Some Springdale Elementary School parents are upset because changes in the drop-off and pick-up procedures had traffic at the school tied up for quite a distance in both directions on the first day they were implemented.
Parents were sent letters home on Jan. 30 and the changes began Jan. 31. According to the letter, parents are no longer allowed to take their child inside the building in the morning. In the afternoon, parents are no longer allowed to go in and pick up their child before 2:55, when all pick-ups will begin being called to the pick-up lane.
“These changes are not an attempt to hinder or break the lines of communication between you and your child’s teacher,” states the letter. “They are only to make our school a safer environment.”
The letter was signed by principal Wanda Davis.
One parent, who wished not to be identified, is concerned that the tremendous traffic backup will be a danger for all involved — buses, parents, faculty, staff and students.
At the January meeting of the Claiborne County Board of Education, school security director Bob Oakes told the board and audience that several changes would be taking place to ensure the safety of students. Many are concerned about school safety after the December shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.
Officials are considering different options, including placing someone at the highway to help direct traffic during the busiest times.
“We will continue to improve on the current plan in an effort to provide our students with a safe and secure environment,” said Connie Holdway, director of schools.