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Parking lot reminder: Don’t forget to “Kiss and Go”

Filed in Slingerlands by on August 13, 2018

As we prepare for the first day of school on Thursday, September 6, please remember to use our Kiss & Go Lane for dropping off students in the morning. We ask that you review these parking lot rules prior to the start of the school year. We look forward to welcoming you back!

What’s the Kiss & Go Lane?

For the safety of our children it is extremely important that we all become familiar with the proper procedures for dropping off children in the morning prior to the start of the school day. We cannot afford for our children to be harmed because parents do not follow the rules for parking, loading/unloading, stop signs, crosswalks, and bus zones at the school. We also need to teach our children to obey the traffic signs and to always look before crossing a street or moving within a parking lot. It’s going to take the commitment of all of us:  parents, families, administrators, teachers, and children to ensure that we make Slingerlands the safest school it can be. The Slingerlands Staff, Parents, and students will assist with the Kiss-and-Go process each morning.

Procedures:

  1. The Kiss and Go Lane is the front curve along the sidewalk. This is the designated drop off area in the morning prior to the start of the school day. DO NOT Leave your car unattended in this lane.
  2. This lane along the front curve is a FIRE LANE. Between the hours of8am-4pm, no cars should be left unattended here.
  3. The Kiss and Go Lane is for student drop off only. Adults may not exit the vehicle.
  4. When using Kiss-and-Go, pull as far forward as the lane or car in front of you allows. Pull all the way down to the Stop Sign / Flag Pole.  This is a single car lane.  Do not double or idle.
  5. Children should ALWAYS exit vehicles curbside (to the right), so please adjust any car/booster seats to enable safe exiting from your vehicle. Your child should be 100% prepared to exit the car with all the belongings. They need to be able to do this independently.  If they are unable to do this, you need to find a parking space so you can assist them.
  6. Once your child has exited and their door is closed, exit the Kiss-and-Go Lane promptly and safely.  Do not sit and watch your child enter the school.
  7. No one may exit the vehicle on the left side.
  8. If your child needs assistance, you need to find a parking place and walk your child in.
  9. The Kiss-and-Go system will only be staffed for drop-off in the morning.
  10. Starting at 9:00 a.m. volunteers will be in place to operate the Kiss-and-Go Lane system.
  11. The middle section of the curve (directly in front of the main doors) is for handicap drop off only. There are blue signs and orange cones that indicate this.  Do not stop in front of this area.
  12. Parents may also park in designated spots or on side streets around the school.

 

Other Safety Reminders for the Parking Lot

Just a few reminders to help minimize congestion as well as hazardous conditions:

  • Please drive slowly through the parking lot.
  • Please park only in designated parking spots. There are always plenty of parking spaces in the back of the building.
  • Please do not park in the crosswalk.
  • You may not turn left on to Union Ave between 9:00-9:30. This helps to alleviate congestion in the parking lot.
  • Do not use the Bus loading/unloading zone in the back of the school between 8:45-9:45am or 2:45-3:45pm.
  • Do not pass a parked school bus that has it’s Stop sign up and flashing lights.

 

A note from Principal Heidi Bonacquist

You are all probably wondering where I came up with this idea!  As you know, many parents and I have been concerned about the parking lot safety for many years.  Someone sent me the link to this Youtube video a few years ago and I thought it was a great idea.  I’ve done a little research and see that there are many other schools across the country with similar concerns and solutions.

Please be sure to share these procedures with a babysitter, grandparents or someone else who might be picking up your child(ren).

To get an idea about how Slingerlands’ new Kiss & Go Lane will work, you can view a video from Pleasantdale Elementary School in New Jersey, a school that introduced the Kiss & Go lane last year.

We know how busy everyone is in the morning and getting your children to school safely and on time is important to everyone.  Thanks for your support with these very important safety procedures!