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Richmond Hill primarty and elementary school traffic pattern

There are 7 comments on the SavannahNow story from Jul 31, 2009, titled Richmond Hill primarty and elementary school traffic pattern. In it, SavannahNow reports that:

The Richmond Hill Pre-kindergarten Center will be located on the old Richmond Hill Elementary School campus beginning with the 2009 - 2010 school year.

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GATruTHSeeKer

Richmond Hill, GA

#1 Aug 8, 2009
Parents should enter through either Cherry Street or Ivey Street turning onto Lynnwood Avenue. At the intersection of Maple Street and Lynnwood Avenue, Richmond Hill Primary parents will be allowed to make a left turn onto Maple Street - Frances Meeks Way to drop students and pickup students next to the multipurpose room. Parents will be released using Frances Meeks Way - Maple Street turning right onto Lynnwood Avenue.

This sounded good....but one of the city police officers forced us to go all the way to 144...this is after school administrators and their map showed alternate ways in and out of the school. After 6 years of dropping off/picking up kids at almost every school in RH, this was by far the worst 1st day of school traffic yet. I hope the city and the schools learned some lessons on Friday and apply them.
New to the Area

Savannah, GA

#2 Aug 8, 2009
We are new to Richmond Hill Schools this year. I am very disappointed on the wrong directions given and the chaos. At RHPS it seems very unsafe to carry or lead children through 3 lanes of cars. And to make the parents that have kids at more than one school leave and go all the way around seems unnecessary. There has to be a better way.

Won't go into details and may sound crazy but it was a traumatic day for us.
christina

Fort Stewart, GA

#3 Aug 8, 2009
Oh I agree it was a nightmare! I have one in high school & one in carver. I left my house at 2 30 to get my high schooler who gets released at 2 40 n headed to carver to get my other child. Well, I didnt make it back to my house until 4 00! I live within a mile of both schools! I hope this chaos gets better. Ugh!
GATruTHSeeKer wrote:
Parents should enter through either Cherry Street or Ivey Street turning onto Lynnwood Avenue. At the intersection of Maple Street and Lynnwood Avenue, Richmond Hill Primary parents will be allowed to make a left turn onto Maple Street - Frances Meeks Way to drop students and pickup students next to the multipurpose room. Parents will be released using Frances Meeks Way - Maple Street turning right onto Lynnwood Avenue.
This sounded good....but one of the city police officers forced us to go all the way to 144...this is after school administrators and their map showed alternate ways in and out of the school. After 6 years of dropping off/picking up kids at almost every school in RH, this was by far the worst 1st day of school traffic yet. I hope the city and the schools learned some lessons on Friday and apply them.
GATruTHSeeKer

Richmond Hill, GA

#4 Aug 9, 2009
It always is hectic on the first couple of days. It will get better. This year was the worst so far though. My biggest complaint was that the police and the schools weren't on the same page. We'll see how Monday goes...
GATruTHSeeKer

Richmond Hill, GA

#5 Aug 10, 2009
More chaos today both in the morning and end the afternoon. I also found out some interesting info as well.

Things started to go a little smoother as they often do. The city police were in odds again with the directions the school (RHPS) was giving out. Hope between the two they can get it together.

Not a fan of kids having to cross in front of cars at RHPS even if they are with teachers. The chance of a parent in a hurry talking on a phone could result in a serious accident.

From what we are hearing (confirmed from 2 teachers at different schools) the reason for the rerouting of traffic was to keep cars out of the Main Street subdivision. This was directed by the city, not the school district. Even parents who live in Main Street must go to 144 to enter the lines to pick up kids at RHPS. This is now causing the single side pick up for K and 1st grade...and thus lines of traffic.

The 2 teachers thought that the city did this to improve safety in the Main Street subdivision. I think someone (or more likely a few) from Main Street must have complained about traffic through their streets. However, I think this option is much safer than having children cross three lanes right at the school.

RHMS. The school is only releasing bus riders at 2:40. Kids walking and getting picked up can only be dismissed from their classes once all busses have left the school. I am thinking this is due to the staggered bus schedule and some "great idea" that this will allow quicker execution of bus movement. That's what the yield sign is for! This is crazy and needs to be fixed.

Overall, still not happy. I know the traffic problems will get better over time. At least they have in years past. Not too sure with the new routes. I am most concerned with the 3 lanes of pick up for K and 1st graders.
New to the Area

Savannah, GA

#6 Aug 11, 2009
Well I think things are getting better. They now allow those at RHES to cross over without going around.

Don't think RHPS save as much time as they think having 3 lanes. Should change it to how RHES does it. At RHES a lady on a walkie talkie tells them the info and by the time I pull up he is right there. And they only use one lane.
GATruTHSeeKer

Richmond Hill, GA

#7 Aug 11, 2009
New to the Area wrote:
Well I think things are getting better. They now allow those at RHES to cross over without going around.
Don't think RHPS save as much time as they think having 3 lanes. Should change it to how RHES does it. At RHES a lady on a walkie talkie tells them the info and by the time I pull up he is right there. And they only use one lane.
that's the way RHPS has done it in years past. However, the 1st graders and Ks were dropped off and picked up at different sides to the school. In order to divert traffic out of Main Street. They now have forced a single position.

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