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In-person classes begin Monday! Drivers reminded of drop-off, pick-up procedures
The first day of in-person classes for Ballard County Schools is Monday, Aug. 31. It’s back to campus for student drivers, parents and bus drivers alike. The district expects a higher-than usual volume of traffic for the first few days, and asks parents and students please not to block traffic on U.S. 60.
“It’s been nearly six months since we’ve had students on campus,” said Transportation Director Darrell Sullivan. “We ask that everyone please be extra-careful, and extra-patient as we start back to school.”
Here’s a reminder of traffic patterns and pick-up/drop-off points for everyone on the main campus:
Ballard County Elementary School: Start/stop times have changed for BCES this year. Classes begin at 7:46 a.m., and finish at 3 p.m. Earliest student drop-off is 7:20 a.m. For both pick-up and drop-off times, all traffic to BCES should use the campus entrance between the west wing of Ballard Memorial High School and the Board of Education office at 3465 Paducah Road.
In an effort to keep backed-up traffic off of U.S. 60, vehicles going to BCES in the morning and afternoon should form two lines as soon as they enter the area behind the Board office. This two-lane traffic pattern will merge into one line when it gets to the traffic delineator posts near the first BCES building entrance.
 “That two-lane pattern is essential to keep Highway 60 clear, especially in the afternoons,” said Sullivan said. “Please be courteous to other drivers, and let them merge as necessary to get into the drop-off line.”
BCES Principal Chris Sheffer said that because of COVID-19 restrictions, parents cannot walk their child into the building this year. In the mornings, all car riders should line up in the single lane of traffic and students exit the vehicle on the driver’s side directly onto the sidewalk. “We’ll be checking student temperatures while the child is still in the vehicle, and personnel will meet cars as far back as the end of the sidewalk, to speed up the drop-off process,” Sheffer said. “Once vehicles are in front of the doors, children may exit the driver’s side of the vehicle.”
In the afternoon, BCES will use two lanes of traffic. Drivers are asked to please line up in one of the lanes. Students will be called out and loaded into their vehicles. Again, due to COVID-19 restrictions, parents cannot park and come in to get their children.
All traffic should exit the elementary line at Ballpark Road.
NOTE: Stop N Go daycare now is located in the back section of the preschool wing, in Room W124. Parents picking up or dropping off students before or after regular hours at daycare only may park in the back lot in front of the football stadium and bring their children in the back door Parents are asked to use the front entrance during times when buses are loading or unloading children (7:15 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., and 2:45 to 3:45 p.m.)
Ballard County Middle School: Classes begin at BCMS are 7:57 a.m., and end at 2:55 p.m. Earliest student drop-off is 7:20 a.m. For morning drop-offs, drivers should use the campus entrance between the Career and Technical Center and the east end of BCMS. Students may be dropped off in the left lane only; student temperatures will be checked as they exit their vehicles. Traffic will exit at the driveway between the west wing of BMHS and the Board office, unless they’re going to the elementary school for additional drop-offs.
For middle-school students only, afternoon pick-ups, drivers should use Vocational School Road, and enter the parking lot beside the sixth-grade wing of BCMS. They will exit via Vocational School Road. Parents with middle- and high-school students should follow instructions for BMHS (below), and the BCMS student will exit out the school’s front door.
Ballard Memorial High School: Classes begin at BMHS are 8 a.m. and end 2:55 p.m. Earliest student drop-off is 7:20 a.m. All student drivers should use the campus entrance between the west wing of BMHS and the Board office. Their temperatures will be checked in the gym before going to class.
All other drivers should use the campus entrance between the CTC and the east end of BCMS. Students may be dropped off in the left lane only; student temperatures will be checked as they exit their vehicles. Exiting traffic will use the driveway between the west wing of the high school and the Board office.
Sullivan said that during bus arrival (7:10-7:40 a.m.) and departure (2:45-3:15 p.m.) times, no external traffic should be on the bus loop road that runs along the back of campus, from the middle school to the elementary school. During those times, there should be no traffic at all traveling from west to east on campus.
For more information, please contact Sullivan at Darrell.sullivan@ballard.kyschools.us, or call 270-665-8400, ext. 2002. 
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