It’s hard to believe September is upon us and with it, the advent of a new school year. I write this post to remind all residents of the importance traffic safety plays in maintaining a safe environment for all of our community’s children. The Pandemic has, unfortunately, changed many of the traditions our community participates in, the first days of school will be evidence such.
The days of teachers and school personnel lined up at the curb, of Briarwood and Brooklake Schools, to greet your children to their first days of school and assist them from your vehicles will be replaced by you having to get them from your vehicles to prevent teachers and staff from high contact areas. This new procedure will inevitably add to the amount of time vehicles are lined up in front of the schools causing delays and traffic issues that will spill into the surrounding residential streets. I implore all residents to be patient both on school property and on the residential streets surrounding the same, as we anticipate and encourage families to walk their children to school, if possible, to alleviate the vehicular congestion on school property. Parking is permitted on the residential streets in close proximity to Briarwood School and we encourage parents to park in those locations.
The modified school schedule will also impact the way the Police Department interacts with your children in the schools. Our participation in their educational process will be limited in order for them to receive their core curriculum requirements. We have been working with the Superintendent of Schools to plan for time, when feasible, to continue our educational programs while strengthening our relationships and bonds forged with our community’s children, which we believe contributes to the long term success of this Borough.
While the pandemic has affected all of us in different ways, the Police Department’s commitment to the school community and this community’s children has not wavered. Each of our schools will continue to be visited frequently throughout the day by our officers. SLEO III Officers will be assigned to each school for the duration of the school day and our School Resource Officers will continue to be assigned to the schools for the entirety of the school day.
The health, wellbeing and safety of the schools, staff and children is a community commitment, an effort that all members of the community must participate in for it to be effective. There will be a significant police presence in and around the schools with little tolerance for parking and traffic violations that put that school community safety at risk. Please adhere to all traffic laws, No Parking signs, Fire Zone Parking, Handicapped Parking and pedestrian safety.
I will be with my officers in the school zones and look forward to seeing all of you and your children as we embark upon this new school year together as one community.
Chief of Police
September 13, 2020