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New afternoon pickup route begins today at HCMS / August 16, 2010
Parents or others who pick up Halifax County Middle School students are reminded that the South Boston Police Department, in cooperation with the school system, is implementing a new traffic pattern for the pickup of students at the HCMS front entrance.

The move was made to increase the safety of motorists driving along US 501, who previously have encountered a long line of motorists waiting to enter the Middle School’s front driveway shortly after 3 p.m. when school ends for the day.

The new pattern does not affect parents as they drop their children off in the mornings at the beginning of the school day as the southern entrance will be opened during the morning for drop-offs, but closed at 2:30 p.m. with barricades put into place at this time.

According to South Boston Police Chief Jim Binner, the southern entrance to the school will close at 2:30 p.m. and northbound traffic will turn right at the northern entrance into the school’s campus, then travel through the bus parking lot, turn right onto the access road and enter the middle school driveway from the southern entrance.

Parents will also be able to access the campus from the traffic light on Old Halifax Road at Halifax County High School and follow the access road to the main entrance of the middle school.

The northern entrance will be closed at 3 p.m. and motorists will have to use the alternate high school entrance to pick up their children at that time.

Binner asks that residents be aware of the changes in the Middle School traffic pattern and urges them to be patient and mindful of student safety around the campus.

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