a.. School Safety Tips Our schools are centers of the community as well as centers of learning. Our schools should also be centers of an active partnership forMessage 1 of 1 , Sep 1, 2008View Source
- School Safety Tips
Our schools are centers of the community as well as centers of learning. Our schools should also be centers of an active partnership for promoting neighborhood safety. With that in mind, I'd like to offer a few ideas on how you can help keep your children, your school and your neighborhood safe.
- Create and Maintain a School Safety Zone:
The District of Columbia and the Metropolitan Police Department has a Safe School Zone Act and is designed to help ensure that criminal activities don't occur in or around our schools, in part by increasing the penalties for such activities. But "Safe School Zone" signs alone aren't enough; parents and other community residents need to be actively involved in creating safety zones. Parent patrols are an effective way of ensuring that the areas around our schools are free from crime. Parents, community residents and school staff monitor and observe all
activities in and around schools and can serve as a powerful deterrent to criminal activity.
Get involved with your school's Parent Patrol or help organize one.
- Attend Your Childs school parents, teachers meetings.
The parents, teachers meetings can follow cases of concern to the community through the court process. Working with the subcommittee, parent groups can help ensure that the
court system imposes stiff penalties for violations of Safe Zone laws.
- Check Your Children's Route to School for Hazards:
Abandoned buildings, abandoned cars and uncleared vacant lots can pose a danger to your children. Not only can these seem to your children to be exciting places
to play, they can often become centers for criminal activity. Another benefit of Walking with your children to school is that it can help to identify such conditions on your children's
route to and from school and report them to your beat officers or school administrator. Working together with the Police and other City agencies, you can ensure that these kinds of hazards
are removed from your neighborhood.
- Make Sure Your Children Are in School Every Day:
Youngsters are most likely to get into trouble when they are not in school when they should be. Try to sit down and have a 10 minute conversation with your children
every day about what they did in school. Not only will this help you to ensure that your children are going to school, it can help you identify problems or challenges
that your children may be facing and help them to address those problems. Also make sure that your children's school has a well-developed anti-truancy policy that
can help you address truancy problems should they occur, which MPDC has.
- Ensure that Your Children Have Something to do and Somewhere to go After School:
There are a variety of activities available to broaden your children's interests and abilities as well as provide a safe place to be after school. Some of the district of Columbia Public
Schools offer after-school programs and activities, in areas such as art, music and sports. In addition, the recreational Parks sponsors a wide range of activities at
park facilities throughout the city. Other programs include the metropolitan police boys and girls club.
The metropolitan Police Department wants to make sure that this school year is a safe one for all of the Washington dc's school children and hopes that these tips will help achieve
that goal. If you need more information on how you can get involved in keeping your neighborhood safe, call or go to the nearest police district and talk to an officer or someone.
FTO K. A. SODIMU.
(FIELD TRAINING OFFICER )
M. P. D. C.
P. S. A.-- 401.
Some materials have been compiled from a variety of sources, and are subject to change without notice. I do not warrant or make any representations as to the quality, content, accuracy, or completeness of the information.http://www.mpdc.dc.gov/
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