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PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Wood, Donna

Public Information Officer 
News Date: 10/23/2012 

 School Crossing Guard to be Removed-PUBLIC NOTICE 

The school crossing located at Lake Ruth Boulevard and Clower Street is no longer being utilized by elementary students walking to Floral Avenue Elementary School; therefore eliminating the need for the crossing guard at that location. 

This decision was made by the School Crossing Guard Committee, following a survey of the location and a confirmation that no children are crossing at that location during their walk to and from school.  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, Sheriff’s School Crossing Guard supervisors communicate with the principal of the affected school to inform them of the action taken.  In addition, the principal is reminded to notify the supervisors if the situation changes and children begin using the crossing again.  In that case, the crossing would again be staffed by a crossing guard or some alternative method for ensuring the safe arrival of children at the school will be determined.

The school crossing guard at this location will be removed effective November 2, 2012.

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.