Important Carpool Reminders

A Message from Principal Simpson…

Our March virtue is tranquility. The definition that we use with the students when discussing this virtue fits perfectly with my message for the week, and is as follows:

– Keep yourself from reacting poorly to others.
– People are not perfect and the world is not fair.
– Learn to deal with both despite imperfections.
– Be patient.
 
We need your help with carpool. We have had an increase in people being rude and impatient with the staff and volunteers working carpool. In the past week alone, we’ve had several displays of bad temper and inappropriate behavior by parents. The carpool crew is doing the best that they can in a difficult situation. They are out in the elements ensuring that students arrive and depart safely. We need you to be patient and helpful; and we need everyone to follow the established carpool rules. I’d like you to carefully read the following specific areas where we need to see improvement:
 
1. When dropping off students in the morning, it is not acceptable to pull into the parking lot and drop off your children there instead of going through the A and B Zone drop-off points. An exception is made for families who have a reserved space and students who need to utilize the handicapped spaces for a medical reason. Many parents who drop off in the parking lot do not park legally and their children are left dodging cars in the lot to get to the crosswalk, creating a dangerous situation. Please go through the carpool line to drop off your children.  
 
2. More and more students are getting dropped off late in the morning. If you are dropping off your student after 8:15 a.m. look to see if the front doors are shut. If they are, you need to come into the office and sign in your student. If you arrive between 7:45 and 8 a.m., your student will have plenty of time to get settled, and you will not have to wait in line nearly as long. There are usually very few cars during that time. In fact, we are rarely backed-up until a little after 8 a.m. If you are pulling onto property after 8:10 a.m., your student will most likely be late to class. 
 
3. In the afternoon, we’ve had a problem with students who are approved to be walkers, but instead of walking home, they are getting picked up in the preschool parking lot. Walkers are supposed to either walk home or walk to a meeting point off campus. In the afternoon, the preschool lot is reserved as a waiting area for students who are late coming outside. Parking in the preschool parking lot causes a number of safety issues. This lot was not designed to be a waiting area to pick up walkers and avoid the carpool line. If there is inclement weather, you can email ‘traffic@bfacademy.org’ and change the student’s walker status for the day, then pick up your student(s) in carpool. 
 
4.  If you arrive later in carpool and we are in all-call, please stay in your car and stay in line. This will be the fastest and safest way for you to pick up your children.  
 
These areas will be more closely monitored moving forward. We look forward to partnering with all of you to make sure that our students remain safe.  
 
For those of you that follow the rules on a daily basis, thank you for displaying our virtue of tranquility during carpool and being an example to your children that following established rules is important for everyone’s safety.
 
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