Be Aware During Woodland Middle School Student Pick-Up
Recently, there have been a few incidents involving the near-collision of school buses with private vehicles in the parking lot of the Woodland Middle School Commons parking lot. It is imperative that there be a clear separation of buses from autos in this area. When buses enter the Commons parking area, there is limited room and visibility which creates a potential hazard.
Students not using buses for transportation home should be picked up by the Bell Tower on the east side of the school or the north side of the Green Gym located off of Buckeye Street.
Additionally, signs will be placed at the entrance to the commons parking lot after the last bus arrives in the bus parking area signifying that private autos are not permitted to enter the parking lot until the buses are cleared from the area.
We greatly appreciate and encourage awareness and courteousness for the community so we can provide the safest possible environment for our students and bus drivers.
In 2015, there were 1,345,500 fires reported in the United States. These fires caused 3,280 civilian deaths, 15,700 civilian injuries, and $14.3 billion in property damage. The 2015 U.S. fire loss clock indicates a fire department responded to a fire every 23 seconds. One structure fire was reported every 63 seconds.
Major sources of fire include:
Cooking, kids playing with fire, smoking, heating equipment, electrical sources, fireplaces and wood stoves, dryers, flammable liquids and gases and yes, Christmas trees.
Safety tips for the Schools:
- School staff should always ensure that all hallways, stairways, doors and other exits are unblocked for quick egress from the buildings in case of a fire.
- Teachers, officials and staff should be familiar with the school's fire protection system, including the location of fire alarm pull stations, sprinklers and extinguishers near their rooms.
- Every room in the school should have an evacuation map. Exit paths should be obvious and kept free of obstruction.
- Students with specific needs should be assigned an adult or a student buddy to assist them. Fire drills are a good opportunity to identify who among the student population requires extra assistance.
- While it's important to make sure that students leave the building as quickly as possible, order is more important than speed when it comes to conducting a safe fire drill.
- Once everyone has safely exited the building, they should remain outside at a predetermined location until the 'all clear' has been given to reenter the school.
- Use rosters to ensure that every student is accounted for.
- School fire drills are a model for students to use in their homes. Encourage students to practice their escape plans at home—just as they do at school.
Safety tips for the Home:
- Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas
- Test smoke alarms every month. If they’re not working, change the batteries.
- Talk with all family members about a fire escape plan and practice the plan twice a year.
- If a fire occurs in your home, GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL FOR HELP. Never go back inside for anything or anyone.
Driving in School Parkings Lots and School Areas
Woodland Public Schools would like to remind everyone that the maximum speed in any school parking lot area is 10 MPH. Although this is the maximum speed, it is important for drivers to exercise caution when people and children are present such as during drop-off and pick-up times where 10 MPH is much too fast.
Drivers should use good judgement and temper their speed appropriately to the conditions around them including weather, darkness, and congestion.
Thank you for helping keep our students and staff safe by driving carefully in school areas!