If you've spent any time around North Elementary this week, particularly in the afternoon when school gets out, you would have noticed our officers and volunteers in the area directing traffic. Things were getting so congested on 200 North that the crossing guard couldn't do his job without dodging cars and the kids were at risk. We found parents in their vehicles lining up down 200 North, in the red zone, 30-45 minutes early, to pick up their children and that was causing congestion. We met with the school administration and tried to come up with a solution. It was decided we would shut down 600 West 200 North to northbound traffic during this time to allow the crossing guard to do his job safely and to protect the children. Our hope was that parents picking up their children would stop coming so early. The consequence of this decision was that parents still showed up just as early and are basically double parking on 600 West, blocking the residential driveways and preventing them from getting in and out of their homes during this time. We are committed to making this work so our request is that you not block driveways if you feel like you need to arrive 30-45 minutes early. Also, stay a little left of the parked vehicles so if someone needs to get out, or there is an emergency, we can make those accommodations. It's really about being a good neighbor and taking care of the children. If you don't absolutely have to pick up your child in a vehicle, please consider walking to the school and getting them. I saw many parents doing this today and it makes for a very healthy alternative. Thanks for your patience with this change and let's work together to make it work.