Blue Zone

Below, please find the information about Blue Zones from the Newton Schools website (http://www.newton.k12.ma.us/transportation/blue.html). The information in red has been added and applies more specifically to Williams.

The city of Newton has created designated drop-off and pick-up areas at many schools in the city. These school drop off and pick up zones have been created and authorized by city ordinance #19-179 and are commonly referred to as “Blue-Zones”. At Williams, there are three areas: the main driveway area in front of the school, and two smaller areas, one on the school side of Grove Street for buses only and one across Grove Street from the school.

School drop-off and pick-up zones were designed to allow for improved traffic flow and safer drop off and pick up of students. School drop off zones are in effect Monday through Friday on days that school is in session. The ordinance specifically states:

  • No vehicle may park in a school drop off zone from 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start of school until the scheduled start of school.
  • No vehicle may park in a school drop off zone from one hour prior to the scheduled end of school until 30 minutes after the scheduled end of school.
  • Vehicles may stop in the school drop off zone during the above restricted times to engage in the dropping off or picking up of passengers, which shall not be permitted for a period of longer than one (1) minute.
  • At Williams, parents are currently allowed to pull into the driveway before dismissal; you should pull as close as possible to the car in front of you. It is illegal for cars to block the crosswalks at either end of this Blue Zone area; no part of your car, even your back tires, can be on the crosswalk. If there is no space in the Blue Zone, you may not stop/park on Grove Street; instead, you must continue past the school and around the block. Depending on the time, it may make sense to pull around and park someplace for a couple of minutes.

Parking is allowed in a school drop off zone outside of restricted times.

For these drop off and pick up zones to work correctly, the following must occur:

  • No vehicles may be parked or left unattended in a school drop off zone during the restricted times. This includes parents waiting for their child to come out of or go into the school.
  • No illegally parked vehicles can be waiting near the school, for example in restricted parking areas, within corners, blocking driveways, bus stops, etc. Parents should not pick up students when double or tripled parked.
  • Students must enter and exit on the sidewalk side of the vehicle.
  • Other parking restrictions around the school area must be enforced. This includes all traffic signs! At Williams, you may not make a left turn from Grove Street into the Blue Zone or a left turn onto Grove Street from the Blue Zone. Also, all children and parents must use the crosswalk when crossing Grove Street.
  • When waiting, please remember to turn your car engine off, and to remain in your car and wait for your child to come to you. If your child cannot buckle the seat belt, please help them to gain this skill, as parents must remain in their cars.
  • Please do not use cell phones while in the Blue Zone, as it can be distracting and dangerous.
  • If you will be using the Blue Zone for pick-up, please ask your children to come right out after dismissal and not to linger in the hallway. You may also want to consider coming to pick up a few minutes after dismissal time, after the rush, and/or forming a carpool to reduce the number of cars using the Blue Zone.

Traffic violations that frequently occur in school zones:

  • Parking a motor vehicle in such restricted areas as “Live Parking Only”; “No Parking”; “School Pick-up/Drop-off Zones” or limited time zones can lead to a $25.00 fine.
  • Double parking is defined as stopping or parking on the roadway side of any vehicle stopped or parked at the edge of a curb or sidewalk. Double parking can result in a $15.00 fine.
  • Crosswalks are those portions of a roadway clearly marked for pedestrian crossing. Stopping or parking in a crosswalk can result in a $25.00 fine. Driving into a pedestrian crossing when a pedestrian is present can result in a $200.00 fine.
  • School Bus Stops are areas of the roadway set aside for the parking of buses only. Unauthorized motor vehicles stopped or parked in bus stops can result in a $15.00 fine.
  • Parking within 20 feet of an intersection can result in a $15.00 fine, and parking within 5 feet of a driveway is illegal and can result in a $25.00 fine.