Parking & Traffic Safety
Welcome to our parking & traffic safety page. You will find information about parking when you visit as well as information about drop-off and pick up.
Arrival and Dismissal
terrace school Procedures and Protocols
Please remember these few reminders when dropping off your students in the morning in the front circle:
Please do not drive in the fire lane. This is unsafe. That is why it is marked off by the orange cones.
While queued up in the circle, please do not leave your car to walk your student(s) to the front entrance. This causes a slowdown in drop-off and is unnecessary. If you wish to walk your child(ren) to the front door, we ask that you please park in the parking lot adjacent to the building and walk your child(ren) to the front door.
Please do not park in the front circle next to the island to walk your child(ren) to the front entrance. This, too, slows down drop-off and is unsafe. It is unsafe for those crossing the driveway and is also unsafe when the parked cars try to merge back into the circle to leave.
Please park your car in the parking lot if you wish to walk your child(ren) to the front door. We would appreciate everyone's support with this so we can make morning arrival safe and quick for all of our students and families.
Pickup at dismissal time continues to improve. Please understand that unfortunately our supervisors are not out there to direct traffic.
They are there to help your children get into your vehicles safely and quickly. It is up to you, our community members, to be safe and patient as you wait for your students.
Please, I ask you to be patient with us but also with one another. There is no rush to get into the front circle. If you follow the directions below, we will get your children to you more quickly with each passing day.
Here are some way you can help us do that:
Display the laminated sign you all should have received from your teacher. If you did not receive a sign, please contact your teacher to let them know.
DO NOT wait or stand in front of a community member's driveway. The Des Plaines Police Department has asked me to remind you of this.
Please do not double park on Westgate, get out of your car, and walk up to the front. If you want to park and get your child, please park in our parking lot.
Do not drive to the left of the cars in the circle drive in order to leave the circle. This is dangerous and can hurt someone. Please be patient if the person in front of you is still loading their car. If your child is not outside when you drive up, you should leave the circle and make another pass.
Please do not wait and hold up the line behind you. Remember, if you want to park and get out of your car to pick up your child, please tell your child to leave out of door 3 (blacktop door) so you can meet them there. We do not want to have too many people congregating in the front of the school at dismissal time.