Granby establishes safe zone near elementary
October 20, 2016
Weekday mornings can be a challenge as you race from home to work and points in between. That hurried rush is an often unavoidable part of many people's lives but it can lead to a complacent carelessness that is potentially dangerous as youngsters make their way to school. The Town of Granby is now taking steps to reduce that inherent potential danger by establishing a safe zone around the local elementary school.
Recently Granby Elementary Principal, and Granby Town Trustee, Jane Harmon approached the Granby Board to request the approval of a safe zone around Granby Elementary School. The Town of Granby will soon be posting signs around Granby Elementary School (GES) that prohibit, "stopping, standing, or parking from 7:30AM–8:30AM & 3:30PM-4:30PM on both Mesa Street and Jasper Avenue near Granby Elementary School."
Harmon explained some of the thinking behind the request stating, "our goal is to create a separate bus area from other vehicles and from students who oftentimes run out in front of or between busses." The issue has been a lightly simmering one for Harmon who has highlighted her concerns in the past and who, as Principal of GES, is intimately familiar with the particular dynamics.
"This is being done to create the safest possible drop off and pickup zones for all of our children and families," Harmon stated. Harmon took particular note of concerns about parents dropping off students near the schools' playground entrance as well as the bus drop off area.
"We continue to ask ALL parents not to use the playground entrance for drop off or the bus area for drop off or pick up," Harmon stated.
Parents of students attending GES are encouraged to drop their youngsters off at the front drop off zone/loop located on Topaz Ave., on the northern side of the school. The school has designated all parking spots in the building's front as drop off and pick up parking spots.
A press release from the school states, "For those parents wishing to accompany a child to the playground in the morning, you may park in front of the school and walk through the front doors of GES to accompany your child to the playground. The playground opens at 8 a.m."
Afternoon pick ups will function in much the same format. Parents picking up students should park in front of the school. Kindergarteners and first-grade students will exit the school from the cafeteria doors. Second and third-graders will exit GES from the main doors on the north side of the building while fourth and fifth-graders will exit through the upper grade wing's door.
"We will continue to monitor before and after school in order to make these times the safest and most efficient they can be," stated Harmon. "Please don't hesitate to contact the school if you have any questions or comments."