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Traffic Concerns at School

Briana Cortese, Reporter

Morning or afternoon, car driver or bus rider, traffic is an unbeatable, unchanging matter that plays a strong role in the commute back and forth from school, work, and other activities. No matter the method of transportation the concern of traffic is always taken into consideration while traveling to a destination. The traffic conditions at Norwalk High School have been responsible for countless students tardiness as well as minor accidents that have occurred on campus.

Various high schools were contacted across the nation to further investigate the concern regarding schools traffic conditions, the responses received back in Connecticut conveyed that traffic is a huge problem on campus for both public and private schools.

Research showed that a lot of high schools had come up with different methods to eliminate traffic problems such as assigned parking spots, or separate parking areas for students and drop off lines. Kevin J Altieri, Director of Admissions at Fairfield Prep, stated that “students have two lots for parking and faculty has one.” This was quite surprising considering FP’s student population is 901 students nearly half the size of NHS’s whopping 1700.

100% of the responses back reported that their was at least one person directing traffic in the morning and after school. “We have at least 4 folks to help to direct traffic both on the road and inside the parking lot,” noted Patti Boutilier, English Department Chair at Ridgefield High.

Skepticism was a concern regarding the security officer in the mornings at Norwalk High’s own parking lot. The following question was noted, does he do more harm than good? Investigation of his performance was conducted before the school day began, just as morning traffic started to pile in.

It was observed that many parents and students were extremely angry when he stops them from proceeding through the parking lot to allow the other lane of parents who already dropped off their children to pass. “I get pissed off when the security officer stops the entire left lane of cars so that the right lane can pass. Those people already dropped off their kids! I still have to park my car and get to class!” says Efrosini Haijan (‘12).

There is no doubt that traffic is a major issue at school, as well as other schools statewide. Not all problems have a solution, but there are surely things that can be done to alleviate the issue.

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