Oak Grove parents express concern over parking lot safety

Oak Grove Elementary sign off of Main St. in Medford (Jennevieve Fong / News 10)

A local school organization is sending a message to parents to stay attentive while behind the wheel.

The Oak Grove Parent Teacher Organization posted on Facebook Wednesday morning, expressing concerns for their students as they are dropped off and picked up from school.

The post (pictured above) said drivers are using their phones instead of paying attention to pedestrians coming through the crosswalk. It said there are two or three cars that come close to hitting students every day. However, the post has since been removed.

The Medford School District said they are aware of the situation and are finding solutions to prioritize student safety. MSD representatives provided News 10 with this statement:

The district recently invested $8,000 in parking lot improvements, including a new path from the parking lot crosswalk to the sidewalk, newly marked crosswalk lines, and signage. The school employs “greeters” who meet students in front of the school, so parents can drop their students off at the front doors without having to park and get out of their vehicles. The district also utilizes crossing guards on West Main Street and Medford Police will monitor morning traffic flow.
We realize the parking lot is crowded during drop off and pick up times. Our older elementary schools like Oak Grove were not designed for such high traffic levels. We would encourage parents to use our busing system to reduce the number of cars in the lot.

MSD said that as sixth grade students will be moved to McLoughlin Middle School next year, district officials anticipate the transfer will help reduce congestion.

The Oak Grove Parent Teacher Organization is hosting a meeting Wednesday night at 5:30 p.m. However, it is undetermined if the concerns regarding the parking lot will be discussed.

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