Pedestrian Safety Message from Superintendent Campbell
September 26, 2016
Dear Federal Way Public Schools Parents and Families,
Our student-scholars’ safety is our number one priority at Federal Way Public Schools. As you may be aware, there have recently been two student pedestrian traffic incidents this school year that were preventable. With school back in session, we would like to remind all drivers, scholars and families to be aware of their surroundings. In an effort to increase awareness of student safety, this letter provides tips focused on driving awareness and walking habits.
It’s important to note school zones are in place to alert drivers, save lives, and prevent serious injuries near schools. As we enter the fall and winter months, the early mornings and later afternoons will be darker as students go to and from school. We must be extra diligent when driving during these times.
I encourage drivers in our community to take the following precautions on our roads, especially around schools:
• SLOW down and be very alert to the actions of other drivers, and pedestrians.
• Pay attention to the speed limit which in school zones are 20 MPH; abide by the limit and look out for pedestrians, keeping your foot on the brake.
• Never pass a vehicle stopped for pedestrians.
• Don't block the crosswalk when stopped at a red light or waiting to make a turn, forcing pedestrians to go around you; this could put them in the path of moving traffic.
I encourage you to remind your children about the following walking habits to help keep them safe:
• Pay attention to your surroundings — do not wear earbuds and put cell phones away.
• Use established walking paths and sidewalks only.
• Look both ways before and during crossing the street; do not assume a driver sees you.
• When crossing a street, use designated crosswalks and cross WITH the light.
• If you walk on an overcast day or when the light is dim, wear light-colored clothing and/or clothing with reflective material so you can be seen better.
• If you ride a bike, skateboard or roller blades, always wear helmets and protective clothing; put reflectors on your bike and shoes.
• Try to walk with a friend or group of friends; stay on a walking route approved by parents and go directly to and from school; don’t take shortcuts or stop at a friend’s house without checking with parents first.
• Be a good model of safety for your friends, and show you care by following the rules.
It takes all of us — the greater Federal Way community — to ensure each of our scholar’s safe arrival to school. Thank you for taking your part. Our students’ safe arrival to and from school is paramount. We would also like to thank our Federal Way Police Department and other law enforcement agencies for enhancing communication efforts around student safety.
Dr. Tammy Campbell, Superintendent