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How do the other parents drive in front of YOUR elementary school?

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I really hope that the parents in my town are just idiots.

Our elementary school recently went through some construction; before it was finished, the parents would constantly block the one-way street in front of the school when picking their kids up. Stalled parking(stopping your call in the middle of the street, usually to talk to someone who is parked or stalled as well) is really common here. It is one thing when someone does it on a deserted street (it is still ignorant, but at least it isn't backing up traffic), but to do it in front of a school that has just let out?? ARGH!!!!!

Anyway, after the construction was completed and a roundabout driveway was put in, I thought it would change the way people, no. At the beginning of school, the point is to drive up, drop your kid off, and leave. Several parents will drive up, PARK, go inside with their kid, so that the rest of us get backed up and either have to wait until that moronic parent comes back out, or try to maneuver around the parked vehicle.

One that happened several months ago infuriated me to no end. A grandma was there to pick up the granddaughter; she parked her car IN THE MIDDLE OF THE STREET, walked over to the school and was gone for a good 10 minutes. Who does that??

Another instance just happened the other day; I was there to drop my girls off at school. A truck was stopped on the curb of the roundabout, and other vehicles got in the other lane to pass it and go around. Once car was stopped beside the truck TO TALK TO THE TRUCK'S DRIVER; I am not shy, I honked so they would get out of the way.

I expect parents to be good role models for their children; I realize that isn't always the case, but it seems to me that most of the parents at my girls' school think that they are the most important and consideration for others isn't necessary.

What is it like at YOUR school??

by on Apr. 28, 2013 at 8:05 AM
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by on Apr. 29, 2013 at 4:00 AM

I am from Kansas; the town has a population of 13,000, so the school is an average size I guess.

Quoting mlmynm81:

Sounds just like my kids school. What state are you from?

by on Apr. 29, 2013 at 4:04 AM

Wow, your daughter's school has a fantastic idea! Why can't more schools do things like that? I swear, ours just thinks that they are responsible for the kids when they are in the building, but before and after school they take NO responsibility!

Quoting ivf_blessed:

Horrible at my DS's school - I have to park on a very busy street at a busy intersection and get out of car to get my child when they walk out of school as a class.  Some days there are very courteous drivers that stop and let me cross with my son other times, not so much.  The sad thing, it's usually the parent running late to pick up their own child that I have to watch out for.  They will run anyone down to get parked.  smh

My DD's school is great - they have a parent pick up line.  You stay in your car, pull into the line and have your number in your window.  3 cars pull up to the school curb at a time and the child/children are escorted by school staff to get in the cars which pull away and the next 3 cars in line pull up.  For parents going into the school, they usually park in an entirely different area to avoid all the parent pick up traffic.

by Bronze Member on Apr. 29, 2013 at 4:08 AM

well the school my kids go to now its so easy to drop off or pick up. the teachers who supervise before and after school don't allow  one to just park their car and leave. they  make you find a parking spot for that. now  old  sheesh. that parking lot was a mess and  they had 2 lanes. i cant tell you how many times i told parents they couldn't just leave their car in the drop/pick up Ln. or honk my horn til they got their cars. git plenty of dirty looks for that. 

by on Apr. 29, 2013 at 6:44 AM
We have a bus loop that runs along in front of main door. Each day, several cars disregard the 'no cars in bus loop' sign to pick up their children inspite of ample short term spots just a few steps away.
by Bronze Member on Apr. 29, 2013 at 7:14 AM

The same with us.  We have emails go out every couple of month reminding parents that they can not park in front of the school, which way to turn into the carpool lane.  There is a street behind our school and parents will park in no parking area's dropping off or picking up their kids.  The one neighbor next to the school has put up a big yellow sign in front of his driveway to not block it, people don't pay attention.  And also the speed that the parents fly through when the kids are walking in the crosswalk.  I'm waiting for an accident.

by Bronze Member on Apr. 29, 2013 at 7:21 AM

Ours is better than that, but way worse than our old school.  Our old school: parents pulled up to the front of the sidewalk, kids got out, parents drove off...the worst that happened was kid got out on wrong side of car or backpack was in trunk or goodbyes took too long.  We regularly got notes sent home reminding us to not hold up the line & not drive around stopped cars.

At this school, parents pull up and stop where the crosswalk is-when there is an adult safety waving them to drive through.  Kid gets out, parents sits there to watch kid walk all the way into school.  Cars try driving around the stopped parent, big mess.  And there is a stop sign that is regularly moved around the area and I don't know why lol.

by Ruby Member on Apr. 29, 2013 at 9:11 AM
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 It's actually not too bad at our school. Yes, the line does back up, but they have teachers outside to keep people moving, and the cars on the street don't get too bad. The school is in a subdivision, and most of the residents to the east of the school use the entrance/exit at the other end of the neighborhood at drop-off/pick-up times (those to the west use the same entrance/exit as the school, but don't get caught up in the traffic). At pick-up, if you end up having to wait for your child b/c they are late getting down to the pick-up door, they have you pull as far forward as possible so others can get out around you.

When picking up, you put a "sign" w/ your child's name in the front passenger window and the teacher calls for the kid and they come out. No having to get out of your car to get your child(ren).











by Bronze Member on Apr. 29, 2013 at 9:22 AM

We don't seem to have an issue.  It is pretty controlled and organized.  Although for drop off they have teachers outside, you pull into the school never on the St. and then for pick up you HAVE to park and go in.  They do not release children without a parent walking into the school and signing out their child w/ID, even for parent pick up kids. 

by Silver Member on Apr. 29, 2013 at 9:26 AM

Like idiots.  We walk and I've seen our crossing guard nearly get squashed multiple times, and when we're crossing the parking lot to get to the school the parents are lost in there one little dream world and drive like ass hats.  I suppose it would be bad form to drag them out of their cars, but I admit to visions of it when I've had a few close calls of my own.

by on Apr. 29, 2013 at 11:49 AM

Only once have I heard over the intercom asking a parent to move their silver minivan. The mom decided to go in for whatever reason. 
They want us to "park" bumper to bumper in the pick up lane, so if the gal didn't move, everyone else was stuck. 

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