New GM/MEHMS Student Drop Off Plan

Kiss-and-Ride Student Drop-off/Pick-Up Changes
Posted on 09/01/2017

For the 2017-2018 school year, Mary Ellen Henderson MS and George Mason HS bus runs will combine in the morning as well as in the afternoon. The changes noted below will ensure the safety of all students traveling to school by foot, bicycle, car, or bus, allow for smoother entry and exit from both schools, and facilitate easier morning drop-off and afternoon dismissal for our bus and car riders.

Due to recently aligned bell schedules we are now able to solve several transportation problems that have been affecting students and their families. For example, traffic along Haycock Road in the morning has been congested due to parents and students entering the school campus, causing delays to buses, students and staff parking, and families dropping off their children. Additionally George Mason bus-riders had to get up earlier and wait approximately 35 minutes prior to school starting due to the earlier bus run to allow for the later MEH bus run. Also, MEH bus-riders often arrived late last year because of traffic and buses being delayed from the earlier George Mason bus runs.

Bus Drop-Off and Pick-Up

The combined morning and afternoon bus runs will enter the GM & MEH campus from Haycock Road and drop students off using the MEH bus loop. MEH bus riders will enter MEH through the cafetorium and George Mason students will enter the GM building through the cafeteria entrance. Buses will then exit to Haycock Road.

GM & MEH Kiss-and-Ride Student Drop-Off and Pick-Up

Our new transportation plan vastly improves kiss-and-ride drop-offs for George Mason and MEH families. The map below shows the new routes for buses as well as car routes for drop-off in the morning and pick-up in the afternoon. A new George Mason drop-off will be accessible from Leesburg Pike (Rt. 7) (this was formerly the GM Bus Loop). The advantages of this new kiss-and-ride include a dedicated access ramp off Leesburg Pike and quick exit to westbound Leesburg Pike, the entrance ramp to Route 66, and the wraparound Metro access road to Haycock Road and Metro. GM parents may still use the Haycock Road entrance and drop off students in front of the flagpole entrance (Door 19).

MEH families may also enter from the new Leesburg Pike entrance in front of George Mason High School and immediately turn left to access the service road to drop their children off in front of MEH. MEH drivers will exit in front of the MEH building to Leesburg Pike, and should use the wraparound Metro access road to Haycock Rd or Rt 66. MEH families may still enter the campus through Haycock Road.

I-66 shortcut diagram

Walking and Biking to School

The map designates recommended paths for students walking or biking to school. Walkers should enter the campus using the crosswalk across Haycock Road and students riding bikes may either dismount and walk their bikes through the crosswalk, or use any of the other entrances.

Staff Supervision and Support

School staff, security staff, and the school resource officer will be monitoring these updated transportation routes closely. We will be all hands on deck to make sure that families know where to drop students off and that students riding bus can safely access the school buildings.

Thank you for your assistance with our new routes and drop-offs. Please direct questions or concerns to *School Principal*.

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