Student drop-off at Hudson High School goes relatively smoothly because not all 1,600 students arrive at the same time—the same can’t be said for dismissal! For optimal safety, please drop-off students adjacent to the curb—not in an outside lane. From our observations, traffic seems to flow better when folks use their turn signals--including the school buses! In the morning, vehicles entering the front of the building have a choice of either lane as the front loop is “one way” only—and there’s plenty of room to get over to the right once you’re up by the front entrance (labeled B). Again, drop students at the curb—too often, drivers are looking toward their drop-off instead of looking ahead as they pull out—and that could prove disastrous!
At dismissal, please avoid the front loop of the high school from 2:40 – 3:10 pm. We have approximately 30 buses either lined up or in route from the Middle School—and they don’t pull out until 3:10 pm (a bit later at the beginning of the school year). That could translate into a cloud of diesel fumes if you happen to get caught in the line-up—not to mention the impact on where the buses fall in the line-up grid if you’re “in their space.” Some students get real confused when the bus isn’t in the same location each day (something to do with them all being the same color).
Instead of the front loop, parents can pick up students at the Auditorium entrance off of Stow Road; but with the concentration of student traffic, it’s not the best scenario. It’s how it is at most high schools! Probably the best plan would be to avoid the rush altogether and coordinate a pick-up time at or after 3:15 pm! And please avoid the Hudson United Methodist Church Parking Lot; that’s private property . . . no student pick-ups!