Changes in In­ter­me­di­ate School traf­fic flow out­lined

The Times (Northeast Benton County) - - SCHOOL - FROM STAFF RE­PORTS

Pea Ridge School of­fi­cials sent a let­ter home with stu­dents from the In­ter­me­di­ate School clar­i­fy­ing traf­fic for car and bus rid­ers. The text fol­lows:

There has been some con­fu­sion re­gard­ing how we are re­leas­ing our in­ter­me­di­ate stu­dents at the end of the school day. This very busy time of the day can be frus­trat­ing when you are squeezed for time in your busy lives. We will be im­ple­ment­ing some changes im­me­di­ately to en­sure we are re­leas­ing stu­dents as safely and ef­fi­ciently as pos­si­ble so ev­ery­one can get to their af­ter­noon events or ap­point­ments. The fol­low­ing para­graphs out­line the changes we will be im­ple­ment­ing re­gard­ing buses, car rider line, and walk­ers. We are no longer al­low­ing par­ents to walk up and get their child out of car rider line.

Early check out — Early check out of stu­dents needs to be done be­fore 3 pm. Stu­dents will not be al­lowed to be checked out after 3 p.m. This 10-minute win­dow will al­low our staff the nec­es­sary time needed to pre­pare for dis­missal.

Buses — There are no changes in how we will be op­er­at­ing the district’s bus routes. Route times and sched­ules will re­main the same.

Car rider line— We will con­tinue to have par­ents en­ter the cam­pus from Davis Street but we will be ad­just­ing how we load stu­dents. We will have par­ents pull fur­ther down the car rider lane to in­crease the num­ber of stu­dents that can be loaded at one time. This will re­quire some get­ting fa­mil­iar with over the next week or so. We will have ex­tra staff as­sist­ing to en­sure we are all on the same page.

Walk­ers — Our walker pop­u­la­tion has in­creased dra­mat­i­cally from last year and we will be ad­just­ing our re­lease time to en­sure we are able to get ev­ery­one to the in­ter­sec­tion of Cur­tis and Pick­ens in one trip. We will take our stu­dents who are walk­ing after the first wave of buses has loaded. This time will be very con­sis­tent once our read­just­ment is com­plete. Stu­dents who are walk­ing will be es­corted to the four-way in­ter­sec­tion of Cur­tis and Pick­ens. Our cross­ing guard will en­sure our stu­dents get across safely.

The map out­lines the traf­fic flow for the In­ter­me­di­ate School cam­pus.

“I un­der­stand this is not a per­fect so­lu­tion but there rarely is,” ac­cord­ing to as­sis­tant su­per­in­ten­dent Keith Martin. ‘Our goal is to en­sure ev­ery­one gets home safely and that may re­quire all of us to be pa­tient with each other as we ad­just our end of day re­lease pro­ce­dures. I do want to thank you in ad­vance for your help and co­op­er­a­tion.”

Map cour­tesy of Pea Ridge School District

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