Friday, October 8, 2021

The After School Pick up lane

 


One seldom sees the slaughter in pickup lane for schools. Oh, yes, it could be slaughter if cars do not follow directions and get the heck out the way.

I know this, mainly because I have had after-school duty to keep the car train moving and students crossing in the lanes. Nothing makes you question the lack of humanity when parents jockey for parking when 200+ parents are doing the same. Oh, it gets nasty.

Every negative thing you have heard about parent pick-up is true, and more so.

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I know, I know.  

Every driver reaches the time of insanity. One time I had the duty of the "hell drivers" in the enter line. Honestly, I had to block the only car lane that cut through and into the student crossing lane. I had to stand knee to bumper to protect a line of children. He revved his motor. I did have an umbrella and began to open it (why? then I thought it was necessary.) He peeled off and drove down the street. 15 min. later he was back, with no luck, and he moved off to the correct lane, after flipping me off.

Oh, people. Sigh.


14 comments:

  1. I never got a ride to school in my life. Simpler times then. Kids were expected to walk.

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  2. It's not easy to be a teacher in class ; you had a difficult duty outside the class too.

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    1. Thank you! Not everyone realizes that teaching has its dangers.

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  3. I was just at an elementary school, and I had "parking lot duty". I had to walk the kiddos to their parents' cars. I didn't understand until I got there what I was doing. Then I saw it. Yikes. It's a wonder there isn't someone run over once a day (or more than once).

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    1. It is a situation that is dangerous. You must have longed for middle/high school classes instead.

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  4. Parking at the school gates has always made me angry. My theory was 'If you can't walk to the school then don't send your kid there'.

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    1. Or at least, get your children to school in a safe manner. One could park down the block, walk the rest of the way with the child.

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  5. We lived on a school street here in small town USA. We are co confused at pickeruppers. They line one lane of our two lane street 1 hour before school is closed. they park in the road and get out and talk and smoke, Then when we want to go home we go in the wrong lane and the police try to ticket the residents. CRAZY we are no longer there but see the street at school time a lot. OUCH
    I would not want your job of directing the traffic, that is for sure. YEP! Some drivers are dangerous..

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    1. Sounds like my experience is not unique. That is irresponsible.

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  6. What i don't get is, why this demand to be first in line, or up at the front of the line? If everyone came just as school was ending, it would take the same amount of time to get the cars through as it already does, but it wouldn't waste half an hour or more of the parents just sitting there.

    So what if your child is not picked up first? Does it really, really matter? You are still going to get your child.

    We are across from a school, and at least they line up nicely and move along nicely and we haven't seen any altercations.

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    1. well said. My 8 yr old students said that being the "leader", being first in line, is very important. Why, I don't know.

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