Sunrise Parents and Guardians:
We are continuing to experience issues related to traffic safety during arrival and dismissal. Poor traffic safety translates into increased risk for student safety. The primary issues are drivers making U turns, double-parking, having children walk between parked & loading cars to enter vehicles on the street, excessive speed, and failure to heed crossing guards at the crosswalks. Flashing yellow lights have been installed in two locations on Anatolia and in one location on Cobble Brook by the City to alert drivers to the need to drive safely. The school has sent home multiple notifications in regard to these on-going safety issues.
In recent weeks, the Rancho Cordova Police Department has received several parent and community calls in regard to safety concerns about drivers breaking the law during our peak periods. We now have a police officer assigned to our school. He will be visiting on a regular basis to monitor traffic, give warnings, and to issue citations. You may have seen him on Cobble Brook this morning. Please be attentive to adhering to the rules of the road.
The officer will also be working with the students that ride their bicycles to school to ensure that they are wearing helmets. Helmets are required for any child under the age of eighteen. The Rancho Cordova Police Department has free helmets available for children of city residents. The fine for not wearing a helmet is $100, payable by parents. I shared this information with students during morning announcements today.
If we all work together and are conscientious about adherence to traffic safety laws, we can have safe students and minimize the press of traffic congestion at arrival and dismissal.