Superintendent outlines new High School drop-off
At the Oct. 10 meeting of the Board of
Education, Superintendent Susan Kay Salvaggio
outlined new student drop-off procedures at
Niskayuna High School that are designed to
improve traffic flow and – most importantly – to
ensure student safety. The procedures will take
effect Monday, Oct. 15.
The modifications to student arrival procedures
are two-fold: A renewed emphasis on all
pedestrians using crosswalks and they call for
new options for parents dropping students off at
The Superintendent and Board members emphasized
that since the capital project was finalized in
recent years, traffic flow in the morning has
been significantly improved. But, Salvaggio
noted, officials believed that there was still
room for improvement and wanted to make sure
they were doing everything possible to ensure
the safety of everyone who accesses the high
As they reviewed morning traffic patterns at the
high school, officials observed that the busiest
time is from 7:20 a.m. to 7:35 a.m., a fact that
helped determine the new approach. Here are the
should be dropped-off curbside at one of
three locations, which will depend upon if a
student has an instrument and the time of
arrival (for the Nott Street entrance).
Prior to 7:20 a.m.,
parents should only use the Balltown Road
entrance to the campus.
If you are using the
Balltown Road entrance and dropping off a
child with no musical instrument, turn left
at the stop sign and drop your child off at
the pool entrance. This is a new drop-off
If you are dropping off a
middle or high school child with an
instrument, turn right at the stop sign and
use the circle right in front of the
building to drop your child off curbside.
For the Nott
Street Entrance: This entrance is only to be
used for student drop-offs after 7:20 a.m.
Proceed onto the campus and drop students
off curbside at the bus loop. Use the circle
to exit the campus on Nott Street also.
Students are not to be
dropped off at any location other than the
three designated curbside drop-off points.
Eliminating stops at other points in the
roadway is an important element of improved
traffic flow and student safety.
The district will refresh
the paint at the two existing crosswalks
which lead from the student parking lot to
the front of the high school. It will put
into place free-standing pedestrian markers.
The district will
establish a third crosswalk leading from the
center of the student parking lot to the
front of the school. It will establish
concrete steps with handrails in this spot,
which will be especially helpful in winter
and other inclement weather, and will post
visible cross walk signs.
The district plans to
provide additional adult supervision to help
motorists and students during this time of
The district will monitor the impact of the new
procedures of the coming weeks. Thank you for
your cooperation as we work to ensure safe and
orderly student arrival time at the high school.