FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Just days after starting school, Forest Park Elementary School is apologizing to residents nearby for extra traffic in the neighborhood.
Fort Wayne Community Schools (FWCS) spokesperson Krista Stockman said since the new transportation zone was put in place, the number for car riders has tripled. Stockman reported last year there were 75 car riders at the school, this year that number is around 250.
The school issued the following letter to people in the neighborhood:
We would like to first apologize for any inconvenience that our car rider lines have caused you yesterday or in the past. As you may know there have been major changes to transportation within FWCS. Due to these changes we have approximately tripled our car riders and walkers this year. Please know that we are actively making changes to improve our flow of traffic and wait time of cars. As we focus on the efficiency of the line and safety of our students we are also thinking about you as our neighbors. As we do this we ask for your patience and understanding. If you have any concerns or questions please feel free to contact the school.
Forest Park Staff
Stockman added that the drop-off and pick-up lines are getting better. She said there were many issues at many schools, particularly on the first day of school. By the second day of school, the pick-up lines had improved. However, Stockman said car lines will likely be longer all school year.
“We ask for everyone’s patience in this – both the parents who are picking children up and the neighbors around our schools. Over the next few days and weeks, our procedures will smooth out and people will get used to the routine,” Stockman said. “As always, we ask drivers to be very aware of their surroundings, particularly around schools as there are additional children walking and riding bikes, and children can sometimes be hidden in traffic.”
While students are taught how to get safely from school to home, Stockman reminds people that children don’t always follow the routes suggested.
“We also ask parents to abide by the procedures set up regarding how to go through the line, where to park, etc. to keep students safe. When parents don’t follow our procedures, it can cause traffic and safety issues for everyone,” Stockman added.