Albion will shift elementary school student drop off to Clarendon Road

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 10 August 2017 at 8:48 am

Parents also won’t be allowed to walk children to classrooms

Photo by Tom Rivers: Albion Central School honored Betty Christopher with a “Friend of Education” award for her 49 years of service as a cafeteria worker. Christopher is retiring from the job she started in 1968. She is pictured with Margy Brown, president of the Board of Education. Christopher was praised for making students feel welcome. “She has been integral in helping the cafeteria run like a well-oiled machine,” said Matt Peterson, the high school principal.

ALBION – The Ronald L. Sodoma Elementary School is making changes in how students are dropped off and picked up this school year.

Parents will be directed to two locations on Clarendon Road, one on the south side of the playground and the other on the north side.

The elementary school doesn’t want people to use the main driveway by the tennis courts. Using Clarendon Road will ease congestion for both the elementary and high schools, and keep more traffic and children away from school buses that park in front of the elementary school in the morning and afternoon.

“It will be better traffic flow and stronger security,” Principal Rachel Curtin said at Monday’s Board of Education meeting.

The district will have signs and banners out directing people to the two droff-off spots on Clarendon Road.

The elementary school also isn’t going to allow parents to enter the school in the morning to walk their child to their classroom. Parents instead can walk a student to the lobby at the east gym by the Clarendon Road drop-offs. That change will start on Sept. 11, the start of the second week of school this year.

Students who are picked up in the afternoon also will meet their parents at the east gym lobby, instead of their classrooms.

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