OKLAHOMA CITY – Many parents are now wondering how safe the early morning drop off is after a 4-year-old boy was killed while getting out of the car at school.
Quail creek elementary in the Oklahoma City School District recently implemented a new safety patrol program to help guide students inside every morning.
“We needed to help with the congestion of the traffic out in the front of our building so we decided to do the safety patrol,” Principal Jaen Matthews said.
Students arrive early helping escort peers from cars.
“The parents like the idea of the children being escorted into the building and if they need help, they take them to the cafeteria or to the classroom,” Matthews said.
Principal Matthews said it’s helping with morning traffic congestion and also helping parents know their children are safe.
“We just really hope that we can help provide this service to our parents and make them feel more at ease when they drop their kids off at school,” Teacher Susan Fulks said.
Parent Tracey Cox said she is delighted with the program Quail Creek Elementary offers.
“There was some issue of having a two-lane drop off and just this week ironically they changed that to make it a lot more secure where it’s the one lane only,” Cox said.
The student volunteers have to apply for the job, maintain good grades, good conduct, good attendances and have two references from teachers.
“I think it helps the little kids,” student Volunteer Cage said.
“If the car came through the middle and we can go out there and help them out and guide them over here ’cause it might, it’s going to be pretty dangerous over here,” Cage said.
“It’s really a win-win for them also because they’re learning leadership skills. They’re greeting the parents, greeting the children,” Matthews said.
And parents can rest assured those patrol students are safe.
There are always at least two teachers supervising the new program and the school is working to provide safety vests for those students as well.