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L.A. and LAUSD partner on school safety | #schoolsaftey

LAUSD Superintendent Alberto Carvalho welcomed students at the Coldwater Canyon Elementary Dual Language Program on Aug. 14. (photo courtesy of the LAUSD)

Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass and Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Alberto Carvalho announced a series of actions taken on Aug. 14 – the first day of LAUSD classes – to improve school safety.

“We must do more in order for the students of Los Angeles and their families to feel and stay safe,” Bass said. “I am working with Superintendent Carvalho to ensure that we confront and address the vehicular tragedies, substance abuse and other incidents that we have seen near and in our schools. We are taking significant action to protect our students from unacceptable harm, and we will continue to do more to promote student safety.”

“I am thankful for the partnership with the city of Los Angeles and Mayor Karen Bass to address student safety and safe passages through a variety of traffic calming measures,” Carvalho added. “Last year, our students and families faced unsafe pedestrian passages to and from our campuses – some experiencing injuries and others loss of life. Walking to school should not become a traumatic experience for our students. Los Angeles Unified will continue to work to ensure that our students can make it to school safely, so they are ready to learn. As we start the 2023-24 school year, we look forward to the continued collaboration with the mayor and the city of Los Angeles to prioritize safe passages.”

The city has expedited the hiring of crossing guards, filling 77 guard positions during fiscal year 2022-23. The city’s fiscal year 2023-24 budget, signed by Bass on May 26, will create up to 93 additional crossing guard positions.

The city is improving traffic safety through investments in the Safe Route to Schools program, including speed humps and project to slow traffic in school zones. On Aug. 4, the Los Angeles City Council directed the Los Angeles Department of Transportation to provide recommendations for the prioritization of additional traffic safety projects at schools.

The city of Los Angeles also deployed resources during summer to combat violence through the Summer Night Lights program at school-adjacent recreation facilities.

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