Parents patrol to prevent bullying and accidents in school zones
Parents of General Education School students have started a patrol around schools in the capital to prevent elementary and middle students from becoming victims of or affiliates to school-based offenses, bullying or theft.
The parents on patrol duty are wearing yellow vests with a tag that says, “School Police.”
The parent patrol will not only work against crime, but also help students cross roads before and after school.
The project is being organized by the Ulaanbaatar City Crime Prevention and Regulation Council (UCCPRC), district police departments and Ulaanbaatar Education. The parent patrol project was officially launched on November 21, and the UCCPRC met school principals and parents to announce how the patrols will be carried out.
The project will continue for two years and parents will patrol the schools in two shifts between 7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
The Ulaanbaatar Police Department estimates that a parent or guardian of each student will be obligated to patrol only once every academic year. Companies that employ a parent who is on a patrol will be obliged to provide a half-day leave for them according to the UCCPRC ordinance.
A study involving 18,236 general education students showed that 27.3 percent of them suffered from attacks before and after schools.
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