Traffic & Parking Regulations - Vancouver Talmud Torah

As a destination school attracting families from across Greater Vancouver, and with our growing enrollment, getting to and from our school safely and in an orderly manner is of paramount importance. Please carefully read the  instructions in the column on the right to ensure your child–and every other VTT student–benefits from the careful and considerate conduct of the each and every parent and adult. There are specific rules regarding drop-off, pick-up and neighbourhood parking that MUST be followed. These rules apply to every drop-off and pick-up — NO EXCEPTIONS!

  • Whenever possible, use the school drive-thru located in the joint VTT-BI parkade. It is the most efficient and safest way to get your children to school.
  •  With the new VTT-BI parkade, VTT no longer has an agreed upon parking arrangement with Safeway. Parking in the King Edward Mall lot is at one’s own risk.
  •  If using the parkade drive-thru in the morning, arrive a little earlier. The parkade is quiet before 8:15 a.m. Arriving a little bit before allows you quick entry and exit.
  •  If using the parkade drive-thru in the afternoon, arrive a little later. School is dismissed at 3:20. By the time students collect their belongings, say goodbye to their friends, and make their way to the parkade, it is almost 3:30. By arriving later, you reduce the amount of congestion in the parkade
  •  Listen to the people directing traffic. They know what they are doing. They also want to keep everyone safe and keep the traffic flowing. Please respect their directions.
  • For Preschool & Junior Kindergarten Half Day pick up, street parking on Oak Street is available from 9:30 AM to 3 PM.
  • Parking in front of the main office is absolutely prohibited at all times.

Vancouver Talmud Torah supports carpooling. To ease both the traffic and time burden, contact Jennifer Shecter-Balin for help in finding carpooling partners.

THE VTT-BI JOINT PARKADE

The VTT-BI Joint Parkade opened in the fall of 2015. It is located off 28th Avenue underneath Congregation Beth Israel. This is the safest and most efficient method to drop off your children in the morning and pick them up in the afternoon. We strongly encourage ALL FAMILIES to use the parkade.

The only way to safely and efficiently enter the parkade is from 26th Avenue. That is, all Talmud Torah vehicles must enter the parkade from 26th Avenue (heading east or west) and make the first right turn into the parkade (first gate). Talmud Torah families cannot enter the parkade from 28th Avenue.

While in the drive-thru, when all vehicles have stopped and it is safe to do so, students may exit their vehicles (from the passenger side). Drivers must remain in their vehicles at all times and must keep moving! VTT vehicles must exit the parkade through the second gate and turn left back onto 26th Avenue.

ENTERING THE PARKADE

The only way to safely and efficiently enter the parkade is from 26th Avenue. That is, all cars must enter the parkade from 26th Avenue (heading east or west) and then make an immediate right turn into the parkade (first gate). NEVER enter the parkade from 28th Avenue.

Once in the parkade, you have two choices:

The easiest, quickest and most efficient drop off method is to pull up to the curb and let your children out through the passenger side door. We strongly encourage families with children in Grades 2-7 to use this method as there are not enough spaces for everyone to park in the parkade. Our traffic team will assist your children out of their cars and ensure they safely enter the school. Students as young as kindergarten are capable of getting themselves into the school.

If you are planning to park—and spaces are limited—head towards P2. Families with younger children ONLY should be parking. Everyone else should use the drive thru.

EXITING THE PARKADE

There is ONLY ONE EXIT DOOR. That is gate #2 in the middle of the parkade. Follow the signs and arrows directing you to gate #2.

Once you exit the parkade, you MUST TURN LEFT and head towards 26th Avenue. You can only turn RIGHT on to 26th Avenue.

Oak Street is Dangerous

Students must never be picked up or dropped off on Oak St. Traffic is brisk and congested along Oak Street. During morning and afternoon rush hours, there is no stopping on Oak Street so please do not pull over to drop off your children.

During early dismissal Fridays, please do not park along the east side of Oak Street as this severely impedes the flow of traffic.

Do not cross Oak Street

Students who walk or take the southbound Oak Street bus should NOT cross Oak Street at West 26th Avenue. They should only cross with the traffic signal at West King Edward Avenue.

Never leave your vehicle

Never leave your vehicle unattended in the drive-thru. A smooth and efficient traffic operation relies on parents staying in their vehicles and proceeding when directed by our traffic team.

Safeway Parking Lot

Since the joint VTT-BI parkade opened in 2015, VTT no longer has a parking agreement with Safeway or King Edward Mall for use of their lot. Should one choose to park in the Safeway lot as opposed to the VTT-BI joint parkade, doing so is at one’s own risk and peril. VTT will not accept responsibility for ticketing or towing of community members’ vehicles in the Safeway lot. VTT parents do NOT have Safeway parking lot privileges.

Where to Park in the Parkade

We encourage our families–whenever possible–to use the parkade drive-thru and avoid parking in stalls as spaces are limited. Should one choose to park their vehicle, do NOT park in any spaces marked BETH ISRAEL PARKING, RESERVED OR STAFF PARKING. Your vehicle must be out of the parkade by 9 .m.

Parkade Hours

Parents will have access to the parkade in the mornings from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and in the afternoons from 2:45 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. If parents are using the drive-thru, as opposed to parking their cars, they MUST REMAIN IN THEIR VEHICLES AT ALL TIMES.

Parking in front of Office

Parking in front of the main office is prohibited at all times. This space is reserved for VTT staff only. Please do not block this space, even for a short period of time.