Pick Up/Drop Off Procedures
To alleviate some of the morning and afternoon congestion, there is no parking directly in front (south side) of the crosswalk on Kendall by the playground to the corner of Kendall and Amanda. This will help to cut down on traffic backing up in the street. You will notice that the curb is painted yellow. Signs are also posted. In addition, students may be dropped off as early as 7:50 a.m. Please do not drop off the children any earlier because there will not be supervision. Upon coming to school, the paraprofessionals will be bringing the children directly into the building. In doing so, parents are asked to drop off their child/children by the curb instead of parking and waiting until they walk up to the building. All children, even safety patrol students should enter the playground doors. Staff members will be helping the children inside the building. Any parent who has business in the building should immediately report to the school office.
At the crosswalks, please make sure you stop and watch for the paraprofessionals crossing children. There have been instances where drivers are not stopping or waiting for the crossing guard to safely get out of traffic before proceeding through the stop signs. Please be aware that the police department will submit tickets to individuals who are parked in the no parking zones, driving through the crosswalks when pedestrians are in the crosswalk, and not pulling over to drop off a student. For safety measures, please do not drop off your child in the middle of the street or have your child cross the street outside a crosswalk. All children should exit their vehicle on the sidewalk side of the street. Please remember that Kendall is also a one-way street during pickup and drop off times. The ultimate goal would be for parents to pull over to the curb, drop off his/her child/children, and then pull away so that there are plenty of spaces for other vehicles to pull in without stopping traffic.
Cooper Elementary School has a unique situation occurring because years ago many more children walked to school. With more students getting a ride to or from school, traffic has become a problem. If at all possible, please have your child/children ride the bus if they are eligible, carpool with other neighbors, walk to school with friends, or park at the Burlington pool and walk to Cooper. Also, please remember that parents should not be dropping off children in the Cooper parking lot. The parking lot is closed from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and again from 2:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. due to buses pulling into the parking lot and children being dropped off that are in a wheelchair. This is even the case on rainy days. All other children should enter through the playground doors. If you have any business in the building between these times, please park across the street from the parking lot on Conkey. If your child is late to school, a parent needs to come into the office and sign in his/her child. Students should not be entering the building when tardy on his/her own. We will continue to try to assist with concerns from parents and adjust our procedures in the best interest of the children at Cooper. In order to ensure a safe environment for all students, we need everyone to help be a part of the solution. Thank you for your assistance with this matter.