Staying Safe and Healthy at Drop-off and Pick-up

Dear Families,

Thank you to the Green Team for their hard work in helping to strategize ways to keep our children safe and healthy during our pick up and drop off times of the day.  Please take the time to read the following information and please let me know if you have any questions.

Thanks,

John

Staying Safe and Healthy at Drop-off and Pick-up

Out of concern for the health and safety of the Horizons community posed by car traffic at drop-off and pick-up, the Horizons Green Team is currently working to develop a safer, healthier, and more welcoming routine. As we progress, we hope to present some tentative ideas and ask for input from the Horizons community. So stay tuned for upcoming announcements and further information.

In the meantime, please help us protect our kids TODAY by participating in one or more of these top 5 ways to help:

#1. Ditch the car and walk, bike or bus to school. And remember, you can earn Trip Tracker dollars for your efforts!

# 2. Start or join a carpool. If leaving the car at home is not reasonable, consider carpooling to help reduce the number of cars coming to school. Because Horizons draws families from across Boulder County (and beyond), and does not have the services of school buses, many of us travel to and from school in cars, increasing the risks to our health and safety. You can go to BVSD’s Transportation Network to find a carpool.

# 3. Park and walk part way. Not only does parking at a distance help disperse congestion and keep car exhaust away from the schoolyard, it’s a great way to spend some quality time with your kids and get some exercise too! Studies show that walking to school increases academic performance, and walking just ¼ mile – the distance from the anchor on the north end of beautiful Burke Park – counts for Trip Trackers! When walking in, please be careful to use crosswalks (no mid-block crossing), and be considerate of our neighbors. Do not block driveways or park in the bus stop.

# 4. If you do drive all the way to school, please avoid using the driveway. This is a primary source of “near road air pollution” to which kids are extra susceptible*, and a likely location for a collision.

# 5. If you must use the driveway, please remember NO parking and NO idling allowed! Drivers should remain in the vehicle, and students should exit the car on the right side and in a safe but timely manner. Let’s try to limit the time stopped to less than 30 seconds!

Thanks for your help in keeping kids safe and healthy!

* To read more about the nation-wide concern regarding near-road air pollution and more ways to reduce it, go to http://www.epa.gov/schools/best-practices-reducing-near-road-air-pollution-exposure-schools

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