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Old 08-26-2010, 04:17 PM
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My kids just started school at Blackland Prairie in Sonoma.

The school started a a new policy in May in which they let car riders out first - at 2:45 and then let walkers out after the car riders clear which could be anytime apparently.

On Tues, the first day of school, the walkers didn't get out until 3:20! My kid is a walker. The parents were outside waiting and school admin didn't let anyone know what was going on. Some parents went in for an explanation and the only one given is that they have to wait until all cars are cleared out before kids are released. The principal said it's for the safety of the walkers but by the time they let the walkers it was almost time for the middle school dismissal across the street.

On Wed they shaved 10 minutes off the time. Today a little better but not much.

So my kid and all the parents whose kids walk to school, have to get their kids to school on time but the time they are dismissed from school seems to be whenever the cars are cleared. No set time.

I'm just wondering. Does any other school have this policy that you guys know about?

This is my first experience with Round Rock I.S.D and this school in particular and I just want to know if anyone else has any experience..
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Old 08-26-2010, 04:24 PM
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We just started at Robertson and they don't have that policy. I would have a word with the principal. You shouldn't be "punished" for walking.
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Old 08-26-2010, 04:26 PM
Location: Central Texas
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our kiddos go to old town, and to my knowledge no policy is in place like that..
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Old 08-26-2010, 07:38 PM
Location: Austin TX
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That is a very dumb policy!
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Old 08-26-2010, 08:05 PM
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Wonder if there was an incident/complaints? Many seemingly nonsensical rules like this stem from an over reaction to an incident or a way to appease vocal complainers. FYI Spicewood Elementary has no such policy.
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Old 08-26-2010, 08:26 PM
Location: Central Texas
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I'd be working my way up the chain of command until I found someone who can change this, if my kids were still in school and there. Sounds like something the Statesman or Community Impact might want to hear about, as well.
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Old 08-26-2010, 08:28 PM
Location: Texas Hill Country
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Over in Leander isd at my school its 240 for car riders ti get to the gym for p/u then 243 for bus riders and 245 for walkers. By 3pm usually kids are cleared out and down the street! Good luck!
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Old 08-26-2010, 09:12 PM
Location: Round Rock
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Great Oaks in RRISD does not do that. Everyone is released at 2:45 pm and pretty much all cars and walkers/bikers are gone by 3:00 pm.

I'm shocked by what they are doing and I would call the Superintendent's Office tomorrow about it. He probably doesn't even know about the situation.
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