Our children are of the utmost important to all of us. With this in mind, we need to make sure getting to school and picking your student up must be done in an orderly fashion, showing the best and most respectful behavior. So I am sending a few reminders:
- When it is your week to work the valet, please be on time. Make sure there are 3-4 adults working the valet line. Students may only be helpers if their parents are present. NOBODY should step off of the curb. Make sure cars come to a complete stop before the car door is opened. Do not open doors in the alley or east of the alley.
- While using the Valet on Idaho, make sure you pull up to the curb east of the alley and before the crosswalk on Idaho. Please pull all the way forward in the drop off line and do not let your child out prior to the alley. Have your child ready to go. Eating breakfast, having a long hug, unloading the trunk, signing notes, etc. should be done prior to the valet line. Your child should have all of his/her things in the car, not in the trunk and be ready to go. Please do not get out of your car, but let your child out on the school side of the car. Be courteous to the volunteers (smile and thank them and remember they are volunteers). Be courteous to other drivers.
- Please do not use the west Idaho gate for drop off. This is for walkers only.
- Do not use the alley or the parking lot for drop off or pick up. This is very dangerous and children have been close to being hit by cars in these areas.
- Do not jay walk. Use crosswalks on Montana and Idaho. Please do not cross outside of a marked crosswalk.
- Never double park. Never let your child out of your car when you double park.
- Remind your child that helmets must be warn when riding bikes, skateboarding, and scootering. Remind your child to ride safely and obey the laws of the road.
- Please do not stop in the bus zone or handicap spot (the blue curb).
- Leave home early, so you are not rushing to school. We lock the front and back gates as close to 8:30am as possible. Your child will miss valuable instructional time if he or she is late. When you are rushing, you have a greater risk of having an accident.
- Please demonstrate our Franklin Values as a parent. Your children will act the way you do. When you yell at the crossing guard or Valet volunteer, you show your child that he does not have to treat others well or respect authority. Oddly enough, when we have a lot of complaints about drop off, we notice that we have more discipline issues during the day.
SMPD officers have been giving out tickets for traffic violations and unsafe driving. Make sure you don’t have to pay a hefty fine for “bending” the law. We do not want to lose a child based on avoidable traffic misbehavior. Please help us keep our children safe.
Thank you in advance.