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Avoiding the lines when picking up kids from school

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Crutchfield Elementary parent Crystal Crawford waits in the pick-up line. (KTEN) Crutchfield Elementary parent Crystal Crawford waits in the pick-up line. (KTEN)
Parents wait in line outside Crutchfield Elementary School in Sherman. (KTEN) Parents wait in line outside Crutchfield Elementary School in Sherman. (KTEN)

SHERMAN, Texas -- "It's busy. It's full," said Sherman parent David Downey. "A lot of people get here earlier just to get a good spot."

Downey's not the only one waiting in a long line of cars to pick up his child from Crutchfield Elementary School in Sherman.

"I think if you get here earlier and get in this side of the line, you can get through pretty quickly," Crystal Crawford said.

But with so many parents trying to pick up their kids, getting there earlier may not always be the better choice.

"We also want to encourage our parents to leave a little bit closer to dismissal times," advised Sherman ISD spokeswoman Kimberly Simpson.

Traffic can back up along Dewey Avenue, and the district says if you wait a little bit closer to 3:15 p.m., you may not have to wait in line as long.

"The closer you leave to the dismissal time leads to you not having to wait," Simpson said.

Amanda Guidroz is no stranger to the Crutchfield pick-up lines. She said she waits a while to be in the front of the line.

"This is my fourth one to go through this school," she said. "Last year it took me 5 to 10 minutes; now its taken a little bit longer, and I wait about 30 to 45 minutes in the school line to be in the front."

Safety is a priority when students are going to and from the school. The Sherman Police Department advises motorists to:

  • be aware of surroundings
  • pay attention to school zone speed limits

Pedestrians are urged to use marked crosswalks with the help of an available crossing guard.

No matter how long the wait, Sherman ISD said any jams should clear up a little as the school year continues.

"It's the second week of school, so we know that people are really eager to pick up and drop off kids," Simpson said. "We are hoping that it kind of thins out a little bit as the year goes on."

For specific pick-up and drop-off routes for each campus, visit the Sherman ISD website.

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