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Cobb Police offers back-to-school traffic and safety tips

Kindergarteners from Tritt ES get off the school bus during a ride event on Thursday. Photo: Cobb County School District.

This week, the Cobb Police Department rolled out safety-related information with another school year set to begin Monday in the Cobb County School District.

The Cobb School District, which serves nearly 107,000 students in 112 schools, is unveiling of a new school crisis alert system with the 2022-23 school year. Following the school shooting in May in Uvalde, Texas, the district announced that every school would hold at least one Code Red drill.

The Cobb Board of Education has also approved the hiring of uncertified armed guards by the police and will allow certain non-academic staff to voluntarily carry arms on campus.

Cobb also announced this week that he has created the position of Assistant Superintendent for School Safety Initiatives and hired Osborne High School principal Josh Morreale to take on the role.

In addition to traffic reminders related to bus stops and child pedestrians, police also provided safety advice to students at the school.

On the roads, motorists are required to do the following:

  • Stop for school buses with safety lights on and storm arms deployed;
  • Stop and yield to pedestrians crossing at a crosswalk or intersection;
  • Stop for a school crossing guard holding up a stop sign;
  • Never pass another vehicle stopped for pedestrians;
  • Obey all traffic signs posted in and around a traffic area, including speed and parking restrictions.

It is a violation of state law to disobey instructions from a traffic control device unless directed by a law enforcement officer.

Students walking to and from school should observe the following:

  • Never walk while texting; stepping aside to let others pass on a sidewalk;
  • Do not cross the street using an electronic device;
  • Look left, then right, then left again before crossing the street and crossing only at pedestrian crossings;
  • Do not wear headphones or earphones when crossing the street and stay alert.

Inside school buildings, police encourage students to take the following steps to protect themselves and their property:

  • Always keep lockers locked and do not preset the combination to the last number for easy entry;
  • Secure your personal belongings in a locker; don’t leave them on top, on benches, or in a classroom or bathroom;
  • Never share a locker combination with anyone;
  • If you ride a bike, lock it to a rack or other fixed object;
  • If you are driving, keep the vehicle locked, windows closed and personal effects out of sight;
  • Do not bring certain valuables to school, especially large sums of money or expensive jewelry;
  • Do not bring weapons to school and if you see one, report it immediately to school officials and the resource manager;
  • Report suspicious activity to the police, school officials and your parents;
  • Tell a teacher, parent or other trusted adult if you feel unsafe or if someone is bullying or threatening you;
  • Say no to adults if they ask you to do something you know is wrong, or if it puts you in danger or makes you feel uncomfortable.

For more information on school safety, visit the Cobb County School District’s Cobb Shield Resource Page; more information about school buses can be found by clicking here.

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