedestrians to walk to the school building. Please select another drop-off location if at all possible to ensure the safety of all students.
We also ask parents to not enter the ‘horseshoe’ at the North Building and any of the staff and student parking lots (red on the map) as it creates dangerous conditions for students trying to get to classes on time in the various areas of the campus. The ‘horseshoe’ is also a fire lane and needs to remain clear at all times.
Your cooperation will help keep all students safe and help your child arrive to classes on time.