Students warned to behave on last day

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The Gilroy Unified School District and the Gilroy Police
Department have become increasingly concerned with the safety of
students and citizens during the dismissal on the last day of
school.
The Gilroy Unified School District and the Gilroy Police Department have become increasingly concerned with the safety of students and citizens during the dismissal on the last day of school.

It is their goal to ensure a safe and orderly school dismissal on June 11. Students, parents and citizens are asked to cooperate with this effort to assure that no one is injured due to careless activities during dismissal on the last day of school.

In past years, due to student behavior and traffic, pedestrian safety has been jeopardized. There have been several near-accidents as students were chased by their friends into the street. This creates a very dangerous situation for both the students and drivers in Gilroy.

Students have vandalized school and private property by throwing food and other projectiles. Also, there have been physical confrontations during these activities that have gotten ‘out of hand,’ school officials said.

The Gilroy police will be citing any student or citizen that participates in the following:

• Littering or vandalism by throwing objects onto either school or private property

• Pedestrians that do not follow traffic laws, such as running into traffic

• Any physical confrontation will result in arrest for assault and battery

Additional police will be patrolling the city to enforce all traffic and safety laws.

District personnel will also closely monitor what students bring to school this week and backpacks are not allowed on the last day of school.

In addition, dismissals on the last day will be staggered for a more orderly and safe dismissal.

What parents can do to help:

• Develop car-pools to have students picked up directly at school.

• Monitor items that can be used for vandalism, such as eggs, shaving cream, etc.

• Plan afternoon activities on June 11 that celebrate the dismissal of school in a constructive and safe manner with your child and friends.

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