WHO IS THE TRANSPORT PROVIDER FOR THE SMART CAMPUS AND WHAT ARE THE CONTACT DETAILS?
M/s Katsumoto TransCorp Pte Ltd is providing school bus services for the SMART Campus.
GIIS Transport executives along with the transport operator executives would be happy to answer any queries.
Parents can contact the Transport Helpdesk at 6914 7088 or send an email to helpdesk.sg[@]globalindianschool.org for further assistance.
IS THERE A PARKING FOR VISITORS?
Visitors can avail the paid parking facility in the premises, subject to availability of parking spaces.
WHEN WILL PARENTS BE NOTIFIED ABOUT NEW BUS NUMBERS?
The school is aware that some parents will be relocating to new addresses on account of the SMART Campus. They are requested to update their address in MyGIIS portal latest by 20 June, 2018. The transport provider will then assign students to respective buses based on this information. Parents will be informed about the new bus numbers on or before 28 June.
What is the travel time for reaching the school?
The travel time to reach the school will be between 30 to 60 minutes. For most, there will a saving in travel time especially if they are travelling against the traffic.
WHICH GATE IS AUTHORISED FOR PARENTS WHO DROP THEIR CHILDREN IN PRIVATE VEHICLES?
Parents dropping off their children to school through pre-registered private cars should enter from Gate 2 located at the Punggol Field Walk roundabout, and drop them off inside the premises at Lane F drop-off point. Parents who wish to pre-register their cars to enter the school premises are required to email the vehicle LOG card to the Admissions department, and their cars would be pre-registered in the Automated Carpark entry system within 7 days of the receipt of the mail. It is mandatory to pre-register the vehicles to enter the premises.
It is advisable not to drop students at the roundabout as LTA has restricted stoppage of any vehicle in the entire stretch as this may lead to a traffic jam.
ARE THERE ANY DESIGNATED AREAS WHERE STUDENTS WOULD ALIGHT FROM OR BOARD THE SCHOOL BUSES?
Traffic experts have designed the entire 9-lane Bus Bay facility on Level 1 for convenient pick-up and drop-off of students by school buses. They come with covered parking, traffic lanes with light indicators, pedestrian zebra lights and Stop LED indicators at dedicated pedestrian crossings.
The entire Level 1 has the capacity to hold over 100 buses of all sizes, and another 100 buses can be held in open areas along the internal school roads. All 9 lanes in the facility STRICTLY cater to the needs of school buses, and dropping taxis and private cars.
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HOW DO THE STUDENTS REACH THEIR CLASSROOMS AFTER ALIGHTING FROM SCHOOL BUS OR PRIVATE CARS?
Students alighting in the bus bay area can avail the nearest escalators to reach Level 2 and Level 3.
- Over 9 elevators are provided for the comfort of students with 4 provided in ‘P’ block and 5 in provided in ‘S’ block.
- In addition, over 9 staircases have been provided and the students can access the nearest staircases to reach their respective floors.
WILL THE SCHOOL TRANSPORT BE PROVIDED FOR EXTRA REMEDIAL / INTENSIVE CLASSES AFTER SCHOOL HOURS?
As the practise currently followed, there will be no school buses provided for after school hours activities or lessons, students are encouraged to take the LRT and public transport.
WHICH PUBLIC TRANSPORT FACILITIES are available for reaching the SMART CAMPUS?
The SMART Campus is easily accessible via MRT/LRT, public buses and the school bus. It is a 500-meter walk from the Coral Edge LRT station and at a distance of 2.5 kilometres from Punggol MRT station. It takes approximately 7 minutes to drive from Punggol MRT to the Campus.
From Punggol bus interchange, students can avail bus numbers 3, 62, 83 and 85 to come to the school campus.
ARE THERE dedicated PEDESTRIAN (PD) ACCESS GATES FOR STUDENTS walking to the school?
There are three dedicated access gates for students who walk to school.
Gate PD1: Located at Punggol Field Walk roundabout, this gate is to the left of Gate 1 for Visitors' vehicles. It has a two-lane turnstile for quicker entry-exit for students who come by MRT/LRT.
Gate PD2: Located at Punggol Field Walk roundabout near Gate 2 which is dedicated for School Bus Entry.
Gate PD3: Located at Punggol East Flyover bridge. It has a single lane turnstile gate for students' entry-exit who alight public buses.
WHAT ARE THE GUIDELINES FOR VEHICULAR TRAFFIC ON ROADS APPROACHING THE SCHOOL?
Vehicular traffic near all international schools is closely monitored by LTA & relevant agencies, and traffic jams caused by vehicles is a matter of serious concern. The Punggol Field Walk road forms a major artery to school’s vehicular traffic and affects nearby residents.
To avoid any traffic jams or inconvenience to nearby residents, GIIS conducted an in-depth traffic impact study and based on which Singapore’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) adjusted the timings of over ten traffic lights in the school vicinity and on roads approaching the school to ensure smooth traffic near the school.
ARE THERE ANY RESTRICTIONS ON VEHICULAR TRAFFIC?
LTA has given very specific directives on how the vehicular traffic shall be conducted near the school. Their directives apply to all forms of vehicles including school buses, taxis, private cars and any other vehicles.
Therefore as per LTA directives, the entire PUNGGOL FIELD WALK ROAD AND ROUNDABOUT is declared a ‘NO STOPPING, NO WAITING’ zone for vehicles which is indicated by a double yellow line marked on the entire stretch of the road. Any violation of these rules will result in LTA enforcement actions. The directives need to be adhered to strictly by all vehicles that will be approaching the school.
Can I drop the students along the Punggol Field Walk road?
As per directives, no vehicles are allowed to stop or wait on the roads. Therefore, it is not possible to drop any students on this Punggol Field Walk road, especially the U stretch between the traffic lights.
WHAT ARE THE VARIOUS ENTRY/EXIT POINTS IN THE SCHOOL?
The entry and exit points are as follows:
Gate 1: Dedicated access for STAFF & VISITOR cars which will be parked inside the campus.
Gate 2: Dedicated for official school appointed school buses & private cars and taxis dropping students to school.
As per the school policy, to strengthen the security and safety of the child inside the campus, no private charter school buses of any type will be granted entry into the school premises through Gate 3.
WHAT MEASURES HAVE BEEN TAKEN TO ENSURE SAFETY OF KIDS IN LIFTS AND ESCALATORS?
Younger students below age 10, who wish to use lifts, will have two dedicated lift attendants to escort them to higher floors. Besides this, students can take the stairs to access the desired floor.
Three sets of escalators are provided in the SMART Campus. Two serve Level 1 and one is located on Level 2. The first set of escalators on Level 1 start from the Grand Entrance near the Multipurpose Hall and travel up to Visitor's Centre on Level 2. The second set of escalators on Level 1 is located at the Bus Bay area and serves the Peranakan block. It will ferry students from the Bus Bay directly to primary classes.
The third set of escalators is located near the Student Lounge at Level 2. They connect the Visitor's Centre, Gandhi Centre and Nest area to the cafeteria on Level 3. All escalators are provided with emergency 'Stop' buttons at the bottom and top landings.
ARE THERE ANY LANES FOR BUSES & CARS and HOW MANY AND WHICH ONES ARE TO BE USED?
The entire Level 1 within the school premises is a dedicated parking area for buses and cars. There are a total of 9 dedicated lanes for all types of vehicles, small school buses, big school buses, cars and taxis.
All lanes are fully equipped with Lane Entry-Exit lights to indicate whether lanes are good to enter, as well as car number detectors.
Pedestrian crossings and traffic signages are also in place to allow safety of students crossing the Bus Bay area during peak traffic hours.
WHICH LANE SHOULD be used by STUDENTs TAKING TAXI or PRIVATE CARs?
Students coming by private cars or taxis are required to ONLY enter into Lane F. Any car or taxi is NOT PERMITTED to enter any other lane, which are exclusively designed for school buses.
All Lane number markings can be seen displayed on the top of Lane Entry areas. There are signages displayed around the school roads to indicate directions towards Lane F for private taxis and cars.
WILL THERE BE SHUTTLE BUS FACILITY FOR STUDENTS from punggol mrt?
Yes there will be two free 40-seater shuttle services for students between Punggol MRT and the SMART Campus during the morning and afternoon hours. The timings are. as follows:
- From Punggol MRT to the Campus: 8:30 am in the morning.
- From Campus to Punggol MRT: 3:45 pm and 4:10 pm in the afternoon.
The services will be on first cum first served basis. Other students are requested to take the LRT which offers a smooth ride to the Punggol MRT station.
HOW DO YOUNG STUDENTS NAVIGATE THEIR WAY TO CLASSROOMS
After disembarking from the school buses, all students are advised to use the nearest staircases or escalators or lifts. Those who wish to take the lifts are advised to proceed to the lift lobbies of the P & S blocks.
HOW TO IDENTIFY FLOORS FROM THE STAIRCASE OR LIFT?
Each floor is indicated by a number which is displayed at the staircase landing as well as the lift lobby.
At the staircase lobby, signages will display the floor number prominently in English as well as in Braille, as can be seen in the image (on the left).
At lift lobbies, each signage will have the floor number indicated at the opposite end of the lift door. Each lift is also indicate by a dedicated number as displayed in the image (on the right).
DO PARENTS NEED A VISITOR PASS TO ENTER THE CAMPUS?
All parents who are visiting the campus are required to report to the guard house and thereafter proceed via Grand Entrance at the 'S' Block and take the escalator/lift to the Visitors Centre at Level 2.
CAN PARENTS VISIT THE CLASSROOM FOR DROPPING AND PICKING UP THE KIDS?
Parents are only allowed to have access to the Visitor's Centre and Gandhi Centre on an unescorted basis. Generally speaking, parents are discouraged to visit any classrooms during the school hours. However, parents who still wish to access the classrooms, are advised to approach the Visitor's Centre.
WHERE CAN PARENTS MEET UP/PICK UP THE STUDENT EARLY IN CASE OF ANY EMERGENCY?
Parents are advised to approach the Visitor's Centre, and the counsellors shall make an announcement through the PA system, requesting the student to report to the Visitor's Centre.
In case the student is sick or unwell, the parents who have come to pick up the child will have to approach the Visitor's Centre, and a counsellor shall contact the Sick Bay to request the child to report to the Visitor's Centre.
In case the child is very unwell and cannot come to the Visitor's Centre, the Visitor's Centre may request the parent to visit the Infirmary/Sick Bay.
The Infirmary/Sick Bay at 'S' Block is located next to Gandhi Centre at Level 2 and can be approached via the Nest area.
The Infirmary/Sick Bay at 'P' Block is located next to the escalator at Level 2 and can be approached via the Nest area.