Improving School Safety
"I would say it's very safe. I think, I know last year we didn't have a crossing guard at the beginning of the school year, so hope having a crossing guard has dramatically helped the safety," said Kimberly Mann, a parent.
Police officers also keep an eye on the area, but some parents, like Shannon Reyes, are a little concerned.
"But you know kids are kids and there's been an accident or two. But, most of the teachers are pretty good about keeping an eye on the children and not letting them off the playground until their parents come and pick them up," explained Reyes.
The city of Columbia assigns two crossing guards to help with school traffic.
"Well, I just started. My first day was the first day of school, and it's really basically getting the kids back and forth safely across the street. Make sure not too many fast cars coming through," explained Maria Ferguson, a crossing guard.
Grant Elementary urges parents to park their cars and walk to the playground to pick up their children after school.