In a nod to Pat Benetar, I really should call this entry "Hot Child in the City." It seems to describe students, teachers, and parents who are experiencing morning and afternoon drop-off and pick-up at ECMS during the first days of the school year. I have received numerous emails and phone calls from frustrated parents who have been spending inordinate amounts in long lines. I have been in communication with homeowners near our school who are concerned that students are being dropped off on private property in order to circumvent waiting in line.
The first days are never easy at ECMS in terms of parking. It takes a while to learn the routines of our parking lot. We increase our staff coverage and employ an off-duty deputy to direct traffic. Mr. Rob Henikman, principal of Canyon View, and I are in constant communication about our mutual challenges of managing our schools' traffic patterns and the inevitable back up on Sabino Canyon Road past Sunrise. Be assured, as people learn the routines of our parking lot, traffic flow will improve and wait times will diminish. In the meantime, we encourage all students who can take the bus to do so.
The good news is that all open enrollment students can apply to ride the bus right now on the CFSD website! We assess the ridership of our in-district students during the first couple of weeks of school to determine whether our busses are at capacity. If there is room on the bus, we open the seats to OE students. Last year, we were able to provide bus service to all open enrollment families who requested it. To apply for transportation services, go to the CFSD website, click on the "Parent" tab, then click on "Transportation" and then you will see the application. Submit it ASAP!
Please know that we appreciate your patience during these times of long lines and high temperatures. Please know that safety of our students is first and foremost for us here at ECMS and in CFSD. We are in this together and for the long haul. Please know that we are trying our very best to ensure that everyone arrives and departs in total safety.