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Back to School Safety Reminders

It is back to school time for all Highland Park schools. As such, the City reminds the community to adhere to important traffic and pedestrian safety tips.

The City works closely with both School Districts to improve traffic flow, parking options, drop-off and pick-up locations and procedures and signage at and around many schools. City of Highland Park Police Department presence and enforcement efforts at and near schools should be expected in an effort to encourage traffic compliance to keep our community safe.

Please help increase traffic and pedestrian safety by following the rules below.

  • Learn where designated drop-off and pick-up areas are located at your child's respective school are and utilize them. Do not use City streets for drop-off and pick-up; this greatly increases risk to children and pedestrians.
  • Encourage children to use school buses and carpools to reduce the amount of vehicle traffic and pollution at and near schools.
  • Obey existing State and City traffic and parking laws at all times.
  • Do not pass stopped school buses which are loading or unloading passengers while its lights are flashing and its stop signal arm is extended.
  • Obey State laws and City ordinances pertaining to Electronic Communication Devices and Wireless Telephone use:
  • A person may not operate a motor vehicle on the road while using an Electronic Communication Device to compose, send or receive electronic messages.
  • A person may not use a hand-held telephone at anytime while operating a motor vehicle on a City roadway unless it is utilized in a hands-free mode.

The City of Highland Park’s top priority is to provide public safety. The City of Highland Park Police Department continues to partner with both North Shore School District 112 and Township High School District 113 to provide the highest levels of school safety. A Police Resource Officer is stationed at Highland Park High School and at District 112. The resource officers proactively work with students and staff to provide education on a variety of safety issues. The Highland Park Police will continue to work diligently to ensure that our community is safe.

If individuals or neighborhood groups are interested in meeting with City representatives to discuss public safety, please contact the City Manager’s Office at 847.926.1000.

Additional Information from the Illinois School and Campus Safety Program...

For more information about back to school safety, contact the Highland Park Police Department at 847.432.7730 or police@cityhpil.com.