Cub Pride Article by School Resource Officer Jay Jastal - January 27, 2017:
The past month while I was filling in until we found a new crossing guard, I noticed numerous traffic violations. Some of the violations I witnessed were exceeding the posted speed limit, distracted driving, improper lane use, and seatbelt and child safety restraint violations. Most of the violations I observed were not committed by teenagers but by seasoned adult drivers. On one occasion in late December, I was crossing the street with a child, and an adult driver, driving in the center turn lane while talking on a cellphone, almost hit the child and me while we were in the crosswalk. Needless to say, that resulted in a traffic stop.
Traffic laws and ordinances are established to reduce accidents and to protect citizens and must be obeyed. This time of year some children are still walking to school before dark or on foggy mornings. Slowing down and paying attention while driving, especially in and around school zones, will help ensure their safety.
In the past month, Monett Police officers have stopped or observed people drag racing and “hot-rodding” on the city streets and in the parks. One incident resulted in significant damage to the new basketball court at South Park.
You may have noticed an increased patrol presence especially during high traffic hours. This is an effort to decrease the number of traffic accidents and to increase safety on our roadways.
In the coming weeks, the Monett Police Department and other law enforcement agencies will be kicking off the Child Passenger Safety Campaign, the goal of which is to increase the use of seatbelts among children. Law enforcement officers will be out looking for seatbelt violations and enforcing seatbelt laws as well as any other traffic violations they witness.
The City of Monett has hired Terry Swanson as our crossing guard. Please help her by being observant and courteous to others on the roadways.
Slowing down, paying attention, following the laws, and avoiding distractions will go a long way in keeping our community safe.
As we start a new school year, I would like to once again remind drivers to help keep our roadways safe for our students. With new health initiatives resulting in more and more children walking and riding bicycles to and from school, drivers must be extra cautious and avoid dangerous distractions in areas where children may be walking or riding their bikes.
Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of motor vehicle accidents. In Missouri, we now have laws prohibiting the use of electronic communication devices for some classes of drivers.
Speeding drivers add to the dangers for pedestrians and cyclists. Speed limits are established to reduce accidents and to protect citizens and must be obeyed. Slowing down and paying attention while driving, especially in and around school zones, will help ensure the safety of our children.
In the coming weeks, the Monett Police Department and other law enforcement agencies will be kicking off the Child Passenger Safety campaign, the goal of which is to increase the use of seatbelts among children. Law enforcement officers will be out looking for seatbelt violations and enforcing seatbelt law.
Slowing down, paying attention, and avoiding distractions will go a long way in keeping our children safe.
Minutes of District Safety Committee Meeting
District Safety Committee Meeting
May 13, 2014
The meeting was attended by district administrators/staff and public/parent representatives. The purpose of the meeting was to review new policy changes including:
1) Emergency Drill:
*Proposed Emergency Drill Schedule for 2014-15: Asst. Supt. Dawson went over calendar for up-coming year including expectations and highlighted activities planned for each month.
*Required Active Shooter Drill: Faculty/staff active shooter training is being planned for the up-coming year. School Resource Officer Jay Jastal reviewed the highlights of what the active shooter drills will look like and how those procedures will take place. He also reviewed the modified active shooter policy.
2) Crisis Intervention Plans:
*Special Population Student Disabilities/Medications: Mr. Dawson reviewed the need for the lists of this particular group of students and required meds.
*Shelter-in-place up to 72 hours: Dawson reviewed the modified policy.
3) Building and Ground Security:
*Maintain list of employees/service people with access to district buildings. Joe Fox will be compiling the master list.
*Firearms prohibited, except for authorized law enforcement officials
Each building reported on their relocation, reunification procedures, and student tracking procedures for each campus-specific site.
Mike Dawson reviewed:
*New Emergency Classroom Flip Chart 2014-15:
*New Mobile App: Campus Conduct Hotline for reporting of incidents/situations
*FEMA Shelters Update: Mr. Dawson reported on the timeline regarding the construction of the shelters.
Student/Worker Safety Review given by Joe Fox:
*Missouri Employee Mutual walk-through information
*Edu Safe - final report for Central Park Elementary
*Aramark safety - update on steps that will be taken in accordance with Edu Safe Audit.
Safety Committee Update
Safety Committee 10.30.13
At this meeting, buildings shared how and where students would “reunify” in case of an emergency situation. School reunification letters have been posted on the district website. In addition, the committee reviewed “sheltering” procedures as a response to threatening weather. Central Park, Monett Intermediate, and Monett Middle School indicated that the new access points (front door locks and cameras) have been positively received by teachers and patrons. Mr. Miller, Director of Scott Regional Technology Center, discussed the new camera upgrades, which provides better resolution and better surveillance of the building. Mr. Dawson, Asst. Superintendent, reviewed the monthly drill schedule being implemented at the buildings. Lastly, Joe Fox, Director of Maintenance, provided a review of his safety procedures to review grounds and classrooms to ensure building security and resolve potential issues.
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