Back-to-school traffic flow

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Back-to-school traffic flow

by: Airman 1st Class Mariah Haddenham | .
36th Wing Public Affairs | .
published: September 06, 2012

Andersen Air Force Base children are back at school. This year, a new traffic flow plan has been set in place to decrease morning traffic flow and improve drop-off time for parents, while keeping children safe.

“Amidst the excitement of back to school preparations, families often overlook one essential item, which is safety,” said Lt. Col. Adrianne Williams, 36th Wing chief of safety. “As a result, the 36th Wing Safety office is requesting all families take a moment to review the drop-off and pick-up procedures and reflect on a few key back to school safety items such as traffic in and around the school.”

“Drop off for the students takes place between 7:20 a.m.-7:35 a.m.,” said Senior Airman Stacy Turnipseed, 36th Wing ground safety apprentice.“We’ve created two lanes for the elementary school drop-offs. There is now one lane reserved strictly for drop-offs and a separate lane of traffic for parents who wish to park their cars in the parking lot and enter the school with their children.”

The parking spots are also available for parents with pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students who need to be walked to their classrooms.

The new traffic flow plan includes an additional parking lot connected to the main parking lot and a right-turn only lane to exit the parking lot.

“With the traffic in this area, we also want parents to be aware that the crosswalks occupied by teachers will not be manned after the 7:35 a.m. morning bell,” Turnipseed said.

Students who ride a bus to the school are dropped off in the designated area and must renew their bus pass yearly. Parents can call school bus transportation at 366-5467 for more details.

It is recommended that parents discuss safe ways to board and exit the bus with their children, especially when having to cross a road. If elementary-age children are going to walk to school, their parents should discuss with them the safest route. It is important to stress that the shortest route might not always be the safest route.

Taking proper precautions will help schools at Andersen Air Force Base start the year off right and keep students safe.

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