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County Executive Leopold Mobilizes Police to Aid Students Going to School

Presence will be like "first day of school"

Annapolis (February 16, 2010) - County Executive John R. Leopold has ordered an increased police presence on major school routes to help children safely get to school tomorrow with some areas blocked by snow and ice.

"Tomorrow will look much like the first day of school, with more emergency personnel and flashing lights to protect our students walking to schools and bus stops," County Executive Leopold said. "We are asking parents to use their discretion in deciding whether to walk with their children or drive them to school if they consider conditions unsafe. We will have more police officers, as well as reserve volunteers and district commanders monitoring activities in their districts."

Anne Arundel County Public Schools are opening two hours late in order avoid students going to and from school during rush hour traffic. Motorists should use caution tomorrow as students may be on the sides of roadways. Schools will have additional staff members on hand through the end of this week to assist with students at arrival and departure.

"We appreciate everything that the County, the City of Annapolis and the State have done to help us get our schools reopened," schools Superintendent Kevin M. Maxwell said. "This has been, and will continue to be, a team effort between governmental agencies, schools, parents and community residents. We all need to exercise caution in the coming days as our children return to the classroom."

The Police Department will communicate with schools and the Department of Public Works to clear problem areas where possible. A police helicopter will provide "eyes in the sky" for personnel on the ground.


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