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Parking lot, student drop-off procedures are changed
Unadilla Valley CSD strives to ensure our school is as safe as it can be, whether it is in the classroom, in our hallways or in a parking lot.

To improve safety and security, the district implemented a number of changes in parking and traffic flow before the start of the new school year. In recent years, traffic flow and parking – particularly at the start and end of the school day – has not gone as smoothly as it should. In addition, parents have traditionally been allowed to walk their children to their classrooms in the morning. This has created situations that could potentially be unsafe.

In addition to our own buses and parents dropping off students, the district has buses and vans from other school districts that release students outside of the building. There are also delivery drivers that need to gain access to our loading dock area at all times of day. We must always make sure that emergency vehicles have quick access to our building. We also must be able to account for every person that is in the building, including staff, students and visitors, to ensure safety for all.

These changed include new signage and new designated parking, including 15-minute visitor parking spots. The changes also include limiting parking on the loop outside the elementary entrance to “drop-off” only.  

Although in the past Unadilla Valley CSD has allowed elementary school parents to walk their children to their classrooms, this procedure will be changing. During the first week and a half of school, elementary parents will be able to walk their children to class in order to help get them adjusted. But starting on Sept. 16, parents will no longer be able to enter the school with their children to take them to class. Our faculty and staff are aware that some younger children may feel anxiety from not having a parent accompany them to their classrooms, but we are confident we will be able to help them overcome that and have a successful school day. 

We are mindful that parents and guardians are busy, especially in the mornings, and one of the goals of these changes is to ensure parents can arrive at the school to expeditiously and safely drop off their children and continue their morning routines. While most of the changes will affect the elementary side of the building, we have examined parking and traffic flow throughout the campus. The district will release additional information as it becomes available to help make the start of the school year run as smoothly as possible.

We appreciate the cooperation of the school community to help make our hallways, parking lots and driveways as safe as they can be.
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