Ohio County Elementary Middle School principal Teresa George has set changes in place which she feels will address safety issues at the school.
Prior to two weeks of fall break. Mrs. George sent home a letter regarding the change in picking up students after school.
One change is there will be no early dismissal. “We’ve been losing 20 minutes of instructional time,” said George. Kindergarten and first grade students will now be dismissed along with others at 3:05.
Currently there are three pick up areas in the front of the school (the school circle, visitor parking lot and Mulberry Street).
“We’ve had some close calls of students and staff getting hit,” she reported.
The new procedure will have parents not use the circle but travel west on South Mulberry Street and turn onto Shiner Blvd. Cars will stop at a designated stop. Bus riders will be dismissed first. Once students are picked up, cars will continue on Shiner Blvd. toward the high school (the same route school buses take). Students will be released as bus riders, car pool or walkers.
The new procedure requires cars to display a carpool pass number placed in the windshield. Staff will call students out by the next number in line.
Parents can receive up to four carpool passes. They have until Nov. 2nd to return the pass request with a list of the four people who may be picking up the student. The make of car and license number are required also.
Parents or adults without car passes will have to go inside the school with identification and must be on the emergency contact list.