20 February 2015

Email to Freetown Elementary School concerning ice on a frequently used path

Good morning Principal Cox,

My name is Michael Schearer and my daughter Chloe is a student at Freetown Elementary School. We live in the Sun Valley neighborhood behind the school. As such, we often walk home on the paved path that runs from the school to Leonard Drive. Most or all of this path appears to be on property of the school (or the county generally).

Yesterday afternoon, I noticed that most of the path is covered in a thick sheet of ice. In many places, the ice is covered by blowing snow so that you aren't even aware that the ice is there. While we were walking home, one student slipped on the ice and fell. Fortunately, he did not appear to be injured.

Many students who live in Sun Valley (and elsewhere) use this path to walk to and from school. It concerns me that yesterday, more than two days after the end of the most recent snowstorm, this path appears to have been untouched by anyone at the school or the county. The fact that at least one child has already slipped and fallen on the ice is evidence to me that the path is not safe.

I would appreciate if you could bring this to the attention of the appropriate personnel at the school or Anne Arundel County, so that this path can be properly cleared for the safety of all of the students that use it (and the parents, too). And not just now, but for future weather events, too.

I have attached a few pictures that I took yesterday that show the extent of the ice on the path. These images are all in the area of the playground, right next to the school.

Thank you very much for your prompt attention to this matter.

Michael Schearer




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