Changes Announced Regarding Valle Crucis School Traffic Pattern, Heavy Congestion & Safety Issues Prompt Change

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Valle Crucis School Principal Preston Clarke released a statement on Thursday night outlining new changes that will take effect on Friday.

Dear Valle Crucis Parents & Guardians, Per the request by the Watauga County Sheriff’s office, we will be changing our afternoon traffic pattern and car pickup procedures in an effort to relieve the congestion of school traffic on Broadstone Road. We will need the cooperation of all parties to make this work and maintain safety for our students. Please follow the correct procedures that are specified so that this process can flow smoothly as possible.

Below you will find the changes that will be made to afternoon car pickup, which will begin Friday, September 9th. I apologize for the quick notice but the Watauga County Sheriff’s office felt as though it was important to begin these changes as soon as possible. This is also a good opportunity to remind everyone to consider using school transportation as in our school buses. Using school transportation also helps alleviate traffic congestion in the morning and afternoons.

All car riders will now be picked up in the front of the school. Overflow traffic will be directed to loop around in the faculty lot and follow the lane in front of the school and into the front parking lot where parents and guardians will pick up their children. Afternoon pickup for K-5 students will start at 2:25. Any middle school students that have younger siblings in grades K-5 should come down at this time as well.

Parents & Guardians please do not arrive prior to 2:20 p.m. to help with traffic flow. Afternoon pickup for Middle School car riders who do not have younger siblings will begin at 2:40 p.m.

Parents and Guardians please do not arrive prior to 2:35 p.m. to pick up your middle students. We will not release them until around 2:40 p.m.

I realize this is another change in regards to afternoon pickup and I certainly apologize for the inconvenience but I am seeking your cooperation in helping make this work for the safety our children and community.

Thank you,

Preston Clarke

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