A Safe School Zone, according to the California Penal Code Section 626, is any area within 1,000 feet of a school and any area within 100 feet of a designated bus stop during regular school hours or within 60 minutes before or after any school-sponsored activity on the campus.

Why do we need Safe School Zones?

Schools and adjacent neighborhoods must be safe havens for our children. The Los Angeles Unified School District, the City of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office are committed to keeping our schools safe and will not tolerate crime in or around our schools. Crimes ranging from misdemeanors to felonies, committed within identified Safe School Zones, are subject to increased penalties and conviction and may be issued “enhanced penalty” under the law.

First-time offenders are subject to fines up to $500 and up to six months in jail. Second-time offenders can be subject to fines upwards of $500 and be sent to jail for a mandatory 10 days or up to six months. If convicted, more than two times, fines are upwards of $500 and includes jail time of 90 days.    SOURCE: BERENDO SAFE SCHOOL ZONE PACKET

Safe School Zones