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Traffic Congestion Policy

 

Checkerbrook High

 

 

Ronney Dulmorris                     

 

 

Student and Teacher Guide

 

Installation of School Council Traffic Policy to Stream Student Progress in the Corridors and Outside Classes

 

 

 

In order to combat the school’s traffic congestion issues, a policy has been established to filter student movement in the corridors, reducing obstruction and creating optimum travel in order that students may efficiently progress between lessons. This policy should reduce late attendance and student injury. It will also aid in creating better temperaments for students by reducing the strain of corridor diffusion.

It is vitally important that all members of the school community read this policy thoroughly before attempting to use the school corridors for transportation in the future, as otherwise they may misuse these and result in reprimand and/or accident. This policy is the guide to new corridor regulations and requires careful attention.

The sections below lay out the policy as it currently stands, though it is possible some minor alterations may occur after the launch of the policy, when the traffic congestion issue is reviewed. The school student council welcomes any suggestions for addition to the policy, or alterations to the policy as it already exists.

 

 

 

Basic Layout

          Double yellow lines will be drawn around the perimeters of corridors, except at access points, where parking will be prohibited. Fine for parking could include 5.00 fee, detention or temporary confiscation of corridor licence. Repeated failure to obey the corridor travel policy could result in permanent licence subtraction.

          Single yellow lines will be placed at locker points, where students may stop providing that

a)     any student stopping possesses a locker or possesses access to a locker at that particular time

b)     the student does not stop for longer than 1 minute, or otherwise faces charges of 60p per extra minute

c)     the student stops only once during the voyage of that corridor (intermittent/bogus stops will not be tolerated)

          Two lanes will be created, the outside lane travelling anticlockwise around the building and the inside clockwise, in order to separate congestive channels. These will be clearly marked with dashed white lines down the centre of corridors.

 

Parking Bays

          Designated parking bays with a capacity of one class of students, when filled to greatest density permitting breathing, will be installed outside classrooms. These will be accessible for resting and for classes awaiting admission. These will be outlined as white boxes on the edge of the corridor at double yellow line breaking points.

          Peak-time parking bays, for overflow purposes will be available for access during the first 5 minutes of every lesson, after the bell has rung. There will be a stated charge[1] for parking in these regions. These areas will be outlined in dashed white boxes on the edges of the corridor, at double yellow line breaking points.



[1] 60p per minute, with a minimum charge of 20p.

 

 

          Designated parking bays will also be present in the foyer and beside drinks machines and water dispensers. These will include two zones, those outlined in white for long-term parking and those in yellow for temporary access to the machines or reception. These areas must be cleared after access had been exploited.

 

Emergency Access

          Teacher lanes will be marked by pale green stripes on the unpopular sides of corridors (outer edges, where journeys are longer), for emergency access to classrooms and equipment travel. They will be found beyond the marked double yellow lines, which are guidance for students and can only be occupied by students at overflow occasions. Overflow occasions will be announced by a member of senior staff. At all other times, teacher lanes should be kept clear for teacher access in the case of emergency, or for transporting such objects as televisions and videos, science equipment or damaged students. Students may use these lanes in an emergency, if given a green shoulder-pad teacher pass. Each teacher shall have 1 teacher pass, which they must retrieve after lending. Teacher lanes will not obstruct student access to stairways, doorways and parking areas, and shall only be present across blank areas of corridor.

 

Speed Control

          Speed limits will be installed upon placards placed upon the doors and walls of the school corridors above head height. These speed limits will give a desired speed of travel[1] (measured in metres per second), of which students may only vary by a few digits. Students with medical impediments or disabilities, should obtain a slow vehicle pass, in the form of a luminous orange shoulder pad, which they will be required to display for corridor travel. Failure to display or misuse of slow vehicle pass may result in confiscation of licence.

          Speed cameras will be installed at danger zones, where disobedience of speed limit restrictions is predicted. These will be mobile and so able to track offending students. Only students with teacher lane passes moving in that region will be able to exceed the speed limits. Travel at speed below the limits is prohibited.

          ‘No Stopping’ signs will be positioned at the required areas, where lack of classroom access demands constant student movement. Any student stopping at these points will be registered by speed cameras or teacher presence, and punished through temporary confiscation of corridor licence or ban from particular regions.

 

Stairs

          Stairs will follow no speed limit restrictions but are required to move at a steady speed, unless impeded.

          All staircases will follow a one-way system policy, where all of the staircases on the Eastern wing of the school or further to that side, will be up only, and all staircases on the Western wing down.

          Crashmats should be provided at the base of stair routes in order to decrease injury, when accidents occur at these places.

          Stairs should be channelled into separate tracks to ease crowd pressure. These tracks will be marked by dashed white lines and posts at regular intervals. Merging between channels is only permissible at times of congestion and slow stair movement. The introduction of these tracks should relieve the student flow into two simple queues. Stairs will not be marked in any way with designated parking bays or teacher lanes, as they are areas of high congestion and specific direction crowd concentration.

 

Library

The library will operate on a circulatory system in which students are channelled in a particular clockwise route around the edges of the room. Students will pass the main desk before departing, where they can take out books if applicable. The centre of the room and table area will be a designated parking bay for students wishing to linger in the library for any time. However, students wishing to enter or leave this region must do so by the



[1] Note, not a maximum speed

 

          circulatory system. There will be two lanes in this system, the fast, inside lane[1] and slower, outside lane[2]. The faster lane will be predominantly for use of students wishing to access the designated parking bay and computer region, whereas the slower lane will be chiefly for browsing and book removal access.

 

Areas of Further Concern

          The upstairs back corridor ranging between rooms 118 and 129 will operate on a one-way system. This corridor has been noted for particular congestion, because of the number of classrooms and relatively few access points (stairs and doors to outside or service regions such as the library or foyer). There will also be an increased number of designated parking bays on this corridor, but there will be an ascending one-way system, East to West. This scheme is designed to filter student progress more efficiently and decrease crashes. One-way doors will be installed to prevent rebellious students from resisting the corridor policy.

          Traffic lights will be positioned at the base of downward stairs and top of upward stairs to limit student release from these points onto the main corridors. Traffic lights will also be installed at all main entrances to the building, but exit will be available at all times without delay.

          Permanent traffic cones will be positioned on corners of corridors, so as to prevent any crashes at these areas. Traffic cones will also be positioned at areas where there are obstructions to the corridor. Permanent features will demand permanent traffic cones (I.e. attached to the ground), whereas temporary features will only require mobile traffic cones. Stores of mobile traffic cones will be kept in cone cupboards positioned in the spaces behind and underneath some staircases. These areas will also be designated parking bays for student use.

          Teacher duty points will be marked with a green dot. These areas are not prohibited in any way, but mark where the duty teachers should stand to avoid speed camera interrogation. Students found abusing the use of these spots will be fined the peak-time parking bay standard charge[3] and possibly face reprimand from the duty teacher, who may decide on their own punishment.

          ‘Danger Teacher’ notices will be installed outside the staff room entrances and any offices along the direct corridor routes in order to warn oncoming traffic of the possibility of sudden teacher appearance.

          ‘Danger Junction’ notices will be installed around stairways and doors leading to the outside. These regions will also be separated with a give way dotted white line, to show that traffic entering the corridor has to allow access to students already travelling along it, to decrease crash likelihood.

 

Knowledge

 

Student Handouts

 

          All students will be issued with a coloured, illustrated ‘Highway Code School Corridor’ handout, pocket size for convenience. Any student who fails, when asked, to produce their ‘Highway Code School Corridor’ leaflet could face exclusion from corridor travel or ban from using certain areas. Possession of the ‘Highway Code School Corridor’ booklet is essential for student reference. All information about this policy will be included in the handout.

          All students will be issued a monitoring pedometer, which will track their current speed of travel (in metres per second), in order to aid with speed limit restrictions. This device will help, especially occupied students, or students lacking in mathematical capabilities, so that they can easily check the speed of their travel and keep it to the restrictions posted for their area.

 

 



[1] 2.5m/s

[2] 01.m/s

[3] 60p per minute, with a minimum charge of 20p.

 

Vehicle Behaviour

 

          Any student (or teacher) below 5 foot in height, shout be obliged to display a luminous yellow shoulder pad to warn oncoming traffic of their presence. Failure to display this, or obscuring this pad could result in accident and/or injury. The student wearing the shoulder pad should be aware that it is for their own safety; visibility in the crowded corridors is bad, putting smaller, more vulnerable persons at risk. Any student (or teacher) who fails to display their luminous yellow warning shoulder pad faces immediate exclusion from corridor travel and serious reprimand. We are aware that students cannot help their height, but we remind you that this is not discrimination, and the policy is installed merely for student safety purposes.

          Students pivoting or turning corners must indicate by raising a right or left hand (as appropriate[*]) in the air. Hand gestures to the side cannot be accepted, as there is a danger risk for overtaking traffic. Hand gestures must be performed before a turning, in order to create a warning device, particularly if the student in question is crossing another lane. Hand gestures should not be performed after or during the turn which the student is making.

          U-turns are to be prohibited in the school corridors, except in designated parking bays if not replete. Students who have made a wrong turning or accidentally passed their point of access should use these areas to make u-turns. Designated u-turn areas will be available in areas where there is no junction, parking bay or one-way system. These will be shown as gaps in the dotted white lines central to the traffic channels.

 

 

 

The new Checkerbrook High school Traffic Congestion Policy for teachers and pupils should be brought into operation by the next term, by which time new equipment and guides should be positioned around the building. Minor alterations may occur to the basic set out of the policy, but all information to this effect will be brought to you in registration.

 

 

 

This policy was funded by the Checkerbrook High school student council.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Any inquiries about the school Traffic Congestion Policy should be made to Ronney Dulmorris, head of the school student council, who can be found in the 6th form common room or library during registration and break times.

 



[*] Raise the right hand to indicate a turning to the right; raise a left hand to indicate a turning to the left.

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