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Safety for Students

15 petitions

Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Larry Palm, Chris Petykowski, Yang Tao, Thomas Lynch, Brian Ackeret

Increase Safety of the Packers and Schlimgen Avenue Crossing (Madison, WI)

Update 09/14/2018 Local media outlet Channel3000 picked up this story, watch/read it here, and the local police put up "Your Speed" indicator signs. --- Hello all,So I've written some of you (City of Madison Mayor, City of Madison Traffic Engineering Department, District 12 Alder Larry Palm, Northside Police Department, local news, IMAP school) recently about the dangerous pedestrian/bike crossing at Packers and Schlimgen Avenue. It's near the Isthmus Montessori Academy (Public) school and many parents and children cross here as part of our daily routine. Coming from the Brentwood Village Neighborhood we bike across at Packers and International Lane going to school. This intersection by itself is not terrible as there are lights here. Crossing International can sometimes be a little challenging as airport bound cars do not yield to this crosswalk, but it's manageable. Then myself, bike trailer, and another father bike back and cross at Schlimgen Avenue. The Schlimgen Avenue crossing is a death trap at best. There are pedestrian activated yellow flashers here, crossing signs and paint, but it's simply not enough. Cars are going way too fast at this crossing. I'm not sure if the speed limit is 35 or 45 here but it's way too fast for cars to react safely to crossing pedestrians. This morning I was a witness to this deadly crossing at a distance that was far too close to think about. Crossing back across Packers Avenue we activated the yellow flashers and Northbound traffic did not stop. Once the pack of 20-30 cars went by a single car at the back of the pack stopped and we proceeded to the median. Once in the median, we have to stop again, because even though the flashing yellow lights have been on since before we could cross the northbound lanes nobody has stopped in the southbound lanes. In the median, I waved my arms, as the yellow lights continued to flash and the southbound traffic continues to ignore us and the lights. Finally, a single car comes to a complete stop, and then it happens, CRASH! A full sized, flatbed tow truck rear ends the car. Who, by the way, was the only driver doing the right thing in this case. From there I called the accident into 911 as it appeared everyone involved was ok. However, a thought occurred to me. What if the tow truck hit me? Or one better, what if my daughter was still in the trailer, I begin crossing as a single car stops, and then the inattentive tow truck driver hit. I can only guess. Best case scenario we'd have a lot of breaks and bruises. Worst case scenario we're dead. Or what if this was a child crossing the street by themselves. Would they have waited for traffic or might they have just gone right into traffic? More action on improving this deadly intersection is needed and it's needed now. We are only a few weeks into the school year and a deadly crash is just a matter of time. A few thoughts on immediate improvements we could make here are to make this area a School Zone with reduced speeds, more school zone flashing lights, crossing guards, crossing flags, police enforcement, and perhaps "Your Speed" indicators. Long term I'd like to see an additional light here, a pedestrian bridge or a pedestrian tunnel like those that run under East Washington Avenue. Just so everyone is aware I will be reaching out to local media about this problem, as well as the IMAP school, our alder, the mayor, North Madison Police Department, and the City Traffic Engineering Department. I hope together we can do something about this crossing before someone gets seriously hurt or dies. Thank you in advance for your support with this effort, Justin Masuga

Justin Masuga
282 supporters
Update posted 6 months ago

Petition to Pat Shofill

Bring A/C into our school buses

Weather in Georgia is hot, no matter what time of year. Sometimes, it is extreme; yet we force our bus drivers to stay in their buses for literally an hour or more while temperatures reach well into degrees reaching the high 90’s or more. Also, public school students who take classes outside of their home school (Dual enrollment, Vocational/Trade classes, etc.) are barred from entering the school as well. One solution is to card everyone who is either a student or bus driver before they can enter the building; or, purchase air conditioning units for the buses. Here in Henry County, GA, school started again for the 2018-19 school year on July 30th. During the majority of the summertime, we have had temperatures of up to 95°. Now, consider the following; most school buses have no air conditioning, they hold upwards of 60-90 passengers, the engine is commonly inside of the bus, and the bus is entirely made of heat conductive metal. With all of those issues, you have a “perfect storm” for heat stroke and unsanitary swapping of sweat. GROSS!! Let’s take a look at the case of my bus driver. She gets to the school at about 3:30-3:40 pm and stays on the bus (with all of the conditions I listed above) until the end of the day, which for her is usually 6pm. She had a thermometer that read 108° on the bus! That’s hot enough to cause Heat Stroke. She had explained that she went home after driving and threw up for 10 minutes or more from the heat. She was facing the symptoms of heat exhaustion and nearly heat stroke, since the body only has to reach 104° before heat stroke starts happening. There are many solutions to this issue that wouldn’t require breaking security protocol that still keeps everyone safe. For instance, some schools ask for ID from students and bus drivers that would allow them to be documented as in the school and allows for them to be removed and not affect everyone else. Also, several options are available to add air conditioning to the buses, including in-wall and bulkhead styles. Cost is always an important factor in any decision, however, the cost would be most certainly outweighed by the amount of positive effects of purchasing air conditioning for the buses. Sure, the air conditioning is by no means cheap, but it would offer peace of mind that our students and bus drivers are staying safe from the extreme heat. Also, if a school system does not invest in air conditioning for buses, and heat exhaustion and heat stroke occurs, the schools may face possible legal trouble for any injuries or death as a result of negligence. Heat can be dangerous and deadly. We all need to take precautions and stay cool. Why can't the bus drivers, and students, stay cool and safe too? This topic is something that hasn’t gotten much public attention. But, thanks to my being an intern at the Safe America Foundation, I’ve been invited to be part of a discussion on this at the Fall Forum on Friday, November 2 at the Federal Reserve Bank in Atlanta. By then, the temperature (on buses – much less in the open air!) will likely be a lot cooler. But, this is an issue that will ‘heat up’ again in the spring – so I hope public school officials – including the Georgia School Superintendent and PTA President – will consider joining Safe America’s ‘Forum’ and evaluating what’s a practical solution to this problem. (my thanks to Safe America – headquartered in Atlanta and Marietta – for caring to take this topic on.)  

Damion Olinger
1,390 supporters
Started 1 year ago

Petition to President Loh

Increase Campus Security at UMD

On February 14, 2018, I had to scramble to call my sister to make sure that none of her friends were affected by the events of the Parkland school shooting. Living in Maryland, it was scary having to passively watch the events unfold and hope that nothing got worse. At those schools, security is high with school resource officers and requirements for students to wear ID badges. At Maryland, this is not the case and just about anyone can come onto campus. Until about 10pm, anyone can walk on and off campus as they please without anyone verifying their purpose on campus. While Maryland is a public institution and should continue to offer the resources we have to the larger community, this open campus allows for complete strangers to come on campus unannounced.             Maryland needs to increase campus security at all times, not just late at night. If something like what happened at Parkland, Sandy Hook, West Virginia, and countless other schools, they will not come at midnight, when campus is empty. They will walk on campus when the most people are there and when the security is the lowest: when no one is checking who is on and off campus. These measures do not have to be elaborate, just simple things like wearing ID badges on your person if you are a student, faculty, or staff. Additionally, people would just have to go through a visitor’s entrance and get passes in order to access campus just like they did before. These small increases in security presence and procedure will greatly help students and other on campus to feel as safe as they should on a campus as large as this. While we cannot predict every mass tragedy, we can take small measures like these to ensure that students, faculty, and staff are safe at all times on campus.

Krysten Diaz-Silveira
194 supporters