On April 29, 1999, the Amador County Grand Jury met with the principal of Sutter Creek Upper Elementary School regarding the crosswalk between Amador High School and Sutter Creek Elementary School. The issue concerning the crosswalk was safety of the elementary school students using the crosswalk. Also at issue was the safety of children crossing the Spanish Street intersection.
Crosswalk Between Schools
The access road to the Amador High School student parking lot divides the High School and Elementary school properties. Because the elementary school has no lunchroom, the children cross this road to get to the high school cafeteria lunchroom. Weather permitting, the children cross the street and return to the elementary school to eat their lunch outside. There are crossing guards in place on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. On Tuesday and Thursday the children are supervised crossing the street on their way to lunch by an elementary school staff member, however, on the return trip from lunch on these two days, there is no supervision. The street is not closed during school and although there are speed bumps in front of the crosswalk, some vehicles were observed driving too fast for conditions (children present and traffic congestion).
Spanish Street Intersection
Traffic at the Spanish Street intersection is very heavy in the mornings and afternoons when school is in session. Approximately 50 elementary school children cross the intersection on their way to and from school. This intersection is a 3-way stop. There is a crosswalk on the side that does not have a stop sign. The crosswalk does not connect sidewalks. There are no crossing guards. Parents have expressed an interest in performing crossing guard duties, however, school liability requires training and fingerprinting of volunteers. There is no budget or money to run a crossing guard program.