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PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Wood, Donna

Public Information Officer 
News Date: 9/13/2013 

 School Crossing Guard to be Removed-PUBLIC NOTICE 

The school crossing guards at the following locations in Winter Haven will be removed  due to adequate gaps in traffic and low traffic volume; therefore eliminating the need for the crossing guard. 

Garner Elementary                         26th St. and Avenue R NW

Lake Shipp Elementary                Camellia Drive SW and Cooley Road

The decision was made by the School Crossing Guard Committee, following a survey of the locations and a confirmation that Elementary School students can cross safely without assistance. This committee is comprised of representatives from the School Board, the Florida Department of Transportation, the Board of County Commissioners Traffic Engineering Division, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, and a number of the municipalities within Polk County.

As a matter of procedure, the School Crossing Guard Committee communicates with the principal of the affected school to inform them of the action taken.  In addition, the principal is reminded to notify members of the committee if the situation changes at which time another survey would be conducted.

The school crossing guards at these locations will be removed effective September 27, 2013. 

While this review process occurs throughout the year, deputies patrol school zones daily as a reminder to motorists that caution is critical.  Please remember that fines are doubled in school zones and that all law enforcement members take the safety of children very seriously.  As a responsible motorist, so should you.

Please Help Us Keep School Zones Safe.