BROWNSBURG, Ind. (July 30, 2015) - Students in Brownsburg had to set the alarm clock Wednesday night and head back to school Thursday morning.
The first day of school can be tricky during dropoff and pickup because all 12 schools in the Brownsburg Community School Corporation sit within two square miles.
Start times are staggered to help the traffic flow.
You're encouraged to check your individual school website for details about procedures. Click here to connect to the BCSC main page.
The speed limit in the area is 25 m.p.h.
"If you’re driving through our campus, we just ask that you please be patient because there are a lot of people coming and going," said School Resource Officer Nate Flynn. "We’ll have officers out directing traffic as much as possible but some of the people that are coming haven’t been here before or maybe their procedures are new as they’re changing buildings. We just want people to be patient and alert and aware because we have cars, we have pedestrians, we have kids on bicycles and skateboards. There’s a lot of different types of traffic out here and we just need to be safe."
Officer Flynn has been working at different Brownsburg schools for six years.
"I just really enjoy working with kids and I feel like when you get into law enforcement you want to make a difference," said Officer Flynn. "When you can work with kids at a young age like this and help them understand mistakes they’re making and try to lead them on the right path before they get in the habits of making bad decisions, you can hopefully affect some change early in their lives."
New this year, Officer Flynn and the other three school resource officers are starting a bike patrol and wearing body cameras.
"When you’re in a squad car there may be things that you don’t see or hear in the car, but out on the bike you can see and hear things that you wouldn’t otherwise," said Officer Flynn. "Additionally it makes you more approachable with the students. As I’m riding through the lots I hope for them to be able to come and talk to me and I can ride up to them and they don’t feel as threatened as when I’m in a police car."
They invite you to contact them at any time throughout the school year, saying their goal is to build relationships with students and parents to keep the schools safe and secure.
"Sometimes people look at us as police officers and don’t realize that we’re necessarily here to help them. We call ourselves school resource officers because we are a resource not only to the school and to our staff, but to our community and so if parents have questions or concerns they’re always welcome to call us and come to us."