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The Blue Zone Drop Off & Pick-up

There are a few options at Bowen during morning arrival and dismissal to ensure a safe drop off and pick-up of all students.  Families are encouraged to walk, carpool or take the bus as much as possible to help reduce the traffic in the Bowen neighborhood.  If you do have to drive, you are encouraged to park on Jackson Street or Langley Path and walk your child(ren) to school or use the Blue Zone. The Blue Zone, required by city ordinance, is designed to improve traffic flow and to insure safe drop off and pick-up of students.

Parking is prohibited in the Blue Zone at the following times:
8:05 a.m. - 8:35 a.m. Monday through Friday
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Monday through Friday
2:00 p.m - 3:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

Here are a few Blue Zone tips that all families must follow:

How the Blue Zone works during morning arrival:

  •  No car may enter the school driveway.  This is for buses and other authorized vehicles.
  •  The first car to arrive at the Blue Zone must pull up as far as possible (to the driveway entrance/exit located next to the wooded area).
  •  Each car must pull up directly behind the car in front of them.
  •  Students must be able to exit the car independently, the driver must stay in the car. If children need assistance to get out of the car, the driver must park in a legal spot outside of the Blue Zone.
  •  Tell your child when it is safe for them to open the door and get out.   Students should have their backpacks, lunches, etc. within reach and ready to go.
  •  Children MUST use the door on the sidewalk side of the car.  They should NEVER exit the car on the traffic side.
  •  The children will walk from the car along the sidewalk to the designated crossing path painted on the driveway to enter the main entrance doors.
  •  Once the child has properly exited the car, carefully pull out of the Blue Zone. Please use caution and remember that there are other cars traveling on Cypress Street.
  •  Cars must continue on Cypress Street to Parker Street.  There are no U-turns allowed.
  •   A staff member and/or volunteer will be visible at the driveway during this time.
  •  The Blue Zone is used rain, snow, or sunshine.

How the Blue Zone works during afternoon pick-up:

  •  No car may enter the school driveway.  This is for buses and other authorized vehicles.
  •  The first car to arrive at the Blue Zone must pull up as far as possible (to the driveway entrance/exit located next to the wooded area).
  •  Each car must pull up directly behind the car in front of them.
  •  Drivers must stay in the car.  Drivers may not exit the car to pick-up or greet a child.  
  •   The children will cross to the Blue Zone at the designated crossing path painted on the driveway in front of the main entrance doors and walk down the sidewalk to meet their ride.
  •  Student will wait for a Blue Zone pick-up on the sidewalk marked by the blue curb.
  •  Students will load into the car once the car has come to a complete stop in the Blue Zone. Students may not load into the car in front of the school driveway, in the crosswalk, or on the street.
  •  Students must be able to load into the car independently, as the driver must stay in the car. If children need assistance to get into the car, the driver must park in a legal spot outside of the Blue Zone.
  •  Once the child is properly belted in the car, carefully pull out of the Blue Zone. Please use caution and remember that there are other cars traveling on Cypress Street.
  •  Cars must continue on Cypress Street to Parker Street.  There are no U-turns allowed.
  •  Cars that continue to wait for a child should move forward, there should be no gaps between cars.
If you want to use the Blue Zone, you must follow the Blue Zone procedures.   It is also important that you communicate your pick-up plan with your child and teacher.  Students must be able to independently use the Blue Zone.  Older siblings can pick-up younger siblings and walk them to the Blue Zone.  If your child is not able to use the Blue Zone independently or with a sibling, you must park in a legal parking space and walk to Bowen.  It is essential that all families follow the procedures and communicate these expectations to any other caregiver.

Thank you for your help by following the Blue Zone procedures.  The Blue Zone can be a very effective system as long as we work together.


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