Important Letter to Parents
Dear Mohave Families;
From Officer Steel and Mr. Asmussen:
We are asking for your help and assistance on keeping our students and community safe during the morning and afternoon commute to and from school. With construction on 86th street, we have received a few more complaints than normal… and recently a Mohave student was hit by a car (corner of Granite Reef and McDonald) as he biked to school.
IF you drive your student to school or pick them up after:
We ask that parents drop off and pick up in the front parking lot – our designated drop off/pick up location. If ALL drivers follow the flow, drop off is rather quick. We recently timed traffic at our heaviest phase; at 7:30 AM we saw parents enter the lot, drop their child, and exit the lot within 4 minutes – following correct procedures. Please pull forward to the point closest to the pedestrian gate near the exit. Ask your child to be prepared when it is their turn to get out, and have your after school arrangements made and your “good byes” said while waiting in line.
Please do not drop off or pick up your child from the street. This creates an unsafe situation for your child and for other drivers. Too often we see parent drivers perform a U-Turn on Jackrabbit Rd, again creating a dangerous situation for other drivers, and students walking to school on the sidewalks.
Please do not use the staff parking lot. We ask that you respect the Mohave staff’s need to use that lot. Further, we have seen parent drivers park in our staff spaces, and then cause traffic flow challenges as they back out. We have seen drivers drive opposite the flow of traffic, again causing unsafe conditions for others.
Please do not use Valley View as a drop off or pick up area. Our neighbors to the north had 50 years of school and bus traffic. During the rebuild phase we worked with them to reroute traffic to Jackrabbit.
In the car, you are your child’s example. We kindly ask that you follow the drop off and pick up traffic patterns for all. Additionally, we strongly suggest arriving to Mohave no later than 7:20 AM. This gives you and your child 20 minutes to make it through traffic, to enter the school through the gates, and to get to class before the first bell.
Officer Steel has asked for additional traffic enforcement from the motor units.
To avoid traffic, you may want to consider dropping your student off 1 block south (Sage Dr./Pecos Ln.) or north (San Miguel Ave.) of the school and have your child walk the rest of the way.
IF your child walks or rides their bike to school:
We encourage bike riders to wear a helmet.
Bike riders must obey all applicable traffic laws. Riders should be on the RIGHT side of the roadway. Riders need to walk bikes across the cross walks. Riders should walk their bikes on the sidewalks near school to keep the situation safe for those that are walking.
Parents, we ask that you review bike safety with your child regularly. We often see riders “dart” into traffic crossing from one side of the road to the other. Please review appropriate strategies for remaining safe when crossing the road.
Students walking to school should cross streets at the crosswalks – not in the middle of the street or J walking. Walkers should walk on sidewalks, not in the street or bike lanes. Walkers should not walk on our neighbors lawns and should allow for other citizens to pass in the opposite direction.
Again, we ask that parents review “sidewalk safety” with their child routinely.
IF your child takes the bus to and from school:
Riders are expected to follow the directions of the drivers. Misbehavior on the bus OR at the bus stop will result in being temporarily or permanently removed from the bus. Riders should ride the bus assigned to them, and should have their student ID out and visible for the driver.
We encourage parents to have conversations with their children about appropriate behavior when riding the school busses.
IF your child uses the Trolley to get to and from school:
The Trolley is pubic transportation run by Dunn Transportation, Inc. They have the right to trespass riders off the bus for a year, if Riders are not respectful to the driver or other citizens. Drivers and Dunn Transportation will call the police if there are challenges, they do not interface with the school. With that said, our staff routinely “touches base” with the drivers in an effort to work together.
We encourage parents to have conversations with their children about appropriate behavior when using public transportation, which includes appropriate behavior at the bus stops.
Drop off and pick up safety requires us all to work together. We appreciate your help, your adherence to the traffic flow patterns, your patience, and your feedback.
Officer Steel, SRO Chris Asmussen, Principal