Please follow the traffic flow pictured here. Traffic procedures are estbalished for the safety of all students, and in consideration of our neighbors during busy drop-off & pick-up times.
“Big Toy” – Before school: Drivers drop off students on the sidewalk in front of the main school entrance on 32nd Avenue NE. Parent volunteers are present to facilitate safe unloading of cars and traffic flow. Please do not drop your student anywhere along campus except where parent volunteers are standing.
“Loop” – Before school: Drivers enter the parking lot on the north side of the school through the entrance on NE 65th Street OR the north gate on 33rd Avenue NE. Please have your students & their belongings ready to safely exit the car when you pull up to a parent volunteer. Students are allowed to open the car door from the inside, provided it is your car’s turn. Parent volunteers are there to facilitate safe unloading of cars and traffic flow. When exiting the loop, drivers turn right and drive south on 33rd Avenue NE. Left turns are not permitted due to narrow streets. Please do not drop your student anywhere along campus except in “Loop” or in front of the main entrance at the “Big Toy”, where parent volunteers are standing.
After school in the afternoon, teachers facilitate the loading of cars at both “Loop” & “Big Toy.”
The afternoon “Loop” operates similar to a ferry terminal loading area. Cars enter the parking lot starting at 2:15 pm in anticipation of the 3:00 dismissal. As cars enter the parking lot, they choose to fill one of the 5 holding zone lanes. The 5 holding lanes are represented in the diagram to the left by the blue lines.
Upon dismissal, cars take turns, one car at a time, filtering into a pick-up line, represented in the diagram on the left by the orange and white lines. The pick up of children is then facilitated by ASB teachers.
Parking: Park on nearby streets, observing posted parking regulations. It is important to not block our neighbor’s driveways – even “for just a minute.”
PreK Drop-off/Pick-up: PreK parents are asked to park on nearby streets and walk students to class, allowing you to sign your child in and out of the classroom. Please remember there is no parking allowed along NE 62nd Street in the morning, or on any ASB noon-dismal days.
What is Traffic Duty?
In order to make morning drop off go more smoothly and be safer for our children, we have parents stand at both of the school drop off locations (4 in the loop and 2 at the Big Toy) and open and close car doors to help facilitate students getting out of vehicles safely. Each grade is responsible for one month of traffic duty and the parent(s) of each child in that grade must cover two (occasionally 3) 20 minute shifts. The traffic coordinator randomly assigns duty to each family and sends out those assignments via Sign-up Genius approximately 2 weeks before that grade’s month starts. You will also get a reminder from Sign-up Genius 2 days before your shift(s). If you are assigned a shift you are unable to work, it is your responsibility to find someone to switch with or find someone to cover your shift. Grandparents, spouses, family members or friends are all able to cover your shift for you. This is not an optional volunteer opportunity – but it does count toward your service hours. It is critical to be in your position by 8:15 am and stay until 8:35 to ensure we help ease traffic congestion.
Here are the months that each grade is responsible for covering:
3rd – September
4th – October
5th – November
6th – December and June (both short months) 7th – January
2nd – March
1st – April
K – May
Thank you for doing your part to help our traffic move smoothly each morning and keeping our kids safe!
Traffic Duty Questions & Answers:
What time does traffic duty start?
Your first responsibility is to arrive before 8:15, park near the school (note there are several areas you can’t park during drop off due to traffic patterns for ASB drop off, so parking one block away is good). You should be standing in place in the loop or at big toy by 8:15am, not parking at 8:15am. Your shift is over and you may leave at 8:35am.
What time can I start to let kids out of cars?
You can begin opening doors at 8:15 to let the students out. Many arrive before 8:15 and wait for traffic duty to begin. There is not supervision before 8:15am so please do not let them out before that time. If you are an early drop off parent, please wait patiently with your child in your car until 8:15.
Where do I stand?
If you are one of the four parents in the loop, proceed to the North side of the main building of the school and please stand at the cones that are set out for you. We will be making signs that say “1, 2, 3, 4”. Please stand at a designated number spot. We are finding it a problem that loop duty volunteers are either scrunching together and talking to each other during duty, starting too far back so that cars don’t pull all the way forward, or standing too close together to efficiently target four cars. You should be spread out along the entire length of the parking lot with the first volunteer near the fence where cars pull out.
If you are at Big Toy, proceed to the side walk in front of the Big Toy where the cones are.
What is my responsibility during traffic duty?
Your responsibility is to open car doors for families as they pull forward and help the children safely out of the car. This may mean just opening the door for bigger kids, or sometimes helping kindergarteners to get out of their cars with their backpack and gear in hand. You should move along the line and help all cars that are stopped until the line begins to pull forwards, at that time please shift back to your spots. It is also your duty to wave cars forward and discourage cars from stopping too far back and letting their kids out when there are cars already unloaded and moving forward in front of them. At Big Toy, the line often gets backed up due to cars not being able to turn right onto 65th. Please be sure you are moving along the line and letting kids out safely while this occurs and until the cars can pull forward.
What if I can’t do a shift I’ve been assigned?
Either parent in the family may do your traffic duty, as well as a nanny, friend, grandparents, etc. If none of these people are available to take your shift for you, you need to find somebody else in your grade level to take your shift or swap with you. A simple email to the grade level almost ALWAYS will result in somebody saying they would be happy to swap. At that point, you need to go into sign up genius and do it directly there so that we can take accurate attendance as to who was supposed to be there on what day. It is a fairly simple process to swap with somebody, but please do not hesitate to ask our sign up genius coordinator Wendy Kelley if you have any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org.