posted Jan 6, 2017, 9:39 AM by Hilary Godin
updated Jan 9, 2017, 7:35 AM
Thank you for your help and patience this week regarding our new traffic adjustments. Overall, the system shows promise, although there are a few things to keep working on. Considering that Tuesday and today had horrible weather and increased traffic, it was positive that the unloading times pretty much matched that of the old system. On Wednesday and Thursday of this week, when the weather was fine, we saw a definite improvement and on both days. Grassy Gutter Road was clear by 7:41 – something we are not accustomed to. Having said this, there are lessons to be learned from this week regarding what works and what doesn’t.
In the morning:
- Please respect the crossing guard and her authority.
- Remember that you can drop off students anywhere along the curbing (from the beginning of the pick-up/drop-off lane, all the way to the Student Drop Off sign just past the Pool Entrance).
- Please pull up as far as you can when dropping students off. The further you pull up your car, the further other cars can go and this increases efficiency.
- We have few buses at LHS –all but one (specialized wheelchair bus) have been told to unload anywhere along the curbing once they stop. The specialized bus needs to unload directly in front of the school and does so each day exactly at 7:25 a.m.
- Please do not stop and drop off students at the beginning of the teacher parking lot. It slows things down for everyone else and poses a safety issue.
- Remember that school parking lots are busy places, so be patient and drive cautiously.
In the afternoon:
- Buses do take precedent in the traffic lane when school lets out. Again, we have very few buses but they will be waiting in front of the school starting at 2:00. The last one pulls away at approximately 2:22 each day. Please do not block buses by parking directly in front of them and if you are behind them, please understand that there will be a wait.
Overall, it was a promising first week. As always, there is a learning curve. We will continue to monitor the situation and will provide updated information as needed. Thanks again for your help and patience.