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As students prepare to return to school, the City of Olathe is working to ensure school crossings are safe. The School Safety Program, adopted in 2003, establishes guidelines for use of intersection controls, crossing guards and other tools to ensure safe school crossings for elementary students.
This year, the City is piloting the use of Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (RRFB) in school crossings at Fairview, Heritage and Ravenwood Elementary schools. At the push of a button, the beacon is activated by the pedestrian, triggering a flashing light in the intersection. One benefit of the beacon crossing is the availability to pedestrians 24 hours a day.
As part of the RRFB pilot, the Olathe Police Department will monitor beacon sites to ensure drivers are yielding to pedestrians in the crosswalk. In addition, the Traffic Unit will concentrate speed enforcement in school zones during the first weeks of school, and School Resource Officers will be out to address problems with traffic flow in and out of schools.
The City of Olathe website provides additional detail about the School Safety Program, including school crossing maps, guard locations and shift times for each elementary school located within Olathe. For more information, visit http://www.olatheks.org/PublicWorks/SchoolSafety/CrossingGuards . For questions or concerns related to school crossings, contact the School Crossing Hotline at 971-6539.