As we have grown, traffic in the parking lot has become dangerous, so we are increasingly concerned for the safety of the children. My husband saw a little girl run over in a school parking lot when he was a young boy. She died in front of him. I don’t want to imagine the grief.
Also, as you know, we are working toward accreditation with WASC. The visiting coordinators have given us some items we must accomplish to continue. We are working hard and completing most of the requirements; however, one of the items is the parking situation. It alarmed them. They said it was unsafe for children to be out playing in a busy parking lot, and they would not consider going forward if we didn’t stop the situation. As a result, we have no choice but to change our parking rules.
NLIS has many parents and teachers who use the parking lots regularly. NLIS has two parking lots with 23 spaces. Therefore, the teachers and staff have created the following guidelines:
1. Parents with large cars or vans, please only use the side gravel parking lot. Large vehicles have trouble getting in and out, thus slowing the traffic.
2. Please come at your oldest child’s class time. The younger sibling will wait in their classroom until their older sister or brother finishes the school day. For example, if you have a child in 7th and kindergarten, please come at 3:30. Your kindergarten child will wait with their teacher until you get them at 3:30.
Release times are:
3:00 for kindergarten through 2nd grade
3:15 for 3rd grade through 6th grade
3:30 for 7th grade through 11th grade
3. Children must not play in the parking lot. Parents must come into the classroom to pick up their children when they arrive and should keep them from playing in the parking lot. If a parent wants to talk with another parent, please arrange to come ten minutes early and talk before you come in to get your child.
4. Fifteen minutes should be the maximum time in the parking lot for each car.
Thank you for helping the students to be safe.
Suzy Brown, Principal