The traffic around Henderson Junior High School will be one-way beginning with the new school year. Signs are ordered and will be in place soon, according to Principal Bob Cervetto.
Parents can enter on Frey Street and exit on Wolfe Nursery Road or make a circle and exit back to Frey Street. The entrances off of Wolfe Nursery Road will be two-way traffic for those wishing to exit there, but people entering from the road will see a Do Not Enter sign restricting the flow of traffic from that direction behind the school.
Cervetto said he would like to remind everyone that the lanes on the inside perimeter is for buses only and will be clearly marked as such.
"Please avoid the inside bus lane at all times," Cervetto said.
There are two areas where parents can drop-off or pick-up children and they are the south and west Cafetorium entrances.
Gilbert Intermediate School Principal Tommy Washington said his students will not be allowed to cross concrete without being accompanied by an adult.
Washington said in the front drive circle area only the lane closest to the building would be allowed for student drop-off and pick-up. If a parent chooses to park in the lane closest to the street they will be required to get out of their vehicle and escort the student to avoid a child crossing three lanes of traffic alone. The middle lane is for through traffic only.
"A child should never step out from between parked cars in any area unaccompanied," Washington said.
Washington said parents may park on the school side of Dale Street up to the point of the circular drive and pick up children that way, but if they park on the residential side of Dale, the student will be required to cross at the intersection of Dale and Frey with the crosswalk guard.
Washington said at no time will children be allowed to be picked up or dropped off in the teacher parking lot and to remember that any area where there is a yellow curb is a no parking area.
Washington said parents may also pick up their children at the chain link fence on the playground side at Frey Street but stressed parents not motioning children over to the other side of the street.
"At no time should a student cross any lane of traffic alone," Washington said.
ANGELIA JOINER is a staff writer for the Empire-Tribune. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (254) 965-3124,ext. 238