Back to School Means Back to Dealing With The School Drop Off/Pick Up Fun!
When I think of "back to school" I think of things like shopping for new clothes and supplies, getting my kids back into a school routine for homework and studying. I think of hectic mornings and stressful evenings (because homework!) But one thing I always forget about until we are actually back at school? The Student Drop Off/Pick Up Line.
I never had to deal with this when my boys were in elementary school. They wanted to take the bus to school and home every day and I let them. Due to budget cuts and the fact that we live too close to the school, the bus is not an option for my daughter. So, every day I have to get in the car, drive her to school and deal with the mess in the parking lot. And every afternoon, I get to drive back and do it again.
The parking lot at my daughter's school consists of one parking lot in the front that is staff only parking and then one driveway that goes along the front of the school. The way it's designed is that if you are dropping your child off, you drive along to the front of the school, let your child out of the car and drive away. For those who don't want to simply drop off, there is a ton of street parking so you can park your car and walk your kid to the front of the school. It's a simple system that works if everyone follows the rules. But of course, not everyone follows the rules.
There's the parent who puts their car in park instead of just dropping of their kid, holding up the entire line of cars behind them.
There's the parent who is in a hurry, gets annoyed that they have to wait in the slow moving line on the street, so they try to speed around the cars putting people crossing the street in danger.
There's the parent who doesn't want to have to drive down the street to make a u-turn so decides to do a 3 point turn in the middle of the street, but it ends up being more like a 16 point turn because there is so little room with all of the cars parked along the street.
Those are just a few of the Drop Off/Pick Up Line Trouble Makers.
I try to get to school at least 15 minutes before it starts/ends (as opposed to 5 minutes before) to avoid the people who are rushing to get their kid to school on time. I do my best to follow the rules, to be courteous of the other parents and students and to smile as much as possible, to not not shout out ALL OF THE CUSSWORDS and stay focused on my goal, which is getting my daughter to school and from school safely.
What has your experience been like with the school drop off/pick up line?