New traffic patterns for 1st day of school at RHAM

HEBRON, Conn. (WTNH)– New speed bumps, barricades, and signs will be greeting students for the new school year at RHAM Middle and High school tomorrow.

Back in March, police said popular teacher Dawn Mallory, 65, was struck and killed by a parent dropping off in the morning. Since then the traffic problem has been under the microscope.

“We just pulled up and I was like, ‘oh we can’t go through here anymore,” said Shannon Massey. She brought her daughter Lexi to check out school before the bell rings tomorrow.

“I think they’re trying to keep everyone safe since the tragic accident and my middle schooler would prefer to take the bus than to get involved in all the morning..it’s kind of chaotic,” said parent Ellen Kirckpatrick. She continued, “I think they’re doing all they can with this parking lot.”

After a summer with several hearings and meetings to address the issue, Superintendent Bob Siminski said the new changes are a good start. Now, cars and buses are separate. Also, they plan to have a State Trooper, administrators, and a constable out for the first day to enforce the rules.    RHAM sign

Also students will get dropped off at the high school meaning middle-school students will have to walk through the upper grades to get to class.

“I just don’t like walking all the way through the high school to get to class in the morning,” said Lexi Massey.

“I’d prefer if I could just drop her off at the Middle School, but I understand why,” said parent Sarah Pedro.

The Superintendent says they just ordered 80 more signs to help direct cars and buses. Plus, he said they can always tweak things down the road.

“Hopefully, hopefully it will all work out,” said Shannon Massey.

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