"We just have to see how traffic patterns work and how people respond to the new signals". This sounds more like a reactionary approach than a preventative one. Perhaps some things weren't thought out as much as they should have been.
One entrance or exit to both East And West including the middle school does not allow for fire or ambulance to go to either school if needed. Waite for a major accident at the turn in and you will have a compound accident and put all of the children in harms way. This can not waite to be solved in the future but NEEDS TO BE SOLOVED YESTERDAY. Ok city counsel WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT IT? Or are you sitting on your thums and try to blame someone else. Another question: How long are you going to tieup our police to be out there. Remember Monday was a nice beautiful sunny day.
vox--you weren't supposed to figure that out this quick!
Only one word for this traffic mess: INSANITY!!!
Sage..."There is one entrance to keep the campus more secure."
They never heard of a GATE? It's a movable barrier that can either slide to the side or swing on hinges much like a regular door. It can be locked closed when not needed to allow entry or exit. Lots of fences have'em.
One intrance might be good for safety concerns, but it can also spell disaster if something unplanned happened and people needed to exit the schools in a hurry.It's akin to having one entrance to hospitals, grocery stores, streets, etc.I think one entrance for school busses, and one for car traffic would be better. They can both be monitored at certain hours and can be closed in between those certain hours.
If parents also have to wait in a car line for 45 minutes just to be able to drop off a child, they will begin arriving earlier and earlier, and thus the child(ren) will still not be getting more sleep.
The original draft elevations and site plans for the high schools indicate there are two proposed access/egress points for the East campus. One connecting the student parking lot to Ben Jordan (between Loop 463 and the baseball fields) and a second connecting the staff parking lot to John Stockbauer.
There are no other entrances or exits proposed for West.
The plans can be accessed on the VISD website below:
You can stagger the times all you want, but unless parents can stagger their work schedule as well I don't see how it will help.
If mom/dad still has to be at work by 8 but little Johnny's class doesn't start until 8:30, you can bet that mom or dad is still dropping him off at 7:45.
There is one entrance to keep the campus more secure.
The later start time was created based off of research-based practices. Science indicates that teenagers need about as much sleep as infants and toddlers because of their growth spurts (mentally and physically) and hormonal shifts. The research also indicates that their brains do not function optimally earlier in the morning. You can read more about this from "High Schools That Work" and by reading scientific journals that study the sleep needs of teenagers.
The only problem I could see, is with families with children in elementary, jr. high and high school. I guess all of them would be loaded up in time to get the elementary school student to class on time.
At the west campus, the high school students that drive to school, might not like having to leave early to drop off there jr. high siblings.
You know, "Mom!, I can sleep 30 more minutes, you take Dick or Jane to school and let me sleep!"
Did anyone ever ask, and did anyone ever answer, why there is only one entrace/exit at East and West? I can understand a little at West, but East could have an entrance off of Ben Jordan.