Neighbors said parents with children at Gorzycki Middle School ignore the pick-up lane and instead line up in their neighborhood in the afternoon.
AUSTIN, Texas – Some residents of a South Austin neighborhood said the after-school retreat situation at a school near their home gave them a big headache.
The designated drop-off area for Gorzycki Middle School is off Slaughter Lane. However, residents told KVUE that the parents have moved further down to the back of the school, where dozens of houses are located.
Andrew Warren lives off Colberg Drive and said before students are ushered out at 3.50pm, parents swarm the area, sometimes playing loud music and often avoiding leaving anywhere during that time.
“With everyone coming here, it’s kind of, yeah, it’s really annoying. Like I said, especially if you have to leave or have to go do something. I try not to do anything during that time,” Warren said.
Other neighbors told KVUE that often parents waiting to pick up their children will block their driveways.
Concern is starting to grow that traffic in the area could end up with a student, who is walking off campus, injured.
Neighbors said they expressed their concerns to the school principal and called 311, but have not received much response or any sort of remedy.
An Austin Independent School District (AISD) spokesperson told KVUE that district leaders were not notified of any concerns, but would contact the school principal to find out more.
Classes officially ended on Friday, and while neighbors said they can breathe a sigh of relief, they are hoping the school can put a plan into action for the upcoming school year.
“That would be a nice relief and not having to worry about, you know, getting into a crash or something or just being able to go out whenever I want and not having to worry about competing with a whole bunch of people picking up their kids.” Warren said.
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