“Too often I hear of or have to deal with parents who are late for work or an appointment causing them to act inappropriately or more importantly in an unsafe manner. The parking lot should be looked at as a sanctuary for the children…”
As we get into the swing of the New Year I would like to offer a few suggestions to make this year both safe and enjoyable. As we all know, most of the school campus parking lots are frustrating during drop off and pick up times. I know that each of us parents are worried about getting our children to school on time and safely. Keeping this in mind, we need to be extra patient while driving our children to and from school for the sake of ALL the children attending. Too often I hear of or have to deal with parents who are late for work or an appointment causing them to act inappropriately or more importantly in an unsafe manner. The parking lot should be looked at as a sanctuary for the children to safely ingress and egress the school and each family vehicle. Please follow the directions of the school staff and keep your eye ever vigilant for that little blessed sole that is overly excited to come to school or go home. Nothing is more welcoming than a huge smile and a hug from a happy and safe son or daughter!
In keeping in the spirit of safety, I know that many students either ride a bicycle, scooter or skateboard to school. Safety for these children should also be scrutinized due to their close proximity of traffic and the various hazards (often rider induced) on the trip to and from school. With that being said, it IS the law that each child under the age of 18 MUST wear a helmet when riding the following: Bicycle, skateboard, scooter and roller blades. If a family is unable to supply a helmet to their child, contact me through your school’s office staff and I will find a helmet for your child.
I am asked many questions every day and I wanted to pick one of those questions to address.
Q: At what point can you go through a crosswalk when a student is in the crosswalk?
A: Never. The letter of the law is that if a student is in the crosswalk, the crosswalk is the pedestrian’s domain from curb to curb. Meaning, NO vehicle shall enter the crosswalk until it is completely clear. If a crossing guard is monitoring the crosswalk, no car shall enter the crosswalk until the crossing guard has cleared the street and is back on the sidewalk.
On the same note, PLEASE remind your students not to meander in the crosswalk. Walk from one side to the other with a purpose. Safety in the street is NOT just the responsibility of the drivers but of the pedestrians also.
–Deputy Crone, PVSD Resource Officer