JEFFERSON COUNTY, Missouri (KMOV.com) – School officials in the Northwest School District R-7 are trying to resolve a potentially dangerous traffic problem at Cedar Springs Elementary School in House Springs.
So many parents have decided to drop off and pick up their children this year that afternoon relief traffic is blocking one lane of traffic.
Dennis Pyatt lives in the neighborhood behind the school and has raised the issue with school officials.
“So they go around the line of traffic and take the wrong lane to pass the cars and enter the school grounds,” he said.
Rivermont Trail is the road that exits Highway 30 and leads to the school and the neighborhood. It is a two-lane road and the line of parents waiting to pick up their children often blocks one of the traffic lanes.
Superintendent Dr Desi Kirchhofer said the traffic problem started to become a problem last year, but is worse this year with more students in the school building.
“Our buses have a schedule where they’re on a route before this one, so they drop the kids off from our high schools and then come here. So there’s no way to really get them to come here earlier before the parents don’t get here, ”he said.
The crux of the matter is that parents are urged to arrive later to allow buses to easily access the school, but many arrive early. On Wednesday, deputies from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department were at school to prevent them from queuing too early and blocking buses.
Kirchhofer said the school district is working on possible long-term solutions.
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