Mostly, I’m sad that we have the problem at all. The people in the cars most often have a child that goes to the school, and they’re the ones breaking the rules.
After getting a bunch of responses from my friends I’ve found a few tips:
1. Give the 5th graders more authority. Make them own it, it’s their job to direct traffic and make sure it’s flowing. They should be able to take down licence plate numbers if they’re not bold enough to talk to the people themselves.
2. Parents need to speak up. As someone who’s seen a child who was run over by his own mother (not at school, but as a nurse). If we see someone jay-walk, we need to say something. If we see someone drop-off in the wrong place, we need to say something.
3. Strict rules, and if someone’s breaking one — it’s the community’s job to say something. And, if we see someone giving the 5th graders a hard time, it can be our job to step in.
It seems like most everyone who has a system that works has parent volunteers or the teachers are in charge in the AM (which doesn’t work for us, because by contract our teachers don’t start til’ later). Mostly, I’d like teachers to be doing work in our classrooms for our kids instead of reminding us how to be safe (same goes for the Principal — we have an amazing one and I know she has PLENTY to do in the AM’s).
Mostly I’d like people to grow brains, but that’s just me. 🙂
In other news, we’re feeding page only 2 oz during the day (per feeding) and she’s waking up a little better with each feeding. She only woke-up once last night. We’ll see if it was a fluke, or a real thing. 🙂