Last year the SCS Leadership Group (our Program Council) took on the task of creating a plan for student drop-off and pick-up, which prioritized the safety of our students. The plan also looked to create a less congested and safer experience for parents and community members who access SCS during drop-off and pick-up time.
This summer, the new leadership team at SCS has partnered with the Shelburne Police and Shelburne Fire Department to assure that the plan was a solid one, and met the approval of our first responders.
Both the police and fire departments have approved the plan and have agreed to help the school institute the new traffic pattern during the first week of school, beginning on August 30th.
We understand that the new system outlined below will take time to fully institute. For many community members and parents, it means changing long-standing habits. But, we kindly request that all stake holders who access SCS during the school day review the new plan and make every effort to comply with it.
If you read through the plan and have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to Scott Sivo or Alison Celmer in the SCS main office. We request your help in spreading the word about the upcoming changes. We will use every communication tool we have over the next week to ensure that the community is aware of the impending changes for August 30th.
STUDENT DROP-OFF / PICK-UP CHANGE
What is the change?
Starting August 2017, Shelburne Community School will be implementing a new procedure for school bus loading / unloading and student drop-off / pick-up by car. School buses will now be loading and unloading in the traffic circle by the Main Entrance off of Harbor Road. Students that are being dropped-off or picked-up by car will now be using the parking lot on School Street across from Davis Park. In other words, we are switching the bus and car loading/unloading areas.
Why would we need this change?
Safety. After receiving feedback from members in the community about the current morning and afternoon traffic at the school, the Leadership Team brainstormed solutions that would create safer student pick-up / drop-off situations for students, more organized traffic flow, and less congestion on Harbor Road. We invited Aaron Noble, Deputy Chief of the Shelburne Police Department, to one of our leadership meetings to get his input on what the best solution might be – he recommended that we switch the bus and car traffic.
Our hope is that by creating this change we will prevent or reduce the amount of students that have to cross in front of traffic, as well as provide a safer environment for students that bike to school.
Other changes to be made in the interest of student safety:
· The main entrance of the school will be closed to all traffic other than school buses and faculty, staff, and visitor parking. This will ensure that students can safely exit the bus and enter the school. During the first few weeks of school there will be a large adult presence directing traffic and helping students get used to the new change.
Visitor parking has been removed from the traffic circle. Vehicles are not permitted to park in the traffic circle no matter the time of day. Visitor parking is clearly marked and is located in the parking lot closest to the gym/A-wing.
· The School Street parking lot has 1 entrance at the farthest end of the lot (near the Band room/C-wing) and 2 exits. Our hope is that multiple exit points will considerably reduce the amount of traffic and congestion.
· There will be 2 lanes in the school street parking lot: 1 “Safe Student Drop Off Lane” (lane closest to the building), in which students can exit safely on the right side of the car directly onto the side, AND 1 “Safe Passing Lane” (marked with yellow arrows), in which cars that have already dropped-off or picked-up students can use to get to one of the exits.
*Please refer to our visual model below to better understand this change. Thank you for helping us create a safer student environment at Shelburne Community School.