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Reminders about traffic on the first day of school

Original post made on Aug 16, 2011

As school starts, remember that traffic is always atrocious the first several days of school as parents try to figure out where to drop off students and student drivers jockey for coveted parking spaces. Try to leave home early and remember patience. Be extra cautious of students walking and riding bikes. For a description and map outlining the drop-off and pick-up procedures at Foothill High School, [Web Link click here]. Also, parking permits for juniors and seniors, Web Link click here for more info].

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Posted by Mae
a resident of Del Prado
on Aug 16, 2011 at 8:36 am

Could somes one tell me when school starts in P-Town?

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Posted by Don
a resident of Ironwood
on Aug 16, 2011 at 9:13 am

In answer to your question, Mae, about when school starts. I know for sure that Walnut Grove starts on Tues. August 23rd. & I imagine the other schools start on that date as well.

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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Aug 16, 2011 at 10:20 am

Next Tuesday, August 23. Web Link

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Posted by Ennis
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Aug 16, 2011 at 12:44 pm

Possibly the beginning of the thread could have stated a critical point more clearly (as I would like my kids to get to school safely)....
1.) Drive the speed limit, or lower, when school is back in session.
2.) Being late is no excuse for speeding in a school zone.
3.) Put the phone away.

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Posted by Congratulations
a resident of Livermore
on Aug 16, 2011 at 12:50 pm

What a wonderful adventure students! Study, play, make friends, be nice to your teachers, and know that senior citizen's want you to be successful...HOORAY!!!



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Posted by Alisal Mom
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Aug 16, 2011 at 12:53 pm

To add to Ennis's points:

Please WAIT for pedestrians crossing. Specifically, at the intersection of Santa Rita and Black Ave. Cars turning left from Black onto Santa Rita Road, please stop until ALL children and families have crossed. It is legal to walk on this side of the street even though the crossing guard in on the other side of the street. Cars tend to RUSH to turn left cutting off all food traffic and failing to yield to pedestrians.

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Posted by Mike
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Aug 16, 2011 at 6:43 pm

Take a deep, deep breath and remember that everyone else is also in a hurry to get where they are going.

I'm also going to mention the benefit of living as close to work as possible: major stress reducer.

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Posted by ptownparent
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 16, 2011 at 8:52 pm

There is NOTHING wrong with walking. Unfortunately it's just a little too much to have even high school students walk almost 2 miles to get to school. Taking public transportation; the bus would be great if it stopped remotely near our neighborhood. Carpooling is still a great option when available. Honestly, I would have paid to have a school bus available for my kids over the years. Anyone ever think about the amount of exhaust pollution, etc. that is emitted 2x a school day with the amount of cars hitting the city streets to get their kids to school?? And Pleasanton is supposed to be considered one of the "greenest" cities in the Bay Area?? By what standards i wonder?

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Posted by ccwc
a resident of Jensen Tract
on Aug 17, 2011 at 8:18 am

It is Amazing the amount of kids that get driven to school these days. We used to walk 2 miles to go to Elementary School.

Please, please, don't stop in the middle of the street to unload your children. Don't make illegal u-turns in the street (School Street). Please don't speed. Please don't double park.

Many of us have to get to work as well as your children getting to school.

Let's all be considerate of one another.

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Posted by Parent of Two
a resident of Val Vista
on Aug 17, 2011 at 9:23 am

Parent of Two is a registered user.

As a parent that lives a couple of blocks away from an elementary school (with a high schooler who will be driving), here are some tips for parents who are driving their kids and parents who complain about the traffic:

1. You can adjust when you go to work (or the spa). The kids can't. Just try not to be on the roads around schools from, oh, say 7:45-8:30am
2. If you have to drop off your kids, plan ahead and go a few minutes earlier. Don't clog the driveways or block traffic just because little Junior might be late. That's YOUR fault. One thing I've learned is that kids are incapable of planning. That's where you're supposed to be the parent.
3. Get your hugs and kisses done BEFORE you're at the dropoff. There are 20 cars behind you while you and your kid bid a tearful farewell, and they have lives too.
4. Make sure your kid has their stuff ready to go when the car stops. That isn't the time for them to start looking for their books in the car.
5. Other people's driveways are NOT dropoff areas
6. If you DON'T have a job, don't assume that you can take your time and let 20 people past you in line, the parent behind you might have a job

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Posted by ccwc
a resident of Jensen Tract
on Aug 19, 2011 at 8:21 am

To Parent of Two: Not everyone can adjust when they go to work (or to your spa). That is an unreasonable request to have working folks adjust their schedule. You must not work outside of the home. This is just not possible for most people.

I do however highly agree with your other 5 statements!!

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