School Zone Snow Removal
When it snows, we grade school zones at elementary and high schools and the snow stays in piles in the parking lane, except for the loading zone. Our operators avoid peak drop-off and pick-up times for everyone's safety. The snow cleared from the school loading zones is stored on the opposite side of the street or down the block in snow piles.
School Zone snow removal activated December 3, 2022
Snow removal in school zones is scheduled for this week. Watch for No Parking signs and remove all vehicles parked by a snow pile between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. beginning the posted date. Thank you for your cooperation.
What you can expect from us
- We measure the height of snow piles in school zones once all priority streets grading is complete (within 72 hours after a snowfall ends).
- City or contractor crews remove the piles within 72 hours once the average height of snow piles is 60 centimetres.
- We remove snow piles across the street and within the same block of the school for better visibility of children being dropped-off and picked-up from school.
How you can help us
- For their safety, keep children off the snow piles. They are not as sturdy as they can appear and it's easy to lose footing and fall into traffic or be injured.
- Be courteous and do not block traffic by parking beside a windrow. It makes it difficult for drivers to see children who may be crossing the street.
- Watch for No Parking signs posted up to 24 hours in advance of snow removal and move your vehicle so we can access the snow piles.
- Obey the No U-turn bylaw in school zones.
Frequently asked questions
Why isn’t the snow removed from school zones every time the snow is graded?
Snow removal is very costly and uses different equipment than we use for grading. It costs around $90,000 to remove snow in school zones each time this work is done. It's an average that includes the time, equipment and hauling costs for snow removal. This happens 2-3 times each winter, as the snow piles reach a max height.
Why was there a parking restriction for snow removal and then the snow wasn't removed?
Our crews approach each task with best intentions; however, issues come up that can keep them from completed all the work as planed. If the snow wasn't removed on the date posted, the No Parking sign will be replaced with a fresh sign and new date.
Snow removal was completed on my street but there is a pile of snow remaining
- Vehicles parked in front of snow piles after 6 p.m. on the scheduled evening can prevent access for our crews. The grader operators may return that evening or the snow removal will be rescheduled.
- The goal for removing snow piles is to increase visibility for children during pick-up and drop-off. We only remove snow piles across the street and within the same block of the school.
- Operators are skilled at lifting their grader arm to keep this space clear; however, large chunks of hard snow can fall from the piles onto sidewalks and driveway entrances. Please contact our customer care centre at 306-975-2476 or send a picture to email@example.com with a request.
- Generally, the resident is responsible for clearing a ridge of snow left across a driveway after street snow grading; however, in situations where the snow pushed by the grader prevents someone from accessing their driveway, we will inspect the location and come back to clear it.