Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Welcome Back SRO Cheryl Womack

We’d like to welcome back Cheryl Womack to the Southlake Police Department’s School Resource Officer program (SRO). SRO Womack will be returning to Carroll ISD’s Johnson Elementary School on Tuesday, October 11, after a brief absence.

SRO Womack is looking forward to being reunited with her former students and meeting new students. “I really enjoy making a positive impact on students at the elementary school level. They are so eager to learn and do well in school and I am proud to be a part of that process,” said SRO Womack.

SRO Womack has been in law enforcement for more than 22 years. She holds a Master Peace Officer certification, Firearms Instructor certification, TCOLE Instructor certification, Crisis Negotiator certification, as well as being the recipient of several awards during her career as a police officer.

SROs have become a welcomed fixture on every CISD campus. They work in partnership with the Carroll Independent School District’s (CISD) staff, teachers, and parents, and their presence allows students and teachers to learn and teach in a safe environment. In addition to providing safety and security, SROs look for ways to build positive relationships with students and to help reinforce good behavior. The SRO program assists with student development by allowing SROs to fully engage students in learning about problem solving, life skills and crime prevention measures. Some of the specific topics include: age-appropriate cell phone use and safety, cyber-bullying, online computer safety and much more.

All Southlake School Resource Officers are experienced police officers. In addition to general law enforcement training, they receive specialized training before becoming an SRO. This training includes but is not limited to: instruction in Juvenile Law, Autism Awareness, Sexual Assault and Family Violence, Active Shooter Training, and other related courses.

If you would like to know more about our SRO program, feel free to talk with the SRO at your child’s school or contact the SRO supervisor, Sergeant John Stokes at jstokes@ci.southlake.tx.us.

New Traffic Signal and Traffic Plan for Carroll High School

Parents and teens, are you ready? Classes for Carroll ISD schools begin next week on Monday, August 22!

The Southlake Police Department, along with the City and Carroll ISD leadership, are working to ensure parents and teens are aware of the new traffic signal at the north entrance of Carroll High School on White Chapel.

The traffic signal is part of the North White Chapel improvement project. The City commissioned a traffic study for this project, which noted there is adequate pedestrian foot traffic to warrant a crossing signal at Ascot and White Chapel.

The new traffic signal is a significant change for drivers who will be dropping-off or picking-up students at CHS. It’s important that drivers take a look at the *attached map and become familiar with the flow of traffic and follow the directions as shown.

North Entrance

  • A new traffic light will be installed and operational at the north entrance to CHS
  • The traffic signal will operate fully during peak drop-off and pick-up times at CHS
  • During non-peak times, the light will flash red for CHS/Ascot vehicles. Please stop then proceed with caution if no traffic on White Chapel. (During non-peak times the traffic light flashes yellow for vehicles traveling north or south on White Chapel.)
  • Drivers may turn left or right on White Chapel or go forward onto Ascot exiting CHS
  • Buses will exit the front drive onto this entrance before and after school
  • If turning north, please yield to buses so they may stay on schedule
  • The student drop-off is on the northwest corner of the building (Cafeteria loop)
  • Student parking will use the north entrance

South Entrance

  • Traffic may exit Right Turn Only onto White Chapel (South)
  • There are two student drop-off locations:
  1. The south entrance to the campus
  2. The athletic entrance on the west side

Front of Building

  • The front circle will be the Bus Pickup & Drop-off ONLY location before and after school
  • No cars may pass a parked bus in the front circle
  • No cars may park on the school side of the front circle from 7:30-8:15 a.m. or 3:00-3:50 p.m.

The Southlake Police Department will have its School Resource Officer, Officer David Tatsak, on site to help keep traffic moving efficiently. Drivers can assist officers by adhering to the traffic pattern outlined on the map.

Police Chief James Brandon says, “This will greatly ensure a smooth transition during peak drop-off and pick-up times. There will also be a significant police presence around the school to make sure everyone obeys the traffic laws. The safety of our kids is of the utmost importance.” Additionally, if your child is walking to and from school, they are encouraged to use the crosswalk at the new light.

Additional police officers, along with SROs, will be on hand at all CISD schools during the first weeks of school. Parents are encouraged to allow extra travel time when dropping-off or picking-up children from school to allow for any construction in the area or heavy traffic.

If you have any questions, please contact our Office of Traffic Management at (817) 748-8130 or message us on the DPS Facebook page.

CHS Traffic Flow Plan 2016-17 (dragged)

Back-to-School News and Traffic Information

Parents and kids are enjoying the last few weeks of summer before heading back-to-school!  Preparations are already underway for Carroll Independent School teachers and administrators. If you don’t have it marked yet on your calendar, the first day of school for CISD students is Monday, August 22, 2016.

The Southlake Police Department is also busy preparing and planning for back-to-school traffic. School Resource Officers (SROs) will be on campus to help keep traffic moving smoothly as parents drop off and pick-up their children.

A School Resource Officer will be on each campus to assist students and teachers when classes begin, as well as throughout the school year. We hope that you will look for opportunities to meet your child’s SRO during ‘Back-to-School’ events. If you are new to the school district and want to learn more about your child’s SRO we have provided a link for you School Resource Officers (SROs).

During the first week of school, additional police officers will help keep an eye on traffic in and around area schools. Officers will make sure drivers slow down and watch for students getting into and out of vehicles or buses near school zones.

Drivers are also reminded to use extra caution and watch for children on bicycles crossing streets and intersections. “Our number one priority is to make sure students arrive safely to school. Drivers can help keep our children safe by planning ahead and allowing themselves extra time to get to their destination,” said Police Chief James Brandon.

And in if parents haven’t heard yet, contractors are preparing for the installation of a new traffic signal light at the North White Chapel and Ascot Drive intersection. Crews are working to get the signal installed and operational prior to the start of the school year. Once installed, the signal will help ensure the safety of students crossing the street at this location as well as help manage traffic along North White Chapel Boulevard. Updates on the progress of the signal installation will be provided weekly and posted to mysouthlakenews.com and the DPS and City’s social media sites.

The Southlake Police Department also has a few tips to help drivers and parents navigate the first week back-to-school:

  • Parents – check for any changes in traffic patterns near your child’s school and make adjustments for any road construction in the area.
  • It also might be a good idea to ‘time’ the route you would normally take to allow yourself enough drive time for the first week of school as traffic will increase before and after school.
  • All drivers – **Remember to obey all traffic warning signs including “no cell phone use” when lights are flashing in school zones.
  • The first home football game is Friday night, August 26. Watch for traffic plans for Carroll ISD home games.

You can find more information on Carroll ISD’s start time for classes and additional back-to-school information.

Working together, we can ensure a safe and successful school year for everyone.

 

 

 

"Kids Take Over the School Day"

Interim Police Chief James Brandon and School Resource Officer Frank LaGrassa are pleased to welcome Southlake’s latest recruit, SRO student John Hicks. Today. SRO Hicks will be shadowing SRO LaGrassa as they deliver library notices, help during lunch time, and walk the halls keeping things safe at Walnut Grove.

SROs Frank LaGrassa and student SRO John Hicks

SROs Frank LaGrassa and student SRO John Hicks

Several students at Walnut Grove Elementary School have new roles for the day as the school celebrates, ‘Kids Take Over The School Day.’ These students were excited to share the day with their adult counterparts and get a first hand view of their tasks.

Let’s introduce your to your new school education team for Friday, May 29, 2015:

Austin Etheridge as the Superintendant
Jackson Dockal as the Principal
Evan Watts as the Assistant Principal
Marcus Nguyen as a Science Teacher
John Hicks as the student School Resource Officer