Getting to School Safely
ABC: Always Be Careful
We understand the busy nature of arrival and dismissal times at Wellington Elementary School. Please take a moment in your hectic travels to follow these and other general traffic precautions to ensure everyone’s safety.
Walking to School
Students in Grades 2, 3, and 4 who have parent permission may walk home by themselves. Parents/guardians must submit a written note giving permission to the school to release a student to walk home at dismissal. All notes will be kept on file with classroom teachers, and cover only one school year. Because we do not provide after school supervision once the school day ends at 2:50 PM, walking students are expected to go directly home. Walking students may not stay at school on the playground to play without a parent/guardian present.
Carpools and Walking Buses
Carpools and walking buses could dramatically reduce traffic in this area, and we encourage families to consider exploring these solutions with their neighbors. A walking bus is when a group of neighbors collaborate to walk as a group, to/from school.
Driving and Traffic
The Town’s Traffic Advisory Committee (TAC) has met with the Wellington Building Committee, School Department, neighbors and other community members to establish the following procedures. Additionally, an engineering study was done by the consulting firm of Vanasse Hangen and Brustlin, Inc. In general, the plan is to control access to the school while keeping traffic moving away from the school site during drop-off and pick-up hours.