Dear Parents, Stakeholders and Students:
The student drop off situation is considered a minor emergency until we can get a handle on what is going on with our parking design. Yes, some students are going to be late but no one is going to be penalized for five to ten minutes over the first days of school. Please understand, a letter was sent home this summer with a full explanation detailing that the parking and student travel on campus was going to be of great concern and it would be modified after the first month or so of school.
The new facility has forced us to adopt a policy like other public schools have done. The message is "when you drop your child off you cannot interfere with the bus drop off of students on our campus". Parents have a window of safe time to drop off. To accomplish this all AM drop offs will occur no earlier than 7:30 AM or possibly 7:26 AM.
I set a later time temporarily due to fact we never saw the multiple traffic, transport, faculty, and student movements in play. We have teachers driving in, busses driving in, student drivers driving in all looking to use the same thoroughfare. Plus, there are others who are dropping their students off into moving traffic. Simply put, not following a particular schedule for drop off is dangerous.
I do believe this morning's traffic pattern was much better than the day before.
Students should never be dropped off while busses are rolling through from 7:00 AM until around 7:30 AM. I think we can open the window to 7:26 AM. The school day actually starts at 7:40 AM after homeroom-check in this schedule provides ample time for class arrival.
The afternoon pick up is a change. The key point is no driver picking up will be allowed on campus exclusive of bus drivers from 1:45 PM - 2:40 PM. Parents/Caregivers are following a similar PM pick up model used in the Cheshire, Bethany, Farmington, Darien, RHAM (put in place after the tragic death of a staff member) and Amity Districts: If you must pick up your child around dismissal time you have two options and one is much better than the other as a routine.
The first option is one that a parent or caregiver could exercise but should not be used on a daily basis. A parent would be signing a child out early making the student miss some class time every day. This option should be used for the odd dentist appointment or an appointment that you have to make for the child around the end of the school day. That option requires you to come on campus prior to 1:45 PM to pick up. For example, if your child has a dentist appointment at 2:30 PM you may want to get your child at 1:40 PM to allow for travel time.
The second option is to pick up your child after the busses and teen drivers have left. My "guestimate" here as to a best time was 2:40 PM today. It may be rolled back to 2:30 PM. This is a fluid process and things change with respect to time. If everyone complies with the process and follows a plan we will be safer as we move about our campus.
I would like to thank all of the parents, students, staff, and families that have cooperated with the logistics for student transportation. I greatly appreciate it. Safety is my concern. Just one accident is one too many. Please continue to make a difference and have a safe and happy Labor Day holiday break.
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