Happy New Year to everyone. Please allow this message to notify you that we are making two adjustments to traffic patterns on our campus, with the purpose being to decrease drop off times and to increase safety. Since the opening of the new LHS in February of 2013, traffic issues have improved dramatically, but this newest adjustment is meant to further improve the situation in the horseshoe and on Grassy Gutter Road. This plan was discussed in depth with the LPD, LFD and DPW and we thank them for their help and insight.
Beginningmorning ( ), the horseshoe entrance to LHS will have two lanes – 1) the inner most lane will be forced to turn left into the teacher parking lot and 2) the outer lane will be used by both cars and buses for dropping off students directly next to the curb. This lane used to allow buses only, but we have very few buses at LHS, especially during the peak traffic time of . The area of curbing that students can now be dropped off next to will be quadrupled and this will hopefully make things more efficient. In order for this to work properly, however, we ask that cars pull up as far as possible before having students unload. There is the reality that there will always be heavy traffic twenty minutes before and after school, but this move is our best effort at continuing to improve logistics during this peak time. Also, we have added a No Entrysign at the far end of the student parking lot in order to clarify that cars cannot enter the student lot from that end of the horseshoe. Cars have been entering the Central Administration lot via Bliss Road, blending into the LHS horseshoe by taking a right and then entering the student parking lot by taking a left. Taking a left into the student parking lot will no longer by an option. It is bottlenecking cars trying to leave the lot and causing safety issues.
Administrators and our School Resource Officer will be out in the lot in the morning each day this week to help direct cars, as we make this transition. We will monitor the situation for issues and make further adjustments if necessary. Lastly, although LHS does not patrol/control Grassy Gutter Road itself, we are reminding all drivers to drive safely and cautiously on Grassy Gutter Road and surrounding streets. LHS is a busy place, especially just before and after school, and cautious driving helps everyone.
Thank you in advance for your patience and assistance with this new traffic pattern. As with everything, there will be a learning curve, but we believe this is a positive step that everyone will eventually benefit from.
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