The weather is changing and soon we will have snow, which makes following our pick up and drop off procedures that much more important. We have had several complaints recently about drivers not following directions. Drop off and pick up procedures are in place for student safety and it is imperative that they are followed.
Here are some of the issues we have been having:
- Following traffic signs. When you are exiting our parking lot on Bel Aire Road during drop off or dismissal you must turn right. Traffic runs west and if you try and turn left you will run against traffic. The “NO LEFT TURN” sign is in place to ensure traffic runs smoothly as well as allowing an open lane for cars and emergency vehicles.
- Pick up/Drop off in the middle of the street on Bel Aire. This is dangerous and should never be done. Children can easily be hit by a car if they are dropped off or picked up in the middle of the street. If you are dropping off your child in a car, please enter on Lindlavista Way. You can drop off along the sidewalk at the side of the school. The area in front of Samuelson, along Bel-Aire Road, is reserved for buses and day care vans only. Stay on the right side of the road as you drive along Bel-Aire. For the safety of your children and other drivers, do not make U-turns in front of the school. This will help traffic move as quickly and smoothly as possible.
- Students not using crosswalks. Crosswalks are put into place to ensure your child’s safety. If they are crossing the street, please remind them to do so at designated areas.
- Staying in the car line and not cutting other cars off. If you are picking up your child in a car, enter on Lindlavista Way or Crestmoor Place. Stay in your car in the car line. The children will line up on the sidewalk at the side of the school. When it is your turn, a teacher will place your child (children) in your car. You may then pull forward or around as directed. You must turn right on Bel-Aire Road at dismissal time. The area in front of Samuelson, along Bel-Aire Road is reserved for buses and day care vans only. Please do not park along Lindlavista Way. One lane must stay open on Lindlavista Way for the car line and emergency vehicles. If you need to park and leave your car, you may park on Bel Aire Road or Crestmoor Place. Be kind to our neighbors and do not block their driveways.
Again, it is very important that our drop off and pick up procedures are followed. Keeping students safe is our top priority. Please do your part and drive with caution.