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    We are getting close to the start of school in our new building! One big piece to our successful move will be our transportation plan for drop-off and pick-up, as well as for events at the school. The neighborhood has not had schools on the site at the capacity we are expecting in quite some time. We at school have been working on creating procedures that will help with a smooth flow of students, parents and traffic. I hope that the procedures and guidelines in this message can help us all to be good neighbors and above all keep everyone in our community safe.

    We hope that these procedures and guidelines will help keep everyone safe and ensure that each of us gets to school ready to learn.  Keep your eye out for people in the crosswalks and biking around school. We also ask that you have patience with us as we work through these new procedures. Being in a new site, we can anticipate challenges, but there are likely to be some unknown ones. Having patience with staff and other drivers as we all navigate the new changes will help us have a wonderful school year.

    After the start of school, we will be reviewing these procedures and making any modifications that might be necessary. We welcome feedback on the plan once implemented as we are always working to improve our practice and help make school a safe and welcoming place.

    School Day Drop-off and Pick-Up:

    We strongly encourage students to ride the bus, walk or bike to school. These methods help reduce the number of cars entering and exiting the campus, reducing congestion and increasing safety. Each student outside of the walk zone should receive busing information. If you have any questions about your child's bus, please contact the Transportation Department at 206.252.0900 or transdept@seattleschools.org. In years past, the buses have been significantly late the first few weeks of school. I do not anticipate as many late buses this year, as Cascadia is moving to Tier 1 in the bus structure and our buses should be arriving at school on time, for an on time departure. I will be sending updates on when buses depart for the first few weeks.

    When children arrive via the bus, they are dropped off on Wallingford Ave. They will then walk through an interior courtyard, through the Commons, and out to the playground to play and wait for their teacher. Staff will be on Wallingford Ave to meet and greet students arriving via bus.

    If you do drive to school for drop-off or pick-up we encourage you to carpool with other families. We are restricting the parking in the front lot to only allow drop-off/pick-up of students. Please do not try to park in or exit the lot during 7:30-8am, or 2:20-2:50pm (1:05-1:35pm on Wednesdays). This is for safety and traffic flow reasons. We do not want children, or adults, walking between the line of moving cars.

    Cars enter the lot by turning from N 90th Street. Once in the line of cars we ask that you do not get out of your vehicle for any reason. Staff will help students exit or enter your vehicle from the passenger-side once you have reached the front of the line. Your child should be ready to hop out of the car in the morning. At dismissal, we will be asking the driver what grade(s) and child's name then staff will go and get them from the waiting area. Please help teach your child not to run up to the cars in line if they see you. Staff will help them get into the car.

    If your child needs assistance or you want to walk them in please find legal street parking. Also, if you notice a backup on N 90th Street of cars waiting to turn into the lot, please consider finding street parking and walking in.

    Cars exiting the lot can only turn right/west onto N 90th Street.

    Please also ensure that you are refraining from using your cellphone while in line, giving your full attention to driving will help keep staff, students and community safe.

    If you are walking or biking to pick up your child after school you will also meet them out front of the school. Please use the pedestrian walk ways on either side of the parking lot and do not cut through the lot. If you would like to play after school you are welcome to pick your child up and walk through the gates to the playground. Please make sure that you are supervising their play and enforcing the playground rules posted.

    Events at School:

    We will have many fun events that will happen at school during the day and in the evening. We also encourage taking the bus, walking, biking or carpooling to reach these events. We are lucky to have a Metro stop right on the corner of school!

    If the event is outside of the drop-off and pick-up time restrictions (7:30-8am, or 2:20-2:50pm (1:05-1:35pm on Wednesdays)) you may utilize parking in the front lot. Especially for evening events, the lots at Robert Eagle Staff Middle School and Licton Springs K-8 may also be used. If all lots are full please find legal street parking which does not block driveways or alleys (5' clearance on either side), crosswalks (20' clearance on either side), or stop signs (30' clearance). The west side of Wallingford Ave north of N 90th St is bus only during the school day, but can be utilized for evening events. Wallingford Ave south of N 90th St often has ample parking. Other options are to park at Licton Springs Park, the Oak Tree Village parking lot, Greenlake Bathhouse, Sandel Park, Greenwood Park (Fremont and 91st), and walk the several blocks.

     Please see the attached map and Transportation plan created for our school.