The Cobb Police provide traffic and safety tips for back to school

Tritt ES kindergarten children get off the school bus during a ride-along event on Thursday. Photo: Cobb County School District.

This week, the Cobb Police Department released safety-related information as another school year begins Monday in the Cobb County school district.

The Cobb School District, which serves nearly 107,000 students in 112 schools, is Unveiling of a new alert system for school crises with the school year 2022/23. Following the May school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, the district announced that every school will conduct at least one Code Red drill.

The Cobb Board of Education also agreed the hiring of unlicensed armed guards and will allow some non-teaching staff to voluntarily carry guns on campus.

Cobb also announced this week that that is the case created the position of Assistant Superintendent for School Safety Initiatives and hired Osborne High School principal Josh Morreale to fill that role.

In addition to traffic reminders regarding bus stops and child pedestrians, the police have also provided safety tips for students at school.

Motorists must do the following on the roads:

  • School bus stop with security lights activated and storm arms extended;
  • Stop at a crosswalk or intersection and avoid pedestrians;
  • Stop for a signalman holding up a stop sign;
  • Never overtake another vehicle that has been stopped for pedestrians;
  • Obey all traffic signs in and around a traffic zone, including speed and parking restrictions.

It is a violation of state law to disobey the instructions of a traffic control device unless directed to do so by a law enforcement officer.

Students going to and from school should note the following:

  • Never walk while texting; step aside to let others pass on a sidewalk;
  • Do not cross the street while using an electronic device;
  • Look left, then right, then left again before crossing and crossing the street only at zebra crossings;
  • Do not wear earplugs or headphones when crossing the street and stay alert.

Inside the school buildings, the police encourage students to take the following measures to protect themselves and their property:

  • Always keep the lockers locked and do not set the combination to the last number for easier access.
  • Safe stuff in a locker; don’t leave them upstairs, on benches, or in a classroom or bathroom;
  • Never share a locker combination with anyone;
  • If you ride a bike, attach it to a rack or other stationary object.
  • When driving, keep the vehicle locked, windows closed and your belongings out of sight;
  • Do not bring certain valuables to school, especially large amounts of cash or expensive jewelry.
  • Do not bring guns to school and if you see one, report it to school officials and the resource officer immediately.
  • Report suspicious activity to the police, school authorities, and your parents.
  • Let a teacher, parent, or other trusted adult know if you feel unsafe or if someone is bullying or threatening you.
  • Say no to adults when they ask you to do something you know is wrong or when it makes you feel insecure or uncomfortable.

For more information on school safety, contact the Cobb County School District Cobb Shield resource page; More information about school buses can be found here by clicking here.

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