Upper Glanmire N.S.

1st October – Congestion at school gates

Dear Parents,

As I am sure you will all agree, the safety of the children attending our school is our priority at the beginning and the end of the school day. Recently, the congestion at the school gate has been an issue and as a result the safety of the children has been compromised.

I have met with the local council, the Gardaí and the Parents’ Association regarding this issue and to identify steps that can be taken to ensure the safety of the children.

I am advised to remind parents that the area directly outside the school gates has been designated for traffic flow and a limited number of parking spaces. The centre lane is not designed as a set down lane, as cars will be moving in and out of the parking spaces. The school strongly advises that children are collected from the school gates and accompanied by an adult on leaving the school. We cannot be responsible for the safety of the children when they are not on the school premises. In this regard, we hope to work together to ensure the safety of the children coming to and from school.

We have also been in discussion with local agencies regarding the formation of ‘Walking Buses’ or a ‘Park and Stride’ strategy, where children would walk accompanied by parents to designated pick up areas away from the school gate. For this to work we would need volunteers on board and I invite you to e-mail me at ugns.principal@gmail.com or call to the school if you are interested in this.

We have also looked at the possibility of establishing a second bus route and this is ongoing.

I hope we can be pro-active in relation to the safety of our children and not have to react to an accident that occurs outside the school gates. Please do not use the centre lane for setting down and please free up the limited parking spaces in the morning and the evening.

I thank you for your co-operation and continued support on this matter. Please feel free to contact me if you have any queries in relation to any of the above.

Le meas,

Patrick O’Connell