NEWPORT, NH–Newport Superintendent of Schools Cindy Gallagher announced Wednesday that the Richards Elementary School will be using a new procedure for the drop-off and pick-up of students riding to and from school with their parents, guardians, or other adults approved by parents or guardians to transport their children. Vehicles dropping off or picking up children will be asked to no longer drop off or pick up their children on School Street, but rather to enter the Richards School main parking lot from School Street, drop off or pick up their child, and then exit to Beech Street, making a right turn to Sunapee Street. Buses will follow the same traffic flow after parents come through, entering from School Street and exiting to Beech Street, making a right turn to Sunapee Street.
In the morning, parents will be able to drop off their children beginning at 8:00 a..m. Between 8:00 and 8:15 a.m., the buses will drop off grades Kindergarten through Grade 5 at Richards School and then continue to the Middle High School to drop off the Grade 6 students. In the afternoon, parents will be able to begin to pick up their children at 3:10 p.m., with buses picking up the sixth graders first and then arriving at Richards School between 3:20 and 3:35 p.m. to pick up the Richards’ bus students. More detailed information about this plan will come home in mailings and will be discussed at the Richards Back to School Night on August 25 at 5:00 p.m. Information will also be available on the District’s website, www.sau43.org.
“Parking will be very limited this year at Richards,” said Gallagher. “The school parking lot has been redesigned to have 47 parking spaces and an additional two handicap spaces. Additionally, St. Patrick Church has graciously allowed the school to use the rear spaces of the parking lot it owns across from Assumption Hall, as well as the parking spaces along the tree line at Assumption Hall. These will be used for school staff. There will also be street parking along the school side of School Street, and some additional parking along the church side of the exit to Beech Street. The District is encouraging staff and parents to carpool wherever possible however, as there will be little excess parking capacity on or near Richards School.”
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