Ongoing construction at the Johnson Elementary School campus caused the rerouting of parent/visitor traffic beginning with the afternoon pick-up lines on Thursday, April 28.
School officials say they will be opening the new driveway on the south side of the campus in an effort to begin major work on the front side of the building. The campus is scheduled to receive a library, foyer and front office expansion as part of the 2009 bond program. Work will not be completed until the fall of 2011.
As a result of the ongoing construction, the front driveway at Johnson will be temporarily inaccessible. The main office entrance will be relocated to the north side of the building near the gymnasium. This is the same entrance/exit used for school bus drop off and pick up each morning and afternoon.
The north parking lot will become the visitor lot and staff parking will move to the new lot on the south side of the campus. Parents will drop off their children based on normal routines Thursday morning (April 28) and the new procedures will be implemented for Thursday afternoon routes.
Parents will be utilizing the two outside lanes of the new loop. Drivers will enter the new loop entrance north of Highland Avenue, just beyond the attorney’s office on the corner.
If you are heading north on Carroll Avenue from Highway 114, you will turn right into the new entrance and remain in the right lane as you drive through the loop, exiting the campus using a right turn onto Carroll Avenue.
If you are heading south on Carroll Avenue toward Highway 114, you will turn left into the new entrance and remain in the left lane as you drive through the loop, exiting with a left turn onto Carroll Avenue.
Once parents enter the outside lanes, they will not be able to switch lanes during the pick-up/drop-off periods. Parents are also asked NOT to park their vehicles and exit them to go into the building to get their children.
Drivers are also reminded to end their cell phone calls before entering the school zone. The Southlake Department of Public Safety is actively monitoring cell phone usage within the school zones; violations carry a fine up to $200.
A copy of the parent driving instructions and a map of the new parent loop are available on the JES website. Copies are being sent home with students at JES, too.
Questions may be directed to Principal Lori Allison or Assistant Principal Mike Landers.
All bus rider, bike rider and walk-home procedures will stay the same for the remainder of the school year.