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Parking and Transportation

Parking / Transportation

Safety is our priority!

 

As a community, we are all responsible for helping our students, staff, and families arrive and depart safely. The behaviors we model teach our students safety and respect for the safe passage of others. In order to provide for the safety of our community as over 1,000 people arrive and depart campus each day, please be aware of the following:

 

  • Cars must pull as far forward as is possible and continue moving forward as traffic permits. This keeps traffic moving and limits the congestion which is dangerous and frustrating for everyone.
     
  • City ordinance prohibits parking in the crosswalk zone for safety purposes. We appreciate your courtesy if you are asked to move.
     
  • Students must use the sidewalk and crosswalks to get to their ride. Please do not encourage them to cross through the parking lot or pick them up in the road or in driveways. 
     
  • U-turns in the middle of the road are not safe.
     
  • Students must enter and exit vehicles which are pulled over to the curb in the appropriate areas clearly marked by signs or painted curbs.
     

Safety is always our #1 concern! Thank you for your help in making our parking lots safe!

 

Transportation

Information on bus schedules and stops will be given out at the beginning of the school year.  These schedules should be kept on file at home for future reference.  Changes made during the year should be noted on your schedule.  Students are not allowed to ride any bus other than their assigned bus.  Students will follow the rules of the individual bus driver.  Any action that hinders the safety of the occupants of the bus is not permitted.  Eisenhower buses are contracted through Durham Bus Services.  They can be reached at 298-6831.

 

Field Trips

All students participating in field trips sponsored by Eisenhower must fill out a parental permission form prior to the date of the trip.  The forms must be signed by the parent/guardian of the participating student.  Students who do not bring back a signed permission slip will not be able to participate in the field trip under any circumstances.  Our end of the year activities are highly valued by students and are available for those who comply with school rules.  Help us remind students to accept responsibility for the actions they choose.  NOTE:  It is Eisenhower’s policy that end-of-year activity days are for students who have earned them.  They are privileges, not rights.  We also know that inappropriate behaviors may tend to escalate towards the end of the school year.  Therefore, from the first day of the beginning of the 4th quarter through the remainder of the year, should a student be assigned in-school or out-of-school suspension, he/she will not be permitted to participate in his/her end-of-year activity.  We hope this serves as an extra incentive to encourage our students to use good judgment and make good choices.

 

Vehicles 

Students are allowed to bring bicycles to school, but the student is responsible for providing a lock.  Bikes cannot be ridden on the school campus and must be walked on and off campus.  EMS cannot be responsible for damage and/or theft.  SKATEBOARDS, SCOOTERS, AND ROLLERBLADES  ARE NOT PERMITTED ON CAMPUS.  No EMS student should drive a motorcycle or car to school.

 

A bicycle is not a toy.  It is a vehicle!  Head injuries are the most serious injury type and the most common cause of death among bicyclists.  More than half of all bicyclist deaths occur to school age youth, ages 5-17.  EMS emphasizes the following bicycle safety tips for parents and students (extracted from: Prevent Bicycle Accidents flyer produced by the U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)

 

 

  • All students riding bicycles are required by law to wear an approved bike helmet.  An approved helmet has a sticker inside certifying the helmet meets standards of the Snell Memorial Foundation and/or the American National Standards Institute.
  • To help ensure the helmet is worn every time the student rides, let the student help pick out the helmet.  If the parent is a rider, they should also wear a helmet to set a good example.  Parents should also encourage their student’s friends to wear helmets.
  • Make certain that the bike is the right size for the student, is safely maintained, and has reflectors.
  • Students under age nine should not ride their bikes in the street.  They are not able to identify and adjust to the many dangerous traffic situations.  When available, ride in designated bicycle lanes.
  • Teach students to always stop and look left right left before entering the road.  This is a good pedestrian safety practice, too, for crossing the street.
  • If a bicyclist rides in the road, the cyclist must obey traffic laws that apply to motor vehicle operators.  Instruct students on the bicycle rules of the road.  Bicyclists should ride single file on the right side and signal their intentions to other road users.
  • Never allow students to ride at night or with audio headphones.  Stress the need to ride alert since most drivers do not see or acknowledge riders. 

 

Pedestrians

  • Walk with a friend when possible.
  • Pick a safe route to school; one that avoids dangers.
  • Stick to the route you picked. Don’t let friends talk you into shortcuts that are more dangerous.
  • When you are near the street, don’t push, shove, or chase each other.
  • Never hitchhike or take rides from people not arranged by your parents.
  • Wear bright-colored clothes, and carry flashlights or wear reflective gear if it is dark or hard to see.
  • Look for traffic at every driveway and intersection.
  • Be aware of drivers in parked cars that may be getting ready to move.
  • Obey all traffic signs and signals.
  • Cross the street safely:
    1. Stop at the curb or edge of the street.
    2. Look left, right, left and behind you and in front of you for traffic.
    3. Wait until no traffic is coming and begin crossing.
    4. Keep looking for traffic until you have finished crossing.
    5. Walk, don’t run across the street.