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Please read the attached file for Safety Patrol Information.


Kathryn Hughes Elementary School
4949 Calle De Escuela, Santa Clara, CA. 95054
Dr. Teri Morrow Principal Dr. Stanley Rose Superintendent
August 16, 2017
Dear Hughes Families,
As the Hughes Safety Patrol Supervisors, Ms. Allan and I would like welcome you back to the 2017-2018 school year. We will again be training our 5th grade students for the important responsibility of serving as Safety Patrollers during the morning drop off and afternoon pickup at Hughes Elementary. The Safety Patrol Program continues to be a vital part of promoting traffic safety here at Hughes.
The School Safety Patrol program was started in 1946 by the California State Automobile Association to ensure the safe crossing of children to and from school. Through the efforts of the Santa Clara Police Department, the California State Automobile Association, and fourteen Santa Clara public and private schools, the program has grown to over 450 5th through 8th grade students.
Since its inception in 1920, millions of grade-schoolers have served as Patrollers and we’ve seen how the program benefits students, schools and the community itself. Students gain safety awareness and leadership skills; schools increase their safety network along walking routes, bus loading zones and carpool areas; and the community gets a safer environment for pedestrians and motorists.
Last year, supervisors and Safety Patrollers noticed disturbing trends during both morning drop off and afternoon pick up. Namely, parents made illegal U-turns, illegally parked their cars in the drop-off zone, double-parked and/or picked up students in the middle of the street. Cars also exceeded the speed limit and parents were seen using cell phones while driving during these critical periods. Using the model provided through the Positive Behavior Intervention System, this school year we will be gathering data and studying two of these problems, with the hope of decreasing their frequency.
Beginning in September, Safety Patrollers will be keep track of illegal U-turns and parking problems in the pickup/drop off zone throughout the school year. We’ll report out our data to our school community on at least a quarterly basis, with the goal of
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reducing them throughout the school year. We know, with increased awareness and working in a collaborative manner, we will keep our children as safe as possible.
A brief summary of the relevant codes and laws regarding school zone violations can be found at the bottom of this letter. Please consult the appropriate governing agency if you desire further information.
Please feel free to contact me, Ms. Allan, or Ms. Morrow if you have any questions or concerns.
Looking forward to a wonderful and safe new school year!
Ms. Wysocki (
Ms. Allan (
Dr. Morrow (
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Relevant California Vehicle Codes/Laws
Curb Markings - CA Vehicle Code §21458(a), Santa Clara Municipal Code §10.05.680
 There is no stopping or parking, whether the car is attended or unattended, in a red zone. School buses may stop in red zones.
 White zones are for loading and unloading passengers for no more than 3 minutes.
 Yellow zones are for loading and unloading passengers for no more than 3 minutes.
Parking in Cross Walks – CA Vehicle Code, §22500(b)
 No person shall stop, park, or leave standing any vehicle whether attended or unattended on a crosswalk.
Double Parking – CA Vehicle Code §22500(h), Santa Clara Municipal Code §10.05.670
 No person shall stop, park, or leave standing any vehicle whether attended or unattended on the roadway side of any vehicle stopped, parked or standing at the curb or edge of a highway, except for a school bus when stopped to load or unload pupils in a business or residence district where the speed limit is 25 mph or less.
Bus Zone – CA Vehicle Code §22500(i), Red Curbs (No Parking)- 10.05.680 SCMC
 No person shall stop, park, or leave standing any vehicle whether attended or unattended alongside a curb space authorized for loading or unloading of passengers or a bus engaged as a common carrier in local transportation when indicated by a sign or red paint on the curb erected or painted by local authorities pursuant to an ordinance.
Parking New Fire Hydrant – CA Vehicle Code §22514
 No person shall stop, park , or leave standing any vehicle within 15 feet of a fire hydrant, except under special circumstances (found written in the same code).
Unsafe U-Turn/No U-Turn in residential district – CA Vehicle Code §22103
 No person in a residential district shall make a U-turn when any other vehicle is approaching from either direction within 200 feet, except at an intersection when the approaching vehicle is controlled by an official traffic control device.
Speeding – CA Vehicle Code §22350  No person shall drive a vehicle at a speed greater than is reasonable or prudent having regard for weather, visibility, the traffic on, and the surface and width of, the street, and in no event at a speed which endangers the safety of persons or property.
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Pedestrians - CA Vehicle Code §21950(a)
 The driver of a vehicle shall yield the right of way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within any marked crosswalk or within any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection.
Disobeying a Crossing Guard – CA Vehicle Code CA Vehicle Code §21950(a)
 It is unlawful for any person to disobey the traffic directions of a person appointed or authorized by local authority to regulate traffic pursuant to subdivision (e) of CA Vehicle Code Section 21000 when such appointee is wearing an official insignia issued by the local authority and is acting in the course of his appointed duties.
Cell Phone Use - CA Vehicle Code §§23123, 23124, 23125  A person shall not drive a motor vehicle while using a wireless telephone unless that telephone is specifically designed and configured to allow hands-free listening and talking, and is used in that manner while driving.

Posted by: Teri Morrow Published:8/14/17
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