The first day of school will bring a welcome surprise for Middletown High School students, parents, staff and busses. Workers have spent the summer repaying and rerouting the traffic pattern for drop-off, pick-up and parking in the surrounding outdoor areas of the school.
The project was a result of the district's facilities improvement plan to ensure safety for students and visitors during the most congested times of day. In addition, a new emergency access road has been created at the rear of the building to allow egress for emergency vehicles in the event the main entrance is blocked.
The following traffic pattern will now be adhered to:
For students who drive themselves -- proceed up the driveway and take a left directly in front of the school. Passing the entrance to the gym, proceed to the lot by the choral and band room. Student parking will be located in this lot only.
For students who are dropped off by parents -- parents are asked to proceed up the driveway and take a left directly in front of the school pulling up to the sidewalk and moving as far up as the stone wall. Students may then be dropped off to enter the building from the main entrance.
For teachers and staff -- teachers and staff have parking available both in front of the school and in the parking lot directly at the top of the hill by the science wing.
For students who ride the bus -- the busses will transport students to the top of the hill, circling the parking lot to release them at this upper level. Students will then walk down the steps and enter from the front of the building.
Note: Students who are transported by Special Education will continue to be dropped off at the entrance to the band and choral rooms as they have in the past.
For visitors -- visitors are asked to park in spots designated for visitors in the front of the school property. There will be signs to designate these spots.
For more information and a map of the new traffic plan, readers are asked to refer to the district website at www.mpsri.net or open the .pdf attachment to this article.
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