Superintendent's Message Regarding Traffic Safety Around Schools

Dear El Segundo Families and Community Members,

As we prepare to head back to school on August 28, 2019, our school district is fortunate to have an established  partnership with the City of El Segundo and El Segundo Police Department (ESPD) to ensure safety around school sites in relation to vehicle and pedestrian traffic. They have asked the district to send out a safety reminder and update related to traveling to and from school sites for student drop-off and pick-up.

Here are some important safety reminders from ESPD:

  • Drivers and pedestrians should pay attention to the road and surroundings and refrain from cell phone usage.
  • Allow plenty of time to get to school.
  • Pedestrians should take the extra time to proceed to and use the crosswalks and intersections around schools that have crossing guards, even if it seems a little out of the way from your walking route.
  • Follow the instructions of the crossing guards.
  • Obey posted signage and road markings, as well as directions from school volunteers during drop-off and pick-up.
  • At intersections, make sure drivers and pedestrians have eye contact and are communicating with each other.
  • Be courteous and patient.
  • Be aware of street sweeping days/parking rules around your school site.

Based on feedback and input from parents and residents, the City of El Segundo also informed us that it is preparing to conduct a new Traffic and Pedestrian Safety Studyaround school sites. The estimated schedule for the study is as follows:

  • The City’s goal is to complete the study in spring 2020, along with an implementation schedule for potential improvements.
  • This fall, the City plans to hire a traffic engineering consulting firm to study the traffic and pedestrian patterns at all ESUSD school sites, in coordination with the school principals.
  • If the study recommends potential improvements, the City will implement the changes, dependent upon the complexity of the projects and available funding. 
  • Larger projects, as defined by State law, would require the City Council’s approval of the plans and a public bidding process to move forward to the construction phase.

It’s going to be a great school year! We look forward to seeing you all beginning August 28th for the start of the 2019-2020 academic year.

 

8/21/19