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Rules For the Parking Lot

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Rules For the Parking Lot

Renee Penegor

  1. Safety first.  This is my youngest child (obviously my favorite), please don’t run over her in the parking lot.  Actually, we’d all really like all of our kids to arrive to class safely.  
  2. Don’t park, drop off or wait in the red zone, crosswalk or neighbor’s driveways.  The red zone is for fire safety, crosswalk for walking safely, and the neighbor’s have jobs they need to get to (on time preferably).
  3. Don’t block parked cars, especially in the middle row.  People need to get to work (on time preferably).  This is not a safe place to unload your student.
  4. Stay off your phone.  When you smile and stare at your lap, all of us can tell you’re on your phone.  Texting, talking on the phone or liking that adorable post on Facebook can wait until after 8:10 a.m.
  5. If you can, walk.  Walking will get you those extra steps on your Fit-bit.  My daughter will still hold my hand when we walk side by side (priceless).  Parking on Monti Circle or behind the school on Westover and walking in is always a good choice.
  6. Please don’t park in reserved parking spots.  If you want that coveted spot with your name on it, go to the PTA auction next spring and bid on it.  I’m speaking from experience when I say it’s no fun to pay big money for that spot and never be able to park in it.  I’ll also say from experience that reserved parking spot is worth every penny.
  7. Don’t block the garbage bins behind the multi-use room.  The garbage doesn’t get picked up and your 5th grader in that new P wing can’t concentrate on their math facts because of the stench.
  8. Get to school early.  Don’t rush.  Kids are stressed when you are racing.  When you breathe, kids remember to breathe.  Show them that being to school on time and with a smile is important.  They should be walking into their classrooms by 8:05 a.m.
  9. Sometimes life happens -- the baby needed a diaper change, a lunch box was left behind, the alarm didn’t go off,  or you lingered too long over your corn flakes.  Your child will arrive late--accept it as a fact.  Don’t speed in the parking lot, and put another child at risk. This morning was hard, tomorrow will be better.
  10. The only person that should get out of the car when you pull your wheels parallel to the yellow zone is your student.  I promise, Johnny can put on his own coat, carry his backpack, and exit safely while you blow him a kiss.  Don’t fill out the photo day forms, field trip forms or sign your kid’s homework calendar while you’re parked in the yellow zone (You know who you are). Yellow is for loading and unloading students only.  Parents stay in your car.
  11. Please be on your best behavior and have sympathy for me, a mom who has three different kids at three different schools (College Park, Pleasant Hill Middle and Strandwood) and is trying to get them all there safely and on time.  Thanks for helping to make Strandwood a better place one drop off and pick up at a time.

submitted by C. Gifford-Palermo