New traffic pattern at RHAM high school

HEBRON, Conn. (WTNH) — Months after a deadly accident in the parking lot claimed the life of a popular teacher, RHAM Middle and High school students began the new school year Wednesday with new safety measures in place on the campus.

School officials say their goal is to make the new traffic pattern smooth and safe for the students.

“The whole thrust of the plan was to separate buses and cars,” School Superintendent Robert Siminski said, “and I think you could see that this morning and we made some subtle changes to allow traffic to flow.”

Dawn Mallory, math teacher at RHAM Middle School.
Dawn Mallory, math teacher at RHAM Middle School.

These safety measurements come after police say the teacher, 65-year-old Dawn Mallory, was struck and killed back in March by a parent dropping off a student. That driver was eventually charged, and the tragedy is still on the minds of parents.

“It was really tragic, because that should never have happened,” RHAM parent Carol Strot said.

School officials made changes on how students are dropped off and picked up.

“Watching the middle school drop off point, that seemed to go very smoothly with the parents exiting from the school parking lot,” Siminski said. He said there are more changes to be made and he is still working on creating a safer environment for students with new ideas.

“We are doing things like where’s the best place to have a cross walk, are there other parking lot entrances we should close or open to make traffic flow smoother,” he said.

“I am hoping it will get better as time goes on,” Strot said.

“Parents seem to be slowing down a bit and traffic is flowing a little better than last year,” parent Laura Pallas said.

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