Safety PatrolDear rising 4th and 5th grade Students and Parents,
We are happy to announce that Laurel Park is accepting Safety Patrol applications for the 2020-2021 school year!
Below is a video introducing Safety Patrol for next year.
What does Safety Patrol do?
Safety Patrols are our 4th and 5th graders who assist other Laurel Park Penguins during arrival and dismissal. Their duties include opening and closing car doors during morning carpool, taking students out to the cones for afternoon carpool, holding bus numbers as students get to the right bus, and putting the flag up and down each day.
When does Safety Patrol start and how long does it last?
If selected, your child will be assigned 1-2 positions each week for the semester. These assignments will not change from July-December. We have chosen to do the assignment per semester next year to accommodate families changing schedules (and because we know some students do different activities/sports in the fall versus the spring). Additionally, safety patrol officers get very excited at the beginning of the year and the excitement tends to lessen as the year moves on. On the application, we have asked you to provide all the days your child is available to serve as Safety Patrol and if selected, we will make 1-2 assignments per week for July-December based on the availability you submitted. We will ask for availability again in November/December in order to create a schedule for January-June.
Remember, this assignment will last the entire semester, and it is expected that your child be at their assigned post every week EXCEPT when they are tracked out or sick. Morning duty starts at 8:40 a.m. and afternoon duty will end at approximately 4:05 p.m.
How do I apply to Safety Patrol?
If you are interested, please complete the google form application, which is linked below. It consists of 2 parts. Part 1 - Complete the information page of the application. This allows you to let me know your commitment and availability. Part 2 - Write an essay stating why you would be a good Safety Patrol candidate. YOU WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED FOR SAFETY PATROL UNLESS THIS ESSAY IS SUBMITTED!
Once you have submitted your application and essay, two things will happen. 1) I will be contacting your parent(s) to confirm that they know that you have applied and understand the commitment on your (and their) part if you are selected. And 2) I will be asking your current teacher to complete a Teacher Recommendation form. Teacher recommendations will help to determine who is selected for Safety Patrol.
When is the application due?
Please complete this application no later than Friday, May 8th.
We can’t wait to give our Penguins this exciting leadership opportunity! Safety Patrol members will be notified before the end of this school year through email.
Important points to remember:
Safety Patrol lasts for the entire year (assignments are by semester) and will begin the week of July 13th (tracks 1, 2, 3) and August 3rd (track 4).
Morning duty begins at 8:40. You cannot be dropped off earlier than 8:40.
Afternoon Duty will end by 4:05. You need to be picked up at 4:05
Not everyone that applies will be selected.
You must show Penguin Pride in all that you do.
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