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Parking Rules and Safety
Parking Rules & Safety
PLEASE DO NOT PARK IN NO PARKING ZONES OR HANDICAPPED PARKING SPOTS. NO PARKING IN LOT FROM 8AM to 3:30 PM.

NO PARKING, STOPPING OR STANDING IN FRONT OF THE SCHOOL.
VISITORS MAY PARK IN THE CUTOUT AREA ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE SCHOOL.

PLEASE USE CROSSWALKS TO CROSS PLEASANT AVE.

Somerville School Traffic Safety Plan

We have created a school traffic safety plan so all Somerville students arrive at and leave school
safely.

Whether you drive, walk or bike your child to school, please read the guide and determine a plan for getting your child to school safely and ensuring the safety of all Somerville students on their way to and from school.

WE ENCOURAGE STUDENTS TO WALK TO SOMERVILLE SCHOOL!
The best way to ease traffic congestion and improve student safety in Ridgewood is to decrease the number of cars in school areas.

IF YOU WALK TO SCHOOL
Always use crosswalks and crossing guards. Never cross mid-block.
Crossing guards are located in front of the school on South Pleasant Avenue and at the following corners:

Pleasant and East Ridgewood Ave.
Pleasant and Spring Ave.
South Van Dien and Spring Ave.
North Van Dien and Wyndemere

IF YOU BIKE TO SCHOOL
Students in 4th and 5th grade are permitted to ride their bicycles to school with parental permission.
Remember to always wear a helmet.
Bike racks are located near the 4th/5th grade doors.

IF YOU DRIVE TO SCHOOL
MORNING DROP-OFF​
First bell: 8:35 am – doors open
Second bell: 8:45 am – classes begin
Students should arrive at school no earlier than 8:30 am.
Pull into the cutout – stop, drop and go! Children can cross with the crossing guard in front of the school.

MID-DAY DROP-OFF AND PICK UP​
AM kindergarten dismissal: 11:20 am
PM kindergarten start: 12:25 pm
Lunch times:
Grade 1: 11:45-12:30
Grades 2-3: 12:10-12:55
Grades 4-5: 12:35-1:20

AFTERNOON PICK-UP
Dismissal is at 3 pm.  Please be courteous of residents – don’t block their driveways with your vehicle.

GENERAL​
Use extra caution when driving on South Pleasant Avenue between East Ridgewood Avenue and Spring.

Most elementary school children are short in stature and unfamiliar with pedestrian/traffic regulations!

Allow extra time for traffic, especially in bad weather.

Please follow parking rules as posted on signs.

Never make U-turns on South Pleasant Avenue.

Do not park on the school side of South Pleasant Avenue.

Do not stop or park in bus zones.

Do not enter parking lot during school/staff hours (8 am to 3:30 pm). Parking lot is for staff only.

Do not double-park anywhere near the school!

Observe all street signs and follow the traffic, parking and pedestrian laws outlined below:

It is illegal to leave your car unattended in the fire lane or to park within 10 feet of a fire hydrant.  It is illegal to park within 25 feet of a crosswalk or within 50 feet of a "stop" sign.  Motorists must stop for pedestrians at a crosswalk. Pedestrians do not have the right of way when crossing mid-block. Please use crosswalks.

Note: The Ridgewood Police Dept. may ticket any parent or caregiver who breaks these laws while dropping off or picking up their child