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PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Eleazer, Carrie

Public Information Officer 
News Date: 7/10/2013 

 School Crossing Guards to be Removed - PUBLIC NOTICE 


The school crossing guards at the following locations within Polk County will be removed, effective this upcoming school year:

Sleepy Hill Road & Terra Largo - Lakeland

Main Street & Fern Road - Lakeland

Dorman Road & Nestlewood Court - Lakeland

Maple Avenue & Ansley Avenue - Bartow

Shumate Drive & Clower Street - Bartow

34th Street & Avenue R NW - Winter Haven

McLeod Road & Snooks Wardlow - Frostproof

Pine Street & Caspian Road - Poinciana 

Lake Miriam Creek & Willow Springs - Poinciana

Hemlock Road & Flounder Road - Poinciana

Halibut Road & Flouder Road - Poinciana

Halibut Road & Pine Street - Poinciana 

The decision to remove these school crossing guards was made by the School Crossing Guard Committee following traffic surveys of the locations and confirmation that 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 were removed June 5, 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.