Ensuring Scholar Safety
August 16, 2018
Dear DPAC Family,
This morning there was an accident on the corner of Lake Mead Blvd. and Martin Luther King Blvd. where, unfortunately, a pedestrian victim was fatally injured. Although the victim was not a member of the DPAC community, he was a part of our West Las Vegas community, and our deepest condolences go out to him and his family.
Given the proximity of the accident to our campus, I am writing this message for two reasons. First, I want to offer scholars, families, or staff members who may have been directly impacted by the accident, the opportunity to speak to Dr. Jeffrey Thompson, our licensed Social Worker. If you would like to speak with Dr. Thompson, please let me know by emailing me (Adam.Johnson@DemocracyPrep.org) or texting me (347.504.5354).
Second, I want to reiterate the importance of scholar safety while on or around the campus and provide a few tips to increase scholar safety during drop-off and pick-up. Together, we can keep scholars safe if we:
1. Remind scholars to only cross streets at designated crosswalks. This will reduce the chances of them having incidents with motor vehicles;
2. Obey all street signs in school parking lots and around the school campus when we drive. Many scholars walk the surrounding streets to get to and from school. Careful drivers reduce the chances of incidents;
3. Have scholars walk on sidewalks and other designated walkways and teach them how to be aware of their surroundings. There is traffic coming from various directions during the drop-off and pick-up. The more alert and attentive children are as pedestrians, the lower the chance of any incident.
If you have feedback on how we can improve our traffic safety, please contact me with your suggestions.
We are fortunate to have our campus nestled in the Historic Westside. However our location means our scholars must cross busy streets each day to enter our campus. Our community’s job is to ensure scholars make it safely to and from school each day.