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Several Polk Co. intersections to lose crossing guards next school year
Several Polk Co. intersections to lose crossing guards next school year

Polk County, Florida- A public notice from the Polk County Sheriff's Office recently announced that several intersections throughout the county will lose school crossing guards beginning this coming school year.

We've included the public notice word-for-word below: 

The school crossing guards at the following locations within Polk County will be removed, effective this upcoming school year:

  • Sleepy Hill Road & Terra Largo - Lakeland
  • Main Street & Fern Road - Lakeland
  • Dorman Road & Nestlewood Court - Lakeland
  • Maple Avenue & Ansley Avenue - Bartow
  • Shumate Drive & Clower Street - Bartow
  • 34th Street & Avenue R NW - Winter Haven
  • McLeod Road & Snooks Wardlow - Frostproof
  • Pine Street & Caspian Road - Poinciana 
  • Lake Miriam Creek & Willow Springs - Poinciana
  • Hemlock Road & Flounder Road - Poinciana
  • Halibut Road & Flouder Road - Poinciana
  • Halibut Road & Pine Street - Poinciana 

The decision to remove these school crossing guards was made by the School Crossing Guard Committee following traffic surveys of the locations and confirmation that students can cross safely without assistance.  This committee is comprised of representatives from the School Board, the Florida Department of Transportation, the Board of County Commissioners Traffic Engineering Division, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, and a number of the municipalities within Polk County.

As a matter of procedure, the School Crossing Guard Committee communicates with the principal of the affected school to inform them of the action taken. In addition, the principal is reminded to notify members of the committee if the situation changes at which time another survey would be conducted.

The school crossing guards at these locations were removed June 5, 2013.

While this review process occurs throughout the year, deputies patrol school zones daily as a reminder to motorists that caution is critical. Please remember that fines are doubled in school zones and that all law enforcement members take the safety of children very seriously. As a responsible motorist, so should you.

Please Help Us Keep School Zones Safe.

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