Road Safety

We all share responsibility for safe driving and parking on the WISD campus.

All Honey Creek families are asked to review the safety recommendations listed below. If you delegate driving responsibility to other family members or babysitters, please share this with them as well.

  • No parking in the Fire Lane. EVER.
  • No double-parking/forming two drop-off lanes.
  • 15 MPH speed limit; 5 MPH through crosswalks.

The WISD campus is home to several educational programs serving young children. In addition, there are educational and professional training programs for adults. This means that there are a lot of pedestrians moving to and from the buildings and a lot of automobile traffic. Because there are so many families with young children using the building, there is a higher risk for an accident.

Campus entrance/Speed limits

There is only one entrance to the WISD campus on Wagner Road (the north drive). The drive becomes one way past the main WISD building.

The posted speed limit within the WISD campus is 15 miles per hour, 5 miles an hour through crosswalks. Please comply with this speed limit. Be prepared to stop during peak pedestrian times such as morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up.  Be courteous toward pedestrians at all times.

Crosswalks

There are six (6) crosswalks on the circular drive through the WISD campus. Four of these crosswalks are regularly used by families with young children. Because children are often entering crosswalks from between two cars, they may be difficult to see and their view of oncoming traffic will be limited.

Drivers, when pedestrians are present, please come to a complete stop at the crosswalk. It is NEVER acceptable to drive around other cars stopped at a crosswalk or to swerve around pedestrians in the crosswalk. It is also NEVER acceptable to park in a crosswalk. Pedestrians have the right of way.

Pedestrians, please use crosswalks to move across traffic, especially during busy drop off and pick up times. Children should never be unattended either in drive lanes or in parking areas.

Fire Lanes

There is no parking at any time in the fire lanes. These are the lanes by the curb both in front of the building and along the fence by the modulars. You may briefly use these lanes for drop-off or pick-up while remaining in your car, but you may NEVER leave your vehicle unattended in these lanes. Remember, we had an actual fire recently and emergency access was essential. Don’t assume another fire won’t occur.

Guidelines for Curb Areas

  • The curb lane must NEVER be used as a drive lane.
  • If you use the curb area for drop-off or pick up, please use your directional signals and check for traffic before driving away from the curb.
  • If you need to leave your car to enter school, even for a few minutes, please park in a designated parking area.
  • If you find yourself using the curb lane when school buses are present, then you should use the designated parking lots instead. Buses at High Point are transporting students with disabilities and always have priority over other automobile traffic.
  • Of course it is NEVER acceptable to double park at the curb, even if you remain in your vehicle. If you cannot find a space at the curb, you must use the designated parking areas.

Guidelines for Parking Areas

Assume a 5 mph speed limit in parking areas.  Be alert: watch for children moving between cars, and exiting and entering cars. During winter, the mounds of plowed snow make children difficult to see, especially at the entrances to parking areas.

Aftercare

If children are not picked up within 15 minutes of dismissal (by 3:30 for normal school day), they need to report to Aftercare until an adult arrives. Children must be encouraged to wait safely (out of drive areas) for parents.

Drop-off/Pick-up Near the Modulars

Use the same model for drop-off/pick up at the modulars as is used in the front of school: the curb lane (fire lane) may be used to drop off and pick up children, NEVER for parking. Join the end of this line, or continue cautiously in the drive lane around the grass oval and pull over on the other side of the drive. Never form a second line of cars (double park) in this area.

The pedestrian walkways behind the school are not defined. Drivers should be extra cautious in this area.  Please be mindful of your speed and of other drivers and use directional signals when reentering traffic.

Traffic safety within the WISD campus will be an ongoing project. Everyone should use caution and safe driving practices.  If you have other ideas or suggestions for improving traffic safety, or notice other issues, please communicate with Al Waters, awaters@hc.wash.k12.mi.us.

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