While the problem is being addressed, there are steps we all can take to reduce the risk of a student being hit by a car in the Dryden crosswalk. When driving to school or work, stay focused on driving and be conscious of the daily, second-by-second potential for tragedy. Always drop a student off in the school parking lot and never on the opposite side of Mendenhall Loop Road. Remind students each morning before they walk to school that crossing any road is a serious, life threatening activity. Enhance our children's visibility by having them wear a light colored or bright colored coat with reflective material during the dark winter walk to school. All 6th grade girls recently received 4-inch strips of reflective tape in their PE/Healthy Lifestyles class, and all 6th grade boys will be receiving the same. Please be sure they place it on their coats. Insist kids wear a helmet if they bike to school. At Dryden we will continue to remind students of the routine danger they face and revisit safety precautions for crossing Mendenhall Loop Road.
We are fortunate that a serious accident did not take place this morning. We did receive a "wake-up call" and a mandate to aggressively act to reduce the risk our students face each day when using the Dryden crosswalk to cross Mendenhall Loop Road. Rest assured that Dryden and the Juneau School District will do all we can to enhance the safety of the crosswalk and promote awareness of the need to take extra precautions this time of year.