After school pick up procedure
As you know, Lines and Station dismissal times have changed this year. With the change in dismissal times, we are finding more difficulties at the end of the day regarding students who are being picked up. This has created more traffic congestion within the Lines Elementary School driveway and parking lot, as well as on Eastern Avenue.
More specifically, some Lines parents are beginning to line up to pick up their children as early as 2:15 pm and some Station parents are arriving as early as 3:15 pm. The line continues to grow and eventually extends throughout the Lines Elementary School parking lot; this is causing traffic to come to a standstill. In some cases, drivers are passing stopped buses and other parked cars, in narrow spaces. As we see this as a safety issue for our Station and Lines communities, it is our goal to identify a solution.
As a result of the traffic congestion, some of our buses have not been able to exit off of Eastern Avenue to get into their appropriate locations; this also results in our students spending additional time on their buses. Besides these specific delays, this has also developed into a safety risk during dismissal regarding emergency vehicles not having access to Lines and to students who are walking home.
Since coming back from Winter Break, we have been closely monitoring and attempting a variety of interventions. We want our Lines and Station parents to become a part of the solution, therefore at dismissal time, starting Monday, March 12, we are requesting parents that pick up their children not enter the Lines Elementary School driveway until 10 minutes before students are dismissed.
For Lines families, this will be 2:30 pm (2:00 on Wednesdays) and 3:38 for Station families (3:08 on Wednesdays.) Effective March 12, any vehicles entering the Lines driveway prior to 10 minutes before school dismissal will politely be asked to leave and return at the designated time.
We understand this is a change in practice for many parents that have been arriving early to pick up their students; however, we feel that reducing the traffic flow into the Lines driveway improves safety and will help alleviate traffic congestion.
In our continuous effort to keep our students and staff safe, we want to assure our school communities that we will continue to work to identify improvements within the dismissal of our students. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions. As always, we are extremely grateful for your support and understanding.
Dr. Ken Hyllberg
Dr. Kristen PaulStation Principal