STAWELL - Stawell Secondary College has raised concerns over the safety of students in Patrick Street.
The concerns relate to a number of near misses involving cars and students. This has prompted calls for action by the college.
Assistant principal, Murray Hart, said ways of improving safety at the school were being investigated.
"As a result of a number of reported near misses involving cars and students at the front of the school in Patrick Street, the school, in conjunction with the Northern Grampians Shire is investigating strategies to improve the safety in this area," Mr Hart said.
The reported incidents highlight a number of concerns including:
The drop off and pick up of students at the start and end of the school day in Patrick Street.
Cars doing U-turns near the Patrick Street school crossing during peak traffic times.
Cars parked near the school entrance blocking the vision of traffic accessing and leaving the school.
Students not using the school crossing during peak hour traffic.
Students not obeying road laws when crossing Duke Street at the Patrick Street/Duke Street intersection.
"While the school will implement strategies to minimise the risks in relation to these concerns, there are a number of initiatives that students, parents, guardians and friends can implement immediately to assist in support of this issue," Mr Hart said.
Suggested initiatives include for students to use the designated Patrick Street school crossing, give way to traffic, including buses turning from Patrick Street into Duke Street and for parents, guardians or friends to use the specified drive through area at the back of the school or side streets such as Duke and Hastings Streets to drop off and pick up students and to also avoid u-turns in Patrick Street during peak traffic times.
"The school would welcome other suggestions that may help minimise the risks in relation to these concerns and improve the safety of the school community," Mr Hart said.