By Carol Colleran, Lakewood
Probably this question is for the highest authority in the City of Lakewood or the State of Washington, but why are the school zone speed limits maintained during school vacations? If there is summer school at a location, I can understand that. Is there a continued school child presence even when there is no school? Why then are there no speed limits imposed in school zones on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the year? Maybe you can find someone to thoroughly explain this practice.
Clover Park School District Director of Community Relations Kim Prentice responds:
School zone speed limits are not implemented during school vacations (i.e. Winter Break, Spring Break and no school days). You will see flashing lights during the summer due to summer school (see schedule here). Elementary and middle summer school is underway now through July 29, 2011, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Schools hosting summer school are:
Hudtloff Middle School
Lochburn Middle School
Mann Middle School
Woodbrook Middle School
Park Lodge Elementary
Summer high school credit retrieval classes run now through Aug. 11 at Clover Park High School. Warrior and Lancer Academies, for incoming ninth graders, will also be held at Clover Park and Lakes High School, respectively, in August.
School district and city officials encourage drivers to be cautious at all times when driving by schools. Often, after school activities and evening/weekend events or community events are held in schools and involve citizens of all ages.