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Something Needs To Be Done About Morning Drop-Off At Cole!

Please learn to follow the drop off rules at Cole Middle School, so your children will learn to follow the rules as well!


Last Thursday, while dropping off my two Cole students, the unimaginable almost happened.... A parent who was in a rush, or late to work chose to pass me on the left, while one of my kids was getting out to the car. I jumped out and yelled at this mom, who I happened to know as her daugher used to be in my Girl Scout troop. The mom looked pretty sheepish, came to a quick halt and would not look at me until I got back in my car. Oh, and she was the second car to pass my car while kids were getting out.

While many readers, or parents would say, "Students should not be getting out on the left side of the car," I say, "The drop off rules are pretty simple."

1) Single file and pull all the way to the front of the dropoff area;

2) Do not let students disembark anywhere but in the dropoff area;

3) No passing on the left.

Pretty simple rules, but if you spent a half hour everyday watching the parents drop off at Cole, you would think that most of them can not follow a simple rule, nor do they have any concern for students' safety.

I do not drive my two Cole students in very often for several reasons, but mostly because my taxes pay for the bus that they are supposed to take. I chose to drive them, and some of their friends in this past week because it was so cold!  However, everytime I do drive them in, there are multiple parents breaking the dropoff rules, and many of them are my friends and neighbors.

I am therefore proposing this – that all readers of this blog, when driving their Cole students into school, promise to follow the rules, no matter how late you or your student may be. The safety of our students is more important than yoga class, a tardy notice or, even worse, a student getting hit by a car.

Please forward this to all of your friends who have Cole students, and even to those who will have Cole students next year. Together we can make a difference, show our kids that we too must follow the rules and, bottom line, keep our kids safe!

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Raul Jamieson Miguel January 30, 2013 at 01:52 PM
When I was a boy, I used to hike 3 miles to school during blizzard conditions ... How quickly times have changed ... This generation is one of the most uncoordinated, lazy ones in the history of the universe. Not saying you are wrong for your opinions and "awareness," but maybe it just illustrates a greater problem with society, the same one where God forbid our kids carry textbooks, lets get them an iPAD for education purposes.
EWPALMER January 31, 2013 at 06:52 PM
OK ---- I MUST SAY MY PIECE ------ My daughter does get out on the left side, because our van does not open on the right anymore in the SAFER area of the back. I do not know how many GOTTA GO --- PARENTS have passed MY DAUGHTER on the left as she is exiting --------- PUTTING MY DAUGHTERS LIFE AT RISK!!!!!!! It is INSANE just FOLLOW the RULES SET UP TO KEEP EVERYONE'S CHILD/CHILDREN SAFE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHAT is Your Hurry?, you only get out of the area moments sooner.......... PLEASE KEEP ALL CHILDREN SAFE!!!!!!!!!! Thank you to the original author, maybe this conversation will change things, when the school principals, reminders of the rules have unfortunately not -------- EWPalmer
Chad Ochocinco February 02, 2013 at 11:37 PM
EG is a very safe town, people around the country and around the world deal with much more than having to walk unsupervised around a corner. Trying to shelter kids like this is what is wrong with parenting in America. http://i.imgur.com/0uPV12W.jpg?2
Chad Ochocinco February 02, 2013 at 11:38 PM
somebody who gets it, thank you
Chad Ochocinco February 03, 2013 at 03:26 AM
@Heather, when I was young and waiting for the bus in the cold I wore an extra layer.

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