Railroad Safety

DVD families, please read this letter from Vince Bravo, the Chief Administrative Officer at Da Vinci Schools.


Greetings Da Vinci Parents and Students:


Earlier today, I was informed about a situation that occurred yesterday that we would like to inform our parents about in order to ensure that our students are not putting themselves in danger when dealing with the train crossing located on Douglas.


At this time, there is a train that is scheduled to come through that area between 3:00 and 5:00 pm, which coincides with our dismissal times.  Yesterday, while a train was stopped at the crossing blocking traffic on Douglas, several of our students crawled over and under the connectors between the train cars to get to the other side. A couple of them also carried their bikes over with them.  One of our students was even called over by her parent to cross over, and while doing so, the train started to move.  Some students walked along the railroad tracks all the way to the last car and then went around it.  This is also very dangerous because there is no way of knowing which way the train will be going when it is time for it to move on.

Union Pacific Police will be out there today and a few other days to educate our students (and several adults who also crossed through the stopped train) on the dangers that they are putting themselves in by crossing through or around a stopped train.  For now, they will not be issuing the $400 citation that a person can receive for doing this.  They just want to educate as many people as possible to avoid a possible tragedy in the future.  We have also committed our collaboration and assistance in the form of communication to all of our parents and students, and providing supervision at the crossing when needed through grounds, security, or other DV staff.

Thank you for your assistance with this matter and please feel free to contact me if you have any further questions about this matter.

Vicente Bravo

Chief Administrative Officer

Da Vinci Schools