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Parking, Drop-off, and Curb Safety

GET INVOLVED: SAFETY PATROL AND THE SAFETY COMMITTEE

SAFETY PATROL

 

Safety Patrol volunteers are trained fourth- and fifth-grade students who staff the morning drop-and-go lanes. Watch Outlook and Konstella in the Spring for applications to join Safety Patrol, or contact Safety Patrol Coordinator Andrea Beil via Konstella.

 

 

SAFETY COMMITTEE

 

The committee includes PTA parents, administrators, neighbors, and faculty and is advised by city public safety officers. Our goal is to work together to make sure Otis is, first, a safe, and second, an efficient, place for students, families, and staff during arrival and pickup at the start and end of each school day. The committee welcomes your input, ideas, and concerns. Watch Outlook and Konstella for posts about meeting times, or contact Safety Committee Chair Don Hull via Konstella

 

 

AAA SAFETY TRAINING 

 

Coming soon!

 

 

AAP POSITION ON SCHOOL ZONE IMPROVEMENTS

 

From the American Association of Pediatrics (AAP) School Transportation Safety

Committee on Injury, Violence, and Poison Prevention and Council on School Health

School-zone improvements … enhance the safety of all schoolchildren whether they walk, bike, take the school bus, or are dropped off and picked up with a passenger vehicle. These measures include marked drop-off and pick-up areas that are separate from school buses, school-zone speed-limit enforcement at 25 miles/hour, development of safe routes to school, and well-trained adult crossing guards. Crossing guards have been effective in improving pedestrian safety and have improved speed compliance and traffic control. The NHTSA issued guidelines for a uniform approach for traffic controls for school areas that were designed to enhance the safety of pedestrians. These guidelines further recommend that a school-route travel plan be developed systematically by school, law enforcement, and traffic officials. A multidisciplinary approach, involving school administrators, parent-teacher organizations, city planners, and law enforcement that includes infrastructure design as well as education of both students and drivers, offers potential to decrease death and injury to children in school zones. The AAP recommends the implementation of measures to improve the environmental infrastructure, including student supervision and crossing guards.