August 16, 2022

Changes coming to school drop off, pick up

Most vast changes are at the elementary building after school

“Our big thing at the high school is, based on Mr. Larson’s recommendation, we’re trying to accommodate and make sure we don’t have a lot of congestion at the end of our driveway,” Miller said. “That will be a big change, in that we’ll ask students leaving at the end of the school day to head north and exit the north entry. Beyond those 15 minutes everything will be normal (at the high school).”

Elementary school principal James Larson said the changes are entirely in the name of safety.

“We live in a small town where I believe we don’t have to worry about things, but at the same time, I’d rather be proactive and preventative. Whether it be a student runs in front of a car or maybe someone who isn’t supposed to be here picks up a student, I don’t want to be reactive where something happens then we make a change,” Larson said. “I feel like this will be a proactive way to make sure kids are getting to where they need to be and creating a little more organization.”

Buses will load in the afternoons on the east side of the elementary school, facing south, where teachers and parents previously parked.

Bus students going to Fontanelle and car pickup students will be dismissed at 3:20 p.m. daily.

The important changes pertaining to elementary students are as follows:

• Car pickup students will be picked up in front of the elementary school

• Vehicles picking up students at the elementary building are asked to loop through the first section of parking past the elementary school, then stop where the red star is on the accompanying map.

• At the red star will be a staff member who will ask which children are being picked up. They will radio into the building so that those children are ready.

• Staff will help children to the appropriate car. Only five cars will be allowed in the pick-up zone at a time. Staff will help young children into the car. Parents are asked to keep car seats and booster seats on the passenger side of their vehicle as this is the only side students will be allowed to get into, for safety’s sake.

Bus riders going to Fontanelle will leave at 3:20 p.m. with car pick-up students. All other elementary school students will be dismissed at 3:30 p.m.

High school students and middle school students will be dismissed at 3:15 p.m. High school students leaving from the south side of the high school will be forced to go north out of the school and encouraged to take North Townline Road to reduce traffic near the elementary school. The driveway in front of the high school will be one-way, traveling north, from 3:15 to 3:30 p.m. each day to help with this process.

“Our big thing at the high school is, based on Mr. Larson’s recommendation, we’re trying to accomondate and make sure we don’t have a lot of congestion at the end of our driveway,” Miller said. “That will be a big change, in that we’ll ask students leaving at the end of the school day to head north and exit the north entry. Beyond those 15 minutes everything will be normal (at the high school).”

Larson stressed that while there will be extra time that elementary students have in the classroom due to these changes, they’re all being made because of safety.

Caleb Nelson

Caleb Nelson

Caleb Nelson has served as News Editor of the Adair County Free Press and Fontanelle Observer since Oct. 2017. He and his wife Kilee live in Greenfield. In Greenfield and the greater Adair County area, he values the opportunity to tell peoples' stories, enjoys playing guitar, following all levels of sports, and being a part of his local church.