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 25, 2014. 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.
Southlake Police Officers will be patrolling schools within the City to help ensure that drivers slow down and keep and eye out for children travelling to and from school. “Drivers are reminded to take extra precautions and watch for children crossing streets, intersections and crosswalks near school zones. We want everyone to do their part to make sure students arrive to school safely,” said Police Chief Stephen Mylett.
Parents might also want to check for any changes in traffic patterns near schools and even “time” their route if they will be traveling near construction zones. And lastly, remember to obey all traffic warning signs including “no cell phone use” when lights are flashing in school zones.
For parents new to Southlake we want you to know that all of our SRO’s are seasoned police officers with advanced Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education (TCLEOSE) certifications. An SRO will be on each campus to assist students and teachers when classes begin as well as throughout the school year. Chief Mylett adds, “The presence of our SRO’s at each campus adds another layer of safety and security to our schools and helps to provide support and encouragement to students, parents and faculty.”
We hope that you will look for opportunities to meet your child’s School Resource Officer during the many ‘Back to School’ events. “Our goal is to give students, parents and teachers the tools they need to provide the best environment for children to feel safe and one in which they can learn and thrive,” said Police Chief Mylett.
Working together we can ensure a safe and successful school year for everyone!