Volusia adding more law enforcement to ensure safety of walkers, riders
BY JAMES HARPER
Twenty-seven Volusia County students were involved in incidents with vehicles during last year’s school year.
When schools open across the county on Monday, students will notice more law enforcement as Volusia’s sheriff announced that more officers will be added to schools “in an effort to improve the safety of students who walk, ride their bike or are driven to school every day.”
“Whether you’re a pedestrian or a driver, our message is the same: Stay alert, avoid distractions and put safety first,” Volusia County Sheriff Ben Johnson said.
“The start of the school year can be very hectic. So as we all return to our back-to-school routines, motorists and pedestrians need to be especially cautious around schools, buses and crossing zones. Everyone needs to think safety first.”
Crossing guards are being added at the Big Tree Road/Ridgewood Avenue intersection in South Daytona.
The Big Tree Road/Golfview Boulevard intersection in South Daytona will no longer have a posted crossing guard.
Tips for parents
Parents and guardians dropping off children to school are being urged to drop them off and pick them up as close to the school as possible, slow down and watch out for school zones and children walking or biking to school or congregating near bus stops.
When turning at an intersection, be sure to yield to pedestrians and cyclists. If your child is walking to school or a bus stop, plan a safe route and make sure your child knows the route and can navigate it safely.
Reminders for students
Students who ride the buses are reminded to stay out of the street while waiting for the bus and wait for the bus to come to a complete stop and the doors open before approaching the bus from the curb. After getting off the bus, students are reminded to look both ways and then move immediately onto the sidewalk and out of traffic.
Walkers and bike riders are urged to wear a properly fitted helmet at all times, use a bike that’s the right size for them, make sure not to wear loose clothing, drawstrings or shoelaces dangling while riding the bike, and walk or bike with a friend. They also are reminded to cross at intersections.
Volusia County Schools Transportation Department provides the most accurate school bus routes and demographical information.
To ride school buses, students still must live outside of the two-mile walk zone to be eligible for transportation.
Dress code still in effect
Parents and students are reminded the dress code adopted last year has been tweaked and is still in effect.
No caps, visors, hoods, bandanas or other headgear will be allowed except with administrative permission.
All garments must cover shoulder to shoulder.
No rips/tears or skintight items are allowed.
All garments must be long enough to clearly overlap the beltline or stay tucked.
No halter-tops, tank tops, spaghetti straps or muscle shirts are permitted.
Undergarments and buttocks must remain entirely covered even while seated.
Dresses, skirts and shorts must be at least mid-thigh or below in length.