Police: Stop dropping off GHS students on Silver St.
GREENFIELD — Police and the Greenfield High School would like to encourage parents to stop dropping students off on Silver Street.
Detective Lt. Daniel McCarthy of the Greenfield Police Department said parents are stopping there in the mornings to drop off students, which he said creates a huge traffic issue between 7:20 and 7:45 a.m. — as well as a safety issue for the kids.
McCarthy said that following reports of problems, he and other officers began watching the area to verify that, and will continue to do so.
Obstructing the flow of traffic is a ticketable offense, he said, and he advised parents to follow the high school’s instructions to drop students off on Barr Avenue, the street running between Silver and Cleveland streets at the far edge of the old parking lot.
Principal Donna Woodcock said parents were notified in a letter at the beginning of the year that they may drop students off at the north end of Barr Avenue, by Silver Street. Students are then to walk two blocks up Silver Street to enter the school from Kent Avenue.
That was also the arrangement last school year, Woodcock said.
This year, Woodcock said she has also opened the south end of Barr Avenue, and drivers may drop students off by the skating rink for a side entrance to the school that will close promptly at 7:45 a.m.
McCarthy said parents should not use Lenox Avenue for drop-off as it is reserved for staff and bus access.
The new high school construction project should be completed by fall 2015, and designs include expanded parking space.