November 4, 2019,
Thank you for helping us deliver a great start to the 2019-2020 school year. Your support of our students and of District #93 schools and programs is greatly appreciated. Many of you have noticed that our parent drop off zones are often running at beyond peak capacity. With cold weather here it is safe to assume that there will only be an increase in the number of parents delivering their students to school and picking them up at the end of the day.
The crowded zones and increase in traffic on the streets around our schools is causing concerns that we feel are important to address. During those times of peak usage traffic stacks up to the point that a fire truck or ambulance may have difficulty getting to the school quickly. The school district has been contacted by county and city emergency response services and we are working on solutions to insure that emergency responders can quickly and safely reach the school house door even during those times when we are seeing our busiest traffic.
The Bonneville County Sheriff, Ammon Fire, and Idaho Falls Fire Departments in cooperation with the school district are asking parents to consider the following options in an effort to reduce the number of cars in our pick up and drop off zones. We offer the following three suggestions for your consideration: 1. Form a neighborhood car pool. Parents can save time, money and help reduce traffic by uniting their efforts to deliver or pick up students from school. 2. Plan to use the school bus if you are in an area where district transportation services are provided. 3. Encourage your student to walk or bike to school. Moderate daily exercise is a critical factor in maintaining a healthy body. If you are concerned with the potential dangers of walking or biking to school, consider joining your student on the walk or ride. Joining your student provides an excellent opportunity to bolster your relationship, review your child’s needs or concerns and get the exercise that is often difficult to fit into a busy schedule.
The school district will continue to look at ways we can improve the flow of traffic in and around our schools. In many cases the potential options are costly and depend on accessing already squeezed budgets. Each of the three options above will have a positive impact while saving money for your personal budget. We can’t say enough how much we appreciate our parents and patrons. We thank you in advance for your consideration of these ideas. If you have additional ideas you believe we should consider or if you have questions please call our Director of Safety Gordon Howard 208-557-6815 or Director of facilities John Pymm at 208-227-9667
Director of technology and Safe Schools
John H. Pymm
Director of Facilities
Paul J. Wilde
Bonneville County Sheriff
Ammon City Fire Marshall