Parents and kids are enjoying their last few weeks of summer fun before school starts later this month. The first day of school for students in the Carroll Independent School District is Monday, August 26, 2013. The Southlake Police Department would like to remind residents to plan ahead by adding extra time to their daily commute as traffic will increase before and after school.
Drivers are reminded to take extra precautions and watch for children crossing streets and intersections. “We want to make sure students arrive to school safely. Officers will be patrolling area schools to help ensure that drivers slow down and watch for children in crosswalks, and as they get into and out of vehicles near school zones,” said Police Chief Stephen Mylett. Parents might also want to double check for any changes in traffic patterns near schools and “time” their route if they will be traveling near construction zones and remember to obey all traffic warning signs including “no cell phone use” when lights are flashing in school zones.
One of the biggest changes this year is the addition of more School Resource Officer’s or SRO’s when classes begin at the end of the month. An SRO will be in every school in the Carroll Independent School District for the first time ever. The process of selecting the top candidates for the job began earlier this year following a recommendation by a safety and security task force was led by Southlake Mayor John Terrell. The task force was commissioned following the tragic shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut. Task force members includee representatives from the City of Southlake, Carroll Indpendent School District, private business, federal law enforcement, private citizens, and the faith based community.
Parents will have a chance to meet the new SRO’s at CISD’s Safety Fair on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 from 4pm – 6pm at the Carroll High School located at 800 N. White Chapel. Chief Mylett hopes everyone will take this opportunity to get to know their individual School Resource Officer. The event will be very informative and parents will receive handouts regarding the SRO program as well as a brochure on Parent’s Bill of Rights. Chief Mylett says, “We want to give parents and teachers the tools they need to provide the best environment for children to feel safe so that they can learn and thrive.”
The officers selected for the SRO program were chosen based on their experience as seasoned Texas police officers with advanced Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education (TCLEOSE) certifications. Mylett adds, “The presence of our SRO’s will add another layer of safety and security to our schools and help provide support and encouragement to Carroll ISD students and faculty.”
Don’t forget to join us for the Carroll ISD Safety Fair on Wednesday, August 21 from 4-6 p.m. at Carroll High School. Working together we can ensure a safe and successful school year for everyone.