These Traffic Safety Rules have been developed over the years with the safety of students foremost in mind, and secondly to optimize the flow of traffic. All parents have to follow the rules at all times. Consider it a small investment of time in the safety of our children, to make sure that there are no accidents. If you don't drop off or pick up your children yourself, make sure that the parties that do (grandparents, nannies) understand our traffic rules.
When waiting in line to drop off or pick up children in the loading zone:
- Pull forward as far as possible, keep moving forward as space opens up.
- Stay in your car, be ready to load or unload and leave quickly.
- Think of other parents waiting in line behind you.
- Absolutely no parking in the loading zone at drop-off and pick-up time. There are no exceptions.
The loading zone is not very long: use it efficiently and be considerate of the parents waiting in line behind you. When you don't pull forward, leaving open space in front of your car, you are denying the use of that space to others waiting to load or unload: you keep other parents from loading or unloading; trying to exit with open space before you also keeps others waiting. Parking, leaving your car in the loading zone blocks the way and will lead to a confusing, possibly dangerous situation of cars trying to leave the line and merging back.
Try to load and unload as fast as safety allows, if possible don't put backpacks etc. in the trunk of your car.
Come in early and use a designated parking space when there's a special occasion or when you're bringing a project or a bike. If your child is not waiting in the pick-up area, exit the loading zone and circle through again or park in designated parking.
- Don't let children (or adults) in or out of your car in the second lane from the curb.
Getting in or out of a vehicle that is not next to the curb is dangerous and a bad example.
- Watch out for pedestrians and keep crosswalks clear.
Pedestrians in the crosswalks always have the right of way.
Do not stop your car in the crosswalk: only pull forward when there's enough room on the other side.
- Pedestrians should only cross in designated crosswalks.
Students are taught in the classroom to cross the road only in the designated crosswalks; so when adults cross just anywhere they send the message that breaking the rules is a grown-up thing, an example to follow.
Please consider the safety of others if not of yourself. Drivers trying to exit the loading zone are looking at the road, and may not see you and/or your children when you try to pass between those cars.