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School Traffic and Student Safety

Traffic Guidelinestraffic light

October 30, 2015

Dear Parents,

In order to continue to maintain a safe environment at Highland, we have listed a series of traffic guidelines below to ensure that your child is able to come to and leave school in the safest manner possible. For the most part, the traffic moves relatively safely and efficiently in the morning and afternoon. Our greatest concerns are parents encouraging students to make unsafe choices during drop-off or pick-up.

  • The speed limit in a school zone is 25 mph. This is the maximum; there will be times when your speed needs to be much slower. During drop-off and pick-up times, parents need to reduce their speed to a much safer range.
  • If there are traffic management signs directing traffic, they must be obeyed. If a sign reads “no left turn,” what it really means is “NO LEFT TURN.” “Right turn only” means “RIGHT TURN ONLY.”
  • If someone is in the crosswalk, DO NOT DRIVE THROUGH THE CROSSWALK until the crosswalk has been cleared of pedestrians.
  • When dropping off or picking up in the gated driveway on Ashby, please be sure to move all the way forward so other cars can enter behind you.
  • Be sure your child exits and enters your vehicle on the curb side. Do not allow your child exit the vehicle on the traffic side.
  • Be sure your child uses the walkways and does not walk through the driveways, between cars, or through the bus loops (even when accompanied by a parent).
  • When you drop off your child across the street from the school, be sure your child exits on the curb side and uses the crosswalk.
  • Do not double park to allow your child to exit or enter your vehicle.
  • Always, always encourage (demand) your child to look both ways when crossing a street.
  • When dropping off your child, please take care of all personal or grooming issues before you park (i.e. fixing the hair, zipping up the jacket, tying the shoes, discussing what will be for dinner that evening, checking through the lunch box, looking for homework, giving that last hug or kiss, etc.). Being able to get in and out efficiently will help alleviate some of the gridlock. Leaving and arriving a little earlier may help, too.
  • Do not encourage your child to cross in a non-crosswalk area… even when late.
  • Do not park in the Handicapped Parking spaces (even for short periods of time) unless you have the appropriate placard appropriately displayed in your vehicle.
  • Do not make U-turns in the school areas during drop off and pick up times as it inhibits the smooth flow of traffic. Instead, please proceed to the next side street or take the longer drive around the block. NEVER DRIVE DOWN THE WRONG SIDE OF THE STREET.
  • Stay calm. You may be blocked in for a couple of seconds, but traffic will eventually open up for you to drive away. Please do not engage anyone in any confrontational conversations. Remember, patience is a virtue. Be a good role model for our students.
  • I have arranged with law enforcement to patrol our school periodically to ensure traffic and safety regulations are not violated.

Thank you for your help in making Highland a safe place.

Sincerely,

Tonny Gisbertz

Principal

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