~Evergreen Middle School PTSA~

       6900 208th Ave. N.E., Redmond, WA 98053 | 425 936-2320 |  Lake Washington School District 


Evergreen is bigger than ever, with nearly 1250 students, and with this traffic in the morning and afternoon is a challenge. Nothing is more important than the safety of our students and staff, so we wanted to share some thoughts with parents to help both you and the Eagle staff during especially busy traffic times.
 
  • Please don’t park and sit with your student in the morning.  With more than 100 staff members in the building, there is limited parking.  We are getting reports of parents parking between 7:15 and 7:45 and waiting together.  Unfortunately, this is taking away parking from the staff who are coming to work at this time.  Please use the three driveways to drop off your student, but please do not park unless your need to come into the building for business.
  • Staff is often leaving for district meetings in the afternoon between 2:00 and 2:30.  Many parents begin arriving for pick up as early as 1:50 and the upper lane fills up quickly.  If you are waiting in the lower two lanes, please be sure to stay to one side or the other so people can leave.  Also, remember to turn your car off and not idle when waiting, it is good for the environment and means fewer students are breathing large amounts of carbon dioxide.
  • Please follow the directions of staff:  Mr. Shannon and Mrs. Deffe direct traffic and assure that students stay safe and traffic is balanced.  If one of them, or any other staff directing traffic, ask you to feed into a specific area, it is important that you follow that direction.  Always remember, the speed limit on campus is 5 mph and never block intersections when waiting.
  • As the weather gets cold and rainy, more people will drop off students.  Even on bad weather days, we encourage students to use district transportation, however, more parents will drop off and pick up on these days.  Be prepared for significant waits between 7:45 and 8:05 AM. Also, please feed to lower lots for drop off, even in bad weather, this helps us keep the traffic flowing and makes it safer for staff and students.
  • 208th Street is not in school control. We know that 208th is a tough street to navigate during busy pick-up and drop-off times.  Add in a busy neighborhood and we get significant back-ups on the road, especially in the afternoon.  EMS is aware of the situation and have expressed our concern to the county roads department.  If you are concerned about the roads, please contact the Road Services Division of the King County Department of Transportation at 206-477-8100.  Make sure you are not waiting in a self-created “center turn” lane, never pass on the right of cars, and, most importantly, be patient.