Dear Families and Guardians,
For the past year the Memorial-Spaulding School Council and members of the PTO have been working closely with our Safety Officer, Dawn Fleming, staff from the City’s Transportation Division and the Board of Alderman to look at options we can try in order to make drop off and pick up safer for students, staff and families. A concept has been developed, which will be tested as a traffic “trial”. The trial involves re-striping a portion of Brookline Street in front of the school, and to replicate a “curbed island” feature, so as to create a separate bus lane while maintaining a lane for moving traffic. This will mean that passing vehicles will no longer be required to come to a stop when school buses are picking up or dropping off students.
The trial will be set up this week and will be in place the first few weeks of school. City staff will install message boards at each end of the school on Brookline Street to inform parents and commuters of the traffic changes. Police will be present during key times.
Please know that trials never work as well as permanent construction, but the purpose of this trial is to try to gather information in terms of how traffic conditions may change should a decision be made to make permanent changes to the road. The trial will last a few weeks. Should the trial be successful, the next step would be to present the design to the Board of Aldermen for review and approval.
At drop off next week you will also notice that the handicap parking spot has now been moved to a level location closer to the main school entrance. This spot now meets the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Please do not park in the handicap parking spot – I have been informed that the citation for parking in a handicap parking spot or curb cut has been increased to $200.