Safety Urged As Students Return To School

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Tuesday will be the first day of school this fall.  Students in Middleton-Cross Plains will be walking and riding bicycles to school after a summer away. 

Some of them will be walking to school for the first time, or will be unfamiliar with their routes and any hazards along the way.

“If you have children returning to school, talk to them about safely walking or riding their bicycle to school and their responsibility to obey the pedestrian and bicycle traffic laws for their own safety,” said Mark Walther, Middleton Community Services director and Middleton Police Department liaison to school crossing guards.

Drivers are reminded to watch out for these young pedestrians and bicyclists, to put down their cellular phones - especially near to schools - and to watch their speed.  Remember that the speed limit is 15 MPH where signed adjacent to schools and school crossings when children are present.

Middleton Police officers are assigned to monitor the morning and afternoon walks to school.

Crossing guards located at Park Street and South Avenue for Elm Lawn Elementary School, Branch Street at Sauk Trail Elementary School and on High Road at Northside Elementary School have the authority to stop traffic to allow students to safely cross these busy streets on their way to and from school. 

Crossing guards ask that drivers be alert when approaching these crossings, signal their intended turns, be prepared to stop when directed to and remain stopped until the crossing guard has left the roadway.


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