The start of the academic year at Glendale schools this week generated the usual excitement about new friends and new teachers. But it also brought with it the heavy traffic that plagues school sites during morning drop-off and afternoon pickup times.
“In the beginning, school is new,” said Glendale Police Sgt. Mike Glassick. “There are first-time students, first-time parents. We want them to follow the rules of the road.”
In an effort to ease staff, parents and students into a safe routine, Glendale Police will deploy motor officers at every Glendale Unified campus for the first four weeks of the school year, officials said.
“They identify the problems in their respective districts, and they will go to the school in the morning and the afternoon,” Glassick said.
On Friday, a cadre of motor officers was on hand to escort dozens of R.D. White Elementary School students and parents to campus, a monthly event that has been dubbed the “walking school bus.” Participants assembled at four “stops,” each natural gathering points in the neighborhood around the school, and then proceeded together. Adult volunteers donned neon-orange reflector vests and served as front and rear “bumpers.”