Did Your School Change its Drop-Off/Pick-Up Process?
A Let Grow fan in Davenport, Iowa, wrote to say how shocked he was to discover that his old elementary school’s dinky little drop-off lane had grown into a gigantic loop.
We asked for a photo illustrating the change, and it’s below, along with his note.
My school’s drop-off area got huge!
Dear Let Grow: This is Eisenhower Elementary in Davenport, IA.
The whole thing circled in red was built some time in the early 2000s, I think. Before that I’m pretty sure there was a little quarter circle drive where I’ve highlighted in yellow, where the couple cars picking kids up for doctor appointments or whatever used to wait when I was a student there in the late 80s.
At some point the number of parent cars grew and they added that huge extra parking lot and drop-off drive (the faculty/staff parking is the lot on the north side of the school—the south side is a playground).
I haven’t lived there since 1997 but in 2014, on the corner by my childhood house, I also recall seeing all the parents waiting for the school bus in the morning with their kids. We waited there without parents when I was a kid in the late ’80s (except on the coldest days—like below 0 F—when sometimes a parent or two would let us sit in an idling car at the bus stop while we waited).
— Puzzled Parent
Now tell us what’s happened at YOUR school!
Did YOUR school do something similar? Expand its drop-off area or change its policy? My own elementary school — Romona, in Wilmette, Illinois — redirected traffic to make the street one-way at drop-off and pick-up times. Clearly this indicates a flood of cars, despite the fact that the school is still nestled in a walkable neighborhood.
So if your school changed its drop-off policy or topography, please tell us. You can post in the comments below or drop a line to [email protected]. And if you have a photo or Google Earth map, that’s great, too. Thanks!