Pick Up Safety

Sage Elementary Parking Lot Drop-off and Pick-up Safety

 

     With the high volume of parents picking up students in the afternoons, parking lots at Sage can be a dangerous place.  So that we can better provide for student safety, we ask all parents to cooperate with the following rules for dropping off and picking up students, effective October 12, 2009.

 

Parking Lot Use:

     Please use only the front parking lot when dropping off or picking up students.  The back parking lot is for school busses only.  It is important to minimize congestion and keep the parking lot clear for busses to maneuver and drop off students safely.

     When entering and leaving the front parking lot, please follow the Enter and Exit signs.  Traffic flow is one-way. Please be careful as you leave to watch for other cars that may be trying to cross your path to reach a different turn lane.

 

Student Drop-off:

     When entering and exiting the front parking lot, stay in the drop-off lane next to the right-hand curb.  Please wait to drop off your child until you have reached the front of the school.  Do not park and leave your vehicle in the drop-off lane located in front of the gate to the playground.  Other parents will be arriving.  Having parents driving around a vehicle blocking the drop-off lane creates a hazard for students and parents.  If you need to come in to school with your child, please park in the parking lot in front of the school or on Summit, and use the sidewalk to come into the school.

 

Student Pick-Up in the Afternoon:

     Student pick-up in the afternoon is the most dangerous time in our parking lots for students due to the huge traffic volume at one time.  This is the most difficult time for managing traffic and the time of day when parent cooperation with parking lot rules is most important!

     Cars often begin lining up by 3:00pm for pick-up.  By 3:33pm when school dismisses, the line is often down the street.  While waiting in this line can be frustrating, it is very important for student safety to do so.  

     If you are planning to pick up your child without getting out of your car, please stay in the line and in the pick-up lane along the curb. Teachers will be out on duty with students waiting for pick-up at the South door next to the main entrance. Please refer to the attached map. Watch for teacher directions.  You will be motioned to pull as far forward as possible before stopping to pick up your child. We would like to extend the pick up line to the main entrance of the school.  We will escort the students out of the South entrance instead of the playground area. This will eliminate the overflow of parked cars and help maintain a smooth process.  Students who walk home or ride their bike will continue to exit out the East doors by the playground. Please refer to the attached map.

     If you must park and get out of your car to get your child, please park in a designated parking space or on Summit, and use the sidewalk. Avoid swerving out of the pick-up lane and around traffic when pedestrians are crossing between vehicles.  We need parents to help avoid this situation.  You may see some parents who have parked in the middle of the lot.  These are generally parents who have been volunteering in the school during the last hour.

 

     Student safety is a major concern for us at Sage Elementary.  We appreciate your help in keeping students safe.