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Traffic Safety

Dear Eagleview Parents and/or Guardians and Community Members,

In an effort to keep you informed about items related to school safety, I wanted to update you with our efforts to increase the safety for morning drop off and afternoon pick up.  I am also writing a plea for your assistance to make this a community effort.  Over the course of the past couple years, I continue to reach out to school community for support with crosswalk duty and have had one response to serve as a crosswalk volunteer.

Our school is unique when compared to other schools, being that we have the four way stop, with four crosswalks that lead directly into a hug and go zone.  This complicates the flow as families may have to cross 2-3 crosswalks as they head to school. As students are crossing multiple crosswalks, this increases the time cars are waiting at the stop sign.  As time passes, the patience runs thin as we have 600+ families trying to arrive on time to one location. As we all want students to arrive to school safely,  I am increasingly concerned with the lack of adherence to traffic and safety laws.  

Specifically, the following examples have either been brought to my attention or I have witnessed personally a disregard to safety on school grounds.

  • The illegal use of handicap designated parking spots.   As students are trying to get to a sidewalk safely, cars are pulling out and nearly having collisions because a lack of attention to their surroundings.

  • Unauthorized people demanding entrance through the gate to the front of the building for a closer drop off or pick up.   As we have our staff on duty, we have had inappropriate and offensive comments made to the staff who have been tasked with only allowing admittance to authorized vehicles.  

  • A disregard to the crosswalks where students are trying to safely cross the street.

  • Speeding through the school zone on Summit Grove Parkway, in addition to the lane leading to the BASE program.

  • Parking in the fire lane rather than parking in a designated spot for drop off or pick up.

In addition, I am asking for your help and compliance in following the guidelines listed below:

  • Please use caution and adhere to crosswalk safety.  It is a State Law to yield for a pedestrian in a crosswalk.

  • The only vehicles and families allowed entrance through the gate for the morning and afternoon window include buses, cars with a valid handicap placard or license plate, or daycare vehicles. Please know our staff will ask you to move your vehicle if the proper placard is not visible.

  • Do not allow your child(ren) to cross the street without using a crosswalk.  If need be, we appreciate you taking the time to walk your child from point A to point B, instead of waving them across the street.  

  • Please abide to the school zone speed limits on the local streets and on school property.  

  • No illegal U-turns on Summit Grove Parkway.

  • No parking within 20 feet of a crosswalk .


Please know this is an ongoing effort to come to a resolution that prioritizes safety first and foremost.  The current steps I am taking include:

  • I have contacted the City of Thornton traffic control department, providing pictures of the four way stop.

  • Collaborating with the Risk Management department (The director and team have come to the school to observe my specific concerns, to analyze the flow of traffic, and to identify the unsafe behaviors occurring on a regular basis.)  

  • Working with the Adams 12 Director of Safe & Sustainable Environments to share concerns and give further information about our unique roadway situation.

  • I have been in contact with the Thornton Police Department and have asked for additional patrols during our morning and afternoon, high traffic times.  

The Risk Management team will be collaborating directly with traffic engineers from the city.  The current plan is to complete a “Stop Compliance Study” and also a “Traffic Signal Warrant Study” to see if a signal is warranted and evaluate possible solutions.  These will take 2-3 weeks to complete. In the meantime, the Thornton Police Department will increase their enforcement and begin ticketing traffic offenders accordingly.

This is not a new issue, and please know I continue to  take the necessary steps to raise awareness to community stakeholders.  I am hopeful by broadening the scope to various teams whose work is related to traffic design, will support our efforts.   Coming to a resolution may take some time, but please know there is a sense of urgency on my end.

I welcome further conversation, and appreciate the partnership.  Feel free to contact me by phone or email.

Sincerely,

Bianca Porter, Principal