On Oct. 7, the Warsaw Traffic Safety Commission approved the appointment of 22 people to work as school crossing guards in Warsaw.

Crossing guards train with Warsaw Police Department (WPD) and play a key role in promoting safe driver and pedestrian behaviors at crosswalks near schools, according to a news release Friday from Warsaw Community Schools.

WCS Assistant Superintendent and traffic commission member David Robertson reminds parents that housing to the east of Ind. 15 is in a bus zone, not a walk zone, because of the danger of crossing the state highway. Families commuting from that location are asked to bus or drive students to school. WCS does not have a crossing guard for Ind. 15. To get to school safely, all pedestrians across the district are reminded to only cross where there is a crossing guard. As daylight hours decrease, students walking to a school are reminded to pay attention to arrive safely and on time.

Next week is designed to promote school bus safety. School districts throughout the country observe School Bus Safety Week. Motorists are reminded to follow the laws protecting children entering and exiting a school bus.

According to the release, “Warsaw Community Schools would like to recognize and thank drivers, mechanics, office personnel and administration in the transportation department who play a critical role in safely delivering students to and from school.”

The start of the second quarter for 2020-21 began Thursday. WCS is committed to continuing to work with federal, state and local agencies to ensure that the health and safety of all remain the top priority, the release states. WCS encourages all to remain vigilant as schools head into the second quarter of the first semester. Following the WCS health and safety protocols with diligence to wear a mask, wash hands and watch distance makes a difference.

Students will be dismissed from WCS for fall break Oct. 21-23.