Parking Lot and Traffic
Our parking lot is small and has very limited parking. During drop off in the morning and pick up in the afternoon our parking lot is blocked off for staff and bus access only. Our parking lot can be dangerous when cars and buses are coming and going. It is important that children and adults do not cut across the parking lot. Please make sure that you always use the sidewalk when coming to and leaving school. Remember that children are always watching, so please be a good role model even if you are walking without a child.
Many of our families have handicapped placards. We have very few handicapped parking spots. Please do not come into the parking lot unless you really have challenges walking. If your child is capable of walking to you, and you are going to wait in the car, you do not need to come into the parking lot. Once the handicapped parking spot in our parking lot is full, no other vehicles will be able to enter the lot. If you get to the school early enough, there is no problem getting a parking spot directly across the street and your child can walk to you.
Maryland Avenue Elementary School is truly a neighborhood school, built in the 1950s. In that era children walked to school from their homes in the neighborhood and there was not a great need for traffic control. Now in 2011, things are very different. Although we still have the same basic facilities that were built in the 50s, we are dealing with a totally different set of traffic concerns. The vast majority of our students are dropped off and picked up by parents before and after school. This creates great traffic congestion, as well as frayed nerves and impatient drivers.In the interest of keeping all of our precious children safe, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE abide by these traffic rules:
You may want to consider dropping off and picking up your child at our back entrance on Kiowa Drive. There is less congestion on Kiowa Drive and safety patrol and adult supervision is provided there as well. If you choose to use Kiowa Drive and leave your car to join your child at Peace Circle, keep in mind that the gate will be locked by 8:10am.