Commerce City weighs daytime curfew for students

10:47 PM, Jan 13, 2013   |    comments
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A proposal in front of Commerce City Council would implement a daytime curfew during school hours.

Skipping school could now be punishable by big fines of nearly $500.

The superintendent of Adams County 14 School District, one of the two school districts in Commerce City, says the fines wouldn't come until after several warnings.

The proposed curfew still has a long way to go before it would go into law. There are a lot of questions the city council wants answered.

The proposal, as it stands, would allow officers to drive kids back to school and issue city fines.

Some of the issues that need to be addressed include who really needs to be picked up or cited? There are a lot of alternative schools and homeschooled kids in the area.

"To take this kind of big policy step," Commerce City Spokesperson Michelle Halstead said. "We're taking it very cautiously and reaching out to all of those who are affected to make sure we understand what are the opportunities as well as the challenges. At the end of the day if we can ensure we can keep the kids safe and keep the community safe, we'll pursue that."

For the plan to really work, Halstead says surrounding cities and districts also need to get on board with the plan.

"You can't really go about this alone," she said. "You really do need your other local governments to step up."

Halstead says Prairie View High School, for instance, is very close to the border of Brighton Police's jurisdiction. If students from Commerce City were skipping school in Brighton, there would be no consequences.

Adams County 14 District Superintendent Pat Sanchez says he hopes to see the plan fully implemented by this fall.

(KUSA-TV © 2013 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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