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SCCPSS setting up safe routes around Brock Elementary

Updated: Jun. 29, 2017 at 3:06 PM EDT
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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - The Savannah-Chatham County Public School System is taking steps to make sure students walking to and from school are safe.

They're in the process of setting up safe routes in the neighborhoods around Brock Elementary. WTOC attended Thursday's meeting to learn more on how they're trying to keep your child safe.

They've had success with safe routes in the past years at other schools, but this is the first time they're doing it at Brock Elementary. They know it's a success, which is why they're doing it. The school system is trying to identify any possible problems that may be in the area from crime to traffic to speeding, or anything else that may affect a juvenile or make them feel unsafe. The greatest asset in this case is the neighborhood, the community, and adults in the area.

"We need as many route monitors as possible. When I say route monitors, we need people walking their children to and from school if they're available, and if people live in the neighborhood and they're home, it would be a good time to water your grass while the children are walking, or just sit on your porch so we can have an extra set of eyes," said Sgt. Delvin Guilford, SCCPSS BOE Police.

The next step is they'll actually be walking themselves as if they're a child coming to or from school breaking out into different groups to see what they see, see what a child would see to try and rectify problems that they do see there as well.

"We want to have a walk and see every obstacle that's in their way as they walk to and from school," said Sgt. Guilford.

Brock Elementary will be back in session a little earlier than other students in the district, with students starting back on July 17. If you'd like to get involved, click here.

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