The Medulla Elementary school crossing located at Pipkin Road and Dorman Road in Lakeland will be moved to a new location. The traffic signal at Pipkin Road and Harden Boulevard has been determined to be a safer crossing location; therefore eliminating the need for a school crossing guard.
The Bethune Academy crossing guard located at 10th Street N and Avenue I in Haines City will be removed due to adequate gaps in traffic that allow elementary students to safely cross without assistance in the morning. School staff will assist only walking children at this location in the afternoon. Car riders are encouraged to use the designated pick up and drop off areas at the school.
These decisions were made by the School Crossing Guard Committee following traffic surveys at both locations. 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 schools to inform them of the actions 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 guard at Pipkin Road and Dorman Road in Lakeland will be removed effective Monday, October 14, 2013. The guard at 10th Street N and Avenue I in Haines City will be removed effective Monday, October 21, 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.
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