Last Friday we met with a traffic consultant to see how we can further improve our drop-off & pick-up situations. He and his colleague arrived at 2:30 and joined us on the street during the dismissal rush. They are now going to make several more observations of both morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up on various days. We will keep you informed as we move forward with this process. In the meantime, we again ask for your continued understanding and patience while we all do our best to make certain that our students can arrive and depart safely.
Last week we also met with the local committee responsible for parking in our area. They were extremely receptive and very understanding of our situation. They were especially sensitive to the idea of our staff having to worry about a two-hour window while teaching. As a result, they agreed to increase permanent parking permits for up to 90% of our staff (up from about 30% previously). This increase will ensure that we will have a permit for all staff members who drive to work.
You may question as to whether this increase in permits will reduce on street parking around school. Well, for the last month we have had sufficient temporary permits to accommodate all staff. During this period, we have been monitoring our on street parking conditions and have noticed that there has been more than adequate parking available during the school day. For this reason, we do not anticipate a change in available parking.
Parking during arrival and dismissal times will continue to be a challenge. For now, we ask that if you need to park, please make certain that you are parking in areas that are not restricted. For example, our neighbors have reported that some parents are parking on a section of Baker, just up from the school, that is clearly marked “NO PARKING”. Also, please make certain that if you park near school that you are not obstructing a turn-around point. This causes significant problems for traffic circulation. As mentioned above we are hopeful that our consultants will be able to offer us some viable suggestions soon providing us with some relief. But, not matter what system is devised, we will always be dependent on mutual cooperation.
- Robert (RobertW@intlschool.org, 503-226-2496 x122)