Since we are beginning a new year, we wanted to re-post this popular article from last year as a friendly reminder to our returning students and parents, as well as for the benefit of our new parents. Please take a moment to read/re-read this help information so that we can make sure to start the year off on the right foot!
We’ve all been in the wrong place at the wrong time… sometimes it’s because of bad choices, sometimes it’s because we don’t listen, and still sometimes it’s because we simply don’t know any better. So with that last scenario in mind, let’s talk about parking and picking up students after away games or any away events, like competitions.
We can agree that we all have the same goal in mind, which is we want to get our kid(s) and get home as soon as possible! So how do we work together to achieve that? The first step is understanding the band parking area and the requirements needed for getting the buses in and out, as well as allowing the equipment transfer truck and trailer access and maneuvering space to turn around, park and unload. In order for this process to happen smoothly and efficiently the entire entrance and loop area in front of the band room must be kept completely clear prior to the return of the students and equipment from an away event. This includes the cars of parents or students who may be on the trip themselves. The only exception to this is the back parking area where band staff and executive officers are allowed to park during such band activities.
Please take note of the entire area shaded red on the aerial photo included in this post and when you come to pick up your student from an away event, do not attempt to enter this area before the equipment trailer and buses have parked and begun to unload. It is impossible for the transfer truck to navigate this area when there are cars already in this area and we will have to ask you to move if you are parked within it, which causes unnecessary delays for everyone. Staying out of this area not only ensures a speedy and successful entry into the unloading area but it also reduces the chances of any possible damage to cars that may be parked within this area or the chances of anyone being injured. We will always try to block this area off to prevent entry, but regardless of whether you see barriers or not, please understand and comply with this policy.
One last thing to consider is that regardless of where you are parked, no students are allowed to leave until the equipment truck is completely unloaded and their instruments/flags and uniforms are properly put away. If you would like to help speed this process along, please consider assisting the students and boosters in unloading the equipment truck when it arrives. As mentioned earlier, if we all work together, we all get home sooner.
Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation. We hope this information is helpful to everyone, but especially to our new parents/guardians. If you ever have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact any of the Band Staff or Band Booster Officers or email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you all for your continued support.
CHS Band Staff and Booster Officers