Student Arrival and Dismissal

Explanation: Most schools experience their own version of “rush hour” during the beginning and end of the school day. School-related traffic contributes significantly to morning rush hours in our communities. Arrival and dismissal traffic can create dangers for everyone, but especially for students walking and bicycling, who are more vulnerable. This provision is designed to increase safety through arrival and dismissal procedures that facilitate the orderly flow of traffic to and from school. By working with the local jurisdiction, Safe Routes to School Team, students, families, and neighbors, schools can plan for smooth traffic flow through the school area. 

Option 1: District recognizes that ensuring student safety is especially critical during student arrival and dismissal times due to (i) increased automobile and bus traffic volume, and (ii) the potential for conflicts between different modes of transportation, which creates particular danger for those engaging in active transportation.  Accordingly, District requires individual schools to improve the safety of all modes of transportation during these time periods by separating active transportation from other forms of transportation as much as possible.

Potential options include: establishing remote drop-off locations, car-free zones, single lanes for drop-offs and pick-ups, and early dismissal for active transporters. 

Rating: 
2

Option 2: District recognizes that ensuring student safety is especially critical during student arrival and dismissal times due to (i) increased automobile and bus traffic volume, and (ii) the potential for conflicts between different modes of transportation, which creates particular danger for those engaging in active transportation.  Accordingly, District requires individual schools to improve the safety of all modes of transportation during these time periods by separating active transportation from other forms of transportation as much as possible.

To achieve this end, one or more of the following strategies must be adopted by every District school: remote drop-offs, car-free zones, single lanes for drop-offs and pick-ups, early dismissal for active transporters, or any other strategy that meaningfully improves safety for active transporters during arrival and dismissal times.

Rating: 
3

Option 3: District recognizes that ensuring student safety is especially critical during student arrival and dismissal times due to (i) increased automobile and bus traffic volume, and (ii) the potential for conflicts between different modes of transportation, which creates particular danger for those engaging in active transportation.  Accordingly, District requires individual schools to improve the safety of all modes of transportation during these time periods by separating active transportation from other forms of transportation as much as possible.

To achieve this end, one or more of the following strategies must be adopted by every District school: remote drop-offs, car-free zones, single lanes for drop-offs and pick-ups, early dismissal for active transporters, or any other strategy that meaningfully improves safety for active transporters during arrival and dismissal times.

Such strategies shall be developed with input from relevant your jurisdiction agencies and School Team and shall be incorporated into the School Travel Plan.

Rating: 
3

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