Students aren’t the only one gearing up for the start of school. Chief Michael L. Lyle reports that the Melrose Police Department has several safety endeavors prepared for the beginning of the new academic year.
The first day of school for students in the Melrose Public Schools District is Sept. 1.
Melrose police will be visiting the Horace Mann, Hoover, Lincoln, Roosevelt, and Winthrop elementary schools during the first week of classes to meet students and talk about best safety practices.
“We certainly want to take the time to speak with our younger community members to educate them on how they can remain safe while in school and away from home,” Chief Lyle said. “Safety is a our number one priority and we hope students have a smooth transition come September.”
Police officers will also be present around the elementary schools during the first few days of school and will be available to answer parents or guardians’ questions. Traffic supervisors will be out to ensure students safely cross the street.
School Resource Officer Jim Applegate will be out and around the Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School and Melrose High School as students make their way to class the first week of school. Officer Applegate is also permanently stationed at both schools to interact with students and provide guidance on any safety related matters.
Additionally, Chief Lyle recommends parents and guardians take a moment to review several procedures outlined by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) to prevent accidents this school season.
Most injuries to children in kindergarten through third grade occur when they run into the street mid-block, while older students are most often hurt at intersections. To prevent potential tragedies, children should:
- Be aware of pedestrian hazards and how to avoid them
- Know traffic signs and signals, and safe walking zones
- Wait for the “walk” signal at a crosswalk, or for a crossing guard to signal the OK to proceed into the street