By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS
Ray Elementary School has created a new student drop-off and pick-up route called “Kiss – ’N – Go” to reduce traffic confusion before and after school.
The new system, which was implemented Monday, requires parents with children in kindergardeners through 4th grade to drop their children off on 56th Street, south of the school, and parents with children in 5th through 7th grade to drop their children off on 57th Street, north of the school. School buses and parents with children in preschool are still allowed to use Kimbark Avenue as a drop-off and pick-up spot. Parents with children in lower and upper grades will have to work out a system, within the confines of the “Kiss – ’N – Go” plan, that works best for them and their children.
The local school council’s safety committee requested something be done about the unsafe conditions and congestion on Kimbark Avenue during drop-off and pick-up hours at Ray, 5631 S. Kimbark Ave. The school worked with Ald. Leslie Hairson’s (5th) office and the Chicago Police Department to create the “Kiss – ’N – Go” plan.
“We are doing this for the safety of children and to prevent parents from [speeding] through the alleys,” said Toni Hill, interim principal. “I know of one occurrence where a community member was hit by a Ray parent and there have been several other close calls.”
The committee is also looking for volunteers to help keep cars moving. Hairston’s office provided traffic cones and traffic horses to help with the flow of traffic and volunteers will be assisted by police for the first couple of weeks to ticket or tow any violators, Hill said.
For more information or to volunteer, contact David Adams, LSC Safety Committee chairman, at 773-770-6705 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.