Statement from WCSD Board President Katy Simon Holland and Interim Superintendent Dr. Kristen McNeill

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For Immediate Release
Contact: Victoria Campbell



Statement from WCSD Board President Katy Simon Holland

and Interim Superintendent Dr. Kristen McNeill


For the third time in as many days, a child was struck by a car and injured while on his way to school this morning. Since the beginning of the spring semester on Monday, two other children have also been hospitalized after they were hit by cars while walking home from school.


More than 20 children have been injured in traffic accidents during this school year so far. One was killed, others have suffered grievous injuries, and their families have been left devastated by these senseless incidents.


This potentially deadly trend must not continue. The lives of our children are at stake.


We join with the entire WCSD family in calling upon the community to use caution at all times while driving, and watch for students as they are walking, biking, or driving to and from school. We implore our students to be aware of their surroundings, avoid distractions, and always use crosswalks while traveling to school. School Police officers are joining with law enforcement agencies to patrol areas near our schools, but they cannot do it alone.


We must commit ourselves to creating a place where children can travel safely to and from school. Today, this is not the reality for our 64,000 students. As a district, we will continue to reinforce safety messages for our students and staff, and work with our partners in the community to keep our children safe.


Please remember:


  • Avoid any distractions while driving and remind your children to do the same when walking to or from school. 
  • Obey all traffic laws and direction from authorities and be aware of the crosswalks in your neighborhood and along your commute. 
  • Never double-park or pick up/drop off children in an unsafe manner that requires them to unsafely cross the street. 
  • Don't block the crosswalk when stopped at a red light or waiting to make a turn. 
  • Stop and yield to pedestrians using the crosswalks. 
  • If your children regularly wear dark clothing to school, reflective tape could help make them more visible to motorists in the area.

We urge everyone in our community to help protect our children. Their lives are truly depending on all of us, and we thank you for your support.


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