CHAMBERSBURG — A new pickup and drop off policy will go into effect for Chambersburg Area Senior High School students next month. The changes are a cooperative effort between the school district and the Borough Council.
In the past, students waited along Sixth Street on the east side of the school when they needed to be picked up or dropped off before and after school.
This school year the pickup and drop off area will be on Middle Street next to the Chambersburg YMCA. Parking along Sixth Street in the vicinity of the highs school will be limited to residents with parking permits. Pickup and drop off of students on Sixth Street will be prohibited.
The issue was studied by the borough’s parking, traffic and street lights committee, led by Council Member Kathy Leedy. The committee looked at various concepts to ease congestion around the high school.
“The hope,” according to Committee Member Michael Herbert, “was to install any changes over the summer before the first day of school.”
The plan was to relocate much of the activity formerly on South Sixth Street alongside the High School, to Middle Street, closer to the YMCA.
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Middle Street will become one-way southbound from McKinley Street to Garfield Street.
CASD Officials asked for the one-way change for the street, according to Borough Manager Jeff Stonehill.
Council President Heath Talhelm pledged that the borough would watch the area as the new school year begins.
“As a parent of a high school student, I am glad that the Borough is taking action to try to fix this situation,” Talhelm said. “Parents will need to learn where to go and we will work with school officials to help inform them.”
The Chambersburg Police Department will work with the school to move buses, parents, students, and others to the correct location.
“We just want safety for our kids,” Talhelm said.
New street signs will be installed before the first day of school.