Last Thursday (Jan. 13, 2011), a Green Lake Elementary School student was struck by a car.
The student was hit around 3:50 p.m. on Sunnyside Ave N, the street which borders the west side of the school.
“A child stayed after school and was playing on the playground unsupervised,” Principal Joanne Bowers explained in a bulletin sent to school parents. ”The student, who was running after a friend in a game of tag which went into the street right outside the playground, was hit by a car. Fortunately, this student was not hurt and attended school the next day.”
“This is a Principal’s biggest fear,” she said.
The Green Lake Elementary School playground is not bordered by a fence, a situation Principal Bowers calls “a huge safety concern.” In her note to parents, she promised that fencing will go in “ASAP.”
Bowers asked me to remind those who drive near the school to obey traffic rules. She also said, in her note to parents, that more Seattle Police Department traffic officers will be monitoring the area near Green Lake Elementary, and that one had been issuing speeding citations at the school earlier this week.
In addition, the school has recently received a Seattle Department of Transportation grant to improve students’ routes to the school.
Bowers reminded parents that students should not be on the playground unsupervised after school ends at 3:35 p.m.