Requests for any new school traffic control can only be initiated by the school's principal or the school district's police chief.
School zones require approval, funding, design, construction, maintenance and enforcement. The City Traffic Engineer presents the warranted request to the Citizen's Traffic Commission and City Council for approval and funding. In order to justify school traffic control, the number of school students crossing during a crossing period must average at least ten (10), counted an average six (6) times.
The periods to be studied are the (30) thirty minutes prior to the beginning of school and the (30) thirty minutes after the end of school, in (5) five minute increments.
Adult Crossing Guards
Reduced Speed Zones with Flashing Lights
- Adult crossing guards are provided only at elementary schools.
- An adult crossing guard's presence at elementary schools will coincide with Reduced Speed Zones with Flashing Lights flash schedules.
- Adult crossing guards will be provided on "thoroughfare" streets.
- Adult crossing guards will be provided on "residential" and "collector" streets when the number of adequate gaps in the traffic stream, during the period school students are using the crossing, is less than the number of minutes in that same time period, and stop signs or traffic signals do not protect the crossing.
- When a crosswalk across a "thoroughfare" street is not protected with a traffic signal, or
- When a crosswalk adjacent to the school, crossing a "residential" or "collector" street is not protected with a traffic signal, stop sign, or adult guard.
"Residential" and "collector" streets will be reduced to 20mph.
"Thoroughfare" streets will be reduced to 20mph (on city maintained streets), and 15mph below the posted speed limit on state highways, but not lower than 20mph. (i.e. 45mph speed limit, 30mph reduced speed school zone).
The reduced speed zone shall begin (200') two-hundred feet in advance of the crossing and shall end (200') two-hundred feet beyond the crossing. The reduced speed zone shall be in effect only (when practical) on school days.
Flash schedules are controlled by the Traffic Engineering Department and can be changed by request from the school district chief of police.
The Traffic Engineering Department, with the School District's input, and the study data, shall determine the necessity of a reduced speed zone with flashing lights. The City Traffic Engineer will make the final decision on any installation of a Reduced Speed Zone with Flashing Lights.
- Limited to one crosswalk per street per school when practical
The Traffic Engineering Department, with the School District's input (or principal's), and the study data, shall determine the necessity of a crosswalk. Unprotected crosswalks shall be used only if it is not practical for school students to use a protected crosswalk.