Supts ThoughtExchange - April 20, 2022


Please share your thoughts: Student Commute Safety ThoughtExchange open now

As our community is still reeling from the recent student tragedy, many of us are asking the question, “How can we make school commutes safer for our students?” The Mountain View Whisman School District is looking to focus and record these organic conversations in an online exchange of ideas, with the goal of involving all of the organizations and people who have a role in making our community safer. In mid-May, we will share the results back to the community.
Please click on this link to participate in a ThoughtExchange about student commute safety. Your participation is anonymous and confidential. Please share and come back often to rate new ideas until the exchange closes on May 4. Middle school students will be participating, as well as parents, staff, and community members. Your input is important. Thank you!

Improvements coming soon

Our community has some long-term work to do to make our streets safer for children. In the meantime, the City and MVWSD are partnering on improvements that will happen soon:

  • The City and MVWSD are each providing matching funds in order to provide 5 additional new crossing guards across the city for a total of 15 next school year. City staff and MVPD will analyze data to make sure guards are placed at the appropriate crossings.
  • We are investigating adding new bike route signage (wayfinding) to be posted soon to help students find their way safely.
  • There are city and community resources to ensure each child has a bike helmet, if needed.
  • MVWSD will partner with Safe Moves to continue bike safety education, and plan for more safety programs for students at the start of the new school year.

What else can you do?

See an unsafe situation? Help collect data by reporting it to make our community safer. Report near misses between cars and pedestrians and bikers using the City’s online tool on the AskMV webpage here.

>  Select “Police Department” button
>  Then select “Collision Near Miss Reporting” 
You can remain anonymous when you report the near miss. 

To learn more about Safe Routes,
please visit this webpage.

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