COVID has upended many elementary school routines.
Youngsters attend split sessions — morning or afternoon. There’s no cafeteria service.
And — go figure — more and more kids are walking to school.
Many parents don’t want their kids to ride buses. Not every mom or dad is available every day to drive every kid. So there they are, each morning: boys and girls on foot (and bikes).
It’s almost like the old days.
Except — over the years — Westport has forgotten how to handle kids heading on their own to class.
Wednesday is National Walk to School Day. Kings Highway Elementary celebrates it starting today, through Wednesday.
The school’s PTA figures it’s a great way to focus on road safety.
Parents will be stationed at Post Road West by Ludlow Road and Kings Highway North. They’ll wear neon, hand out balloons, and make themselves and their kids visible — even though (or actually because) there are no school safety zone signs and few crosswalks near the Post Road West building.
Children have made signs, promoting school zone driving safety. They’ll hang them in front of the school. Yesterday, families wrote sidewalk chalk messages about the topic.
The Post Road — aka US 1 — is a state thoroughfare. The town is limited in what it can do. The Kings Highway PTA is working with the Connecticut Department of Transportation and town officials to increase safety precautions, as quickly and efficiently as possible.
So this week — if you see kids walking to Kings Highway (or any other school) — slow down. Wave. Give a gentle honk of support.
And given them plenty of room to enjoy themselves.