Effective September 6, a new traffic pattern will be enforced around Bunnell Elementary School during school drop off and pick up times.
The new pattern was developed by Bunnell Elementary school and the Bunnell Police Department to alleviate issues that arose after the resumption of school in August, when the Police Department received complaints related to traffic safety during drop-off in the morning.
According to a city release, “some drivers were driving in the wrong direction on local streets, speeding, running stop signs, and disregarding parents who walk their children to school. School leadership reported they were experiencing more car drop-offs than ever, which created longer wait times than previous years.”
Dave Brannon, the Bunnell Police Chief, Marcus Sanfilippo, the Bunnell Elementary School Principal, the district’s safety director and the city’s infrastructure director devised a plan to resolve the issues.
“We collectively believe this plan will improve the roughly 30-minute window every morning for drop-offs,” Brannon said. “As with any change, it will take some getting used to, but Bunnell police officers will be present to ensure a smooth transition. We encourage patience and caution and ask every driver to plan their time accordingly.”
VPK car riders will no longer line-up for drop-off on E. Magnolia Street. Instead, those drivers need to line-up on E. Howe Street near the southwest corner of the school property as indicated on the map. Only K-5 car riders will use Magnolia to drop-off their students. School staff will be on-site in both locations to assist drivers and students. There are two daycares near the school impacted by the traffic wait time. Those car riders should continue to line-up on Magnolia to access their respective daycare driveway.
As outlined by Bunnell Elementary, it is as follows:
1. All car riders for students in kindergarten through 5th grade should enter the school area off E. Magnolia Street. You will see on the map the yellow line is for K-5.
2. All cars after drop-off should exit the parking lot and make a right on N. Palmetto.
3. For pre-kindergarten (VPK), only car riders will now come down E. Howe street and make a left into the gym parking lot, just before N. Peach St. You will exit onto N. Chapel and make a left to prevent causing issues with the main car rider line on E. Magnolia St. East Howe will be your way in and out of the school zone.
4. VPK cars, do not use N. Peach St. This is needed for PK bus traffic.
5. For the safety and protection of car riders and school staff, the school is asking for drivers to wait for staff to direct them and not to pass cars in line unless directed to.
6. Walkers will continue to use Orange St. Walker parents are not to park anywhere along E. Howe or the side streets.
7. If your child comes to school in a vehicle other than a school bus, they should be a designated car rider. Contact the front office if you need a car rider tag.
All drivers are reminded to obey all traffic laws and not to speed, run stop signs, or drive in the wrong direction of the roadway.
“We appreciate your patience and cooperation as we transition through these changes,” the school says on its webpage, with a plan of the coming changes (see above.
Why are so many people taking there children to school? Walk if close enough,
Bus stops all over the place.
Lot’s of kids ride bikes to school.
I just think there’s a lot more to consider why people feel they have to take their children to school.
Absolutely HATED this in Bunnell. So many people clogging up the area, idling their vehicles, smogging up the neighborhood. Inconsiderate and so freakin’ gross. Let me and 400 other vehicles idle outside your home twice a day polluting your neighborhood 180 days a year.
Put them on the damn bus.
Because we chose to drive them to school not take a bus..period…move if you don’t like it or why did you buy a house near a school..get over it.
Ah yes… the “my choices are more important than yours” defense. Classic.
The choices I make are with the considerations of others. Unlike some who choose to pollute the environment… or the gene pool.
I suggest you consider the world your children will inherit before you sling your bitterness around. Maybe then you will make better choices for yourself, your children, and everyone else.
jim lang says
Well said Jon
What an ignorant thing to say. You don’t live there. Your kids don’t live there. Blocking people from getting to their homes is not an ideal situation. What if somebody is diabetic and needs to get home? What if there’s an emergency and somebody has to get into their home? What if there’s a fire or emt emergency? And so now people that live near the elementary school either have to wait in school traffic or go around and hope people aren’t blocking the other way around. What a joke. Bunnell fixing yourself. Flagler County fix yourself. Bunch of brainless fools “run” this county.