August 18, 2015
Dear Eisenhower Community,
As you probably observed as you drove by the school this summer, we have been under some construction concerning the south crosswalk. School District 54, in collaboration with the Village of Hoffman Estates and the Eisenhower PTA, made a few changes to the traffic plan of Eisenhower Junior High School in regards to drop-off and pick-up.
The Village has relocated the crosswalk further west on Hassell Road, to increase the safety of students crossing to school in the morning and leaving in the afternoon. The previous crosswalk, near the curve of Hassell and Jones, has been removed. Parents are welcome to park on the south side of Hassell Road to drop off and pick up students. Students should then use the sidewalk to cross Hassell Road at the newly installed crosswalk with the help of the school crossing guard. Parents may not park or stop to drop off students on the north side of Hassell Road.
Starting this year parents can also drop students off in the west parking lot by entering via Rosedale Lane. Cars are to follow the newly created drop off lane. This lane is intended for parents to drop and go. Parents may not park in the drop off lane and wait for students to enter the building. Cars will then be able to exit back onto Hassell Road. We are trying this new system to alleviate some of the drop off concerns that parents have shared. There is the potential for cars to get backed up if the system does not operate smoothly. We will be assessing the success of this new system throughout the year to ensure that the new parent drop off lane is solving the concerns that were discussed.
Please be aware that barring inclement weather, students will not be admitted into the building until 7:30 am. On days when the temperature is below 0 degrees or when it is raining, students will be able to enter the building at 7:25 am. Also, buses will be dismissed at approximately 7:35 am, which will prevent any cars still in the driveway from leaving the car lane until all buses have been dismissed. The bell for the first period of school begins at 7:40 am each morning.
Buses will now drop off and pick up in a double-stack directly in front of the building. Students will be released from the buses at 7:30 am and will enter the building through the main entrance.
At the end of the day there will be room for a few cars to pull into the parking lot and wait in the drop off lanes for students to come out. We are asking that you park on the left side of the parent drop off/pick up lane, so that children will not have to cross in front of cars to get into their car. This will allow drivers to carefully pass around on the right hand side if their child has already found them.
Throughout the school year there will be staff members and orange cones set up in the parking lot to help parents and students adjust to our new systems. In order for this new drop off option to work we need to rely on drivers following the directions of the staff in the parking lot.
The map below illustrates the new traffic plan, as well as identifying entrance only and exit only paths into the parking lot. If you have any questions regarding these changes, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Steve Kern Brandon Todd
Principal Assistant Principal