An on-site temporary drop-off and pick-up zones is a section of the school grounds, such as a play area or parking lot, which can be used as a dedicated drop-off and pick-up zone only when children are arriving at, or leaving, school. Temporary drop-off and pick-up zones can be useful in older, urban schools that were built with no student loading areas and when most children walked to school rather than being driven to school.
Officially close street to traffic or create a one-way street only during drop-off and pick-up times.
Temporary street closures during student arrival and departure times can improve the efficiency and safety of the drop off and pick up of students at school. Temporary street closures eliminate motor vehicles in areas congested with pedestrians, bicyclists, and perhaps busses. Another similar technique is to designate a street as one-way during drop-off and pick-up time. Signs are essential for this method.
Another strategy to improve the safety and efficiency of the drop-off and pick-up process is the use of off-site queuing lanes or line of cars.
A drop-off and pick-up lane is an area on a street adjacent to school grounds or directly on the school grounds that is dedicated to the loading and unloading of students by private motor vehicles.
It may be appropriate to provide a separate travel lane for buses, a separate lane for private motor vehicles, and specific routes for pedestrians and bicyclists. Separate bus zones can be established either on the school site, or on the adjacent street, wherever sufficient room exists.
When assessing the drop-off and pick-up process, activity on school grounds (on site) as well as activity in the area surrounding the school (off site) must be considered. Developing safe routes to schools requires an orderly process for dropping off and picking up children both on and off the school campus.
Numerous tools can be used to improve the safety and efficiency of the drop-off and pick-up process at schools including: