Unsafe student pick-up/drop-off at Red Rock Elementary in Woodbury needs an urgent change.

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Unsafe student pick-up/drop-off at Red Rock Elementary in Woodbury needs an urgent change.

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Hosanna Reinhardt started this petition to ISD 833 School Board ISD 833 South Washington County School Board and

This is a request for an immediate reassessment and redesign of the currently unsafe parent drop off lanes, drop off process, and traffic congestion at Red Rock Elementary School in Woodbury, MN. The summer 2020 redesign of the parking lot and layout of the parent/ student drop off lanes has created a significant public safety hazard in the neighborhood/roads surrounding the school. It has created significant time wasting inefficiencies when dropping off students. The design and drop off process creates significant traffic congestion both on Commonwealth Ave and Radio Dr. This issue causes students to be late for school even though they have been waiting in line on Commonwealth Ave. or Radio Dr. for more than 20 minutes to be dropped off safely at school. The buses are not even able to get in to the school on time. The line on Commonwealth Ave blocks private driveways,  home based daycare drop off areas, and any traffic not associated with school. The average wait time is between 20 and 40 minutes at both drop off and pick up. The line is regularly backed up more than 1/4 mile and up to 1/2 mile from the school on both Radio Dr. and Commonwealth Ave. It is rendering the stop light at Commonwealth Ave and Radio Dr. useless. There is a significant 3 way bottleneck at the end of the first parent lane that is significantly contributing to the unsafe traffic congestion and the 20 to 40 minute drop off wait. It is only a matter of time before someone is seriously injured. Parents are being made late to work and appointments. Children are being made unnecessarily late to school waiting in line to get dropped off. Siblings attending other schools are being made to miss their bus, because they are too young to be left at home alone while their sibling is being dropped off at Red Rock. Parents dropping off younger kids at the local daycare have nearly been hit by cars amid the chaos this issue is creating. 

This issue could be remedied by a redesign and adjustment to the parent drop off process that does not require the 3 way bottle neck or that all drop off lanes use the same entrance.  K-3 drop off could use the back parking lot (requiring a widening of the lot entrance and painting lines so that there is a bus lane and parent drop off lane.). 4th-5th drop off could use the current front entrance and lanes. Opening the school doors ten or twenty minutes earlier than currently scheduled would also help alleviate some of the congestion. Another remedy would be to expand the eligibility of school provided transportation to students who are living farther than 1/4 or 1/3 mile from the school. Something needs to be done about this public and student safety hazard ASAP. 
The picture posted was taken on 2/10/2021 at 7:57am (After the start of school) on Commonwealth Ave. As you can see the school isn’t in sight and even the buses are not able to get to the school due to the traffic congestion and backup. 

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