Based on recent observations in the parking lot, I felt it was time again to address driver etiquette at Lone Pine. I know many of you are anxious to get in and out of our parking lot as efficiently as possible...but speed and safety are not compatible elements in this environment.
I beg of you to use patience and good judgment, to count to ten before insisting on pulling out of a parking spot when there's no room, forming a double lane with no place to merge, pulling into the path of a moving bus, ignoring signage or orange cones, or taking cuts in line. We all need to cooperate to make this parking lot work—it's small and it's cramped, but it's the lot we have to live with.
Below is a reprint of a memo I have sent out twice before. Although it may be "old news," I ask you to read it once again.
I have had a few parents complain to me recently regarding the dangerous habits of some drivers in our parking lot. I realize the parking lot is generally a completely frustrating experience to deal with, but a little cooperation and consideration of the modeling that goes on for our students can go a long way. Think about what you want your child to learn:
- Do you want your child to learn that it's ok to disregard sidewalks and instead cut between parked buses and step out into a traffic lane in order to take a short cut to the car? Probably not. Most of us would prefer they learn to always, always follow safety rules, even if they are somewhat inconvenient.
- Do you want your child to learn that using aggressive driving and abusive language toward other drivers is appropriate? Probably not. I'd bet we all would prefer our children learn to handle themselves with grace and cooperation even (and especially) in frustrating situations.
- Do you want your child to learn that disregarding safety or community rules "just this once" is ok? Probably not. Hopefully they learn to see how their actions impact others, including the overall good of the community (in this case the smooth functioning of the parking lot!).
So at risk of beating a dead horse about this, please remember the basic rules of our parking lot:
- Cars picking up or dropping off students need to use the car lane in front of the preschool. DO NOT use the lane in front of the school at arrival or dismissal times. "Just this once," or "the buses are almost gone" does not make it ok.
- If you park to wait for your student, get out of the car and meet your student on the sidewalk in front of the school and use the sidewalks to get back to your car. DO NOT cut between or behind the buses—they cannot see you!!!
- Allow yourself sufficient time—rushing in this atmosphere is a recipe for disaster.