SWATARA TOWNSHIP, Pa. (WHTM) — The Swatara Township Police Department with cooperation from the Steelton-Highspire School District created a new traffic pattern on Reynders and Spruce Streets to increase student safety upon arrival and dismissal from school.

Spruce Street is now going to be one way (eastbound and going towards Steelton-Highspire Elementary School) beginning at the Swatara Township line and continuing to Reynders Street.

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Reynders Street is now also one way (northbound) from the Spruce Street intersection and ending at the northern trafficway entrance to the Steelton-Highspire School District Property.

Both streets are posted as “no stopping, standing, or parking zones” and sections of those zones are posted as “tow away zones.”

Parents and guardians are not going to be able to stop along Reynders or Spruce Streets to drop their students off or pick them up. The Swatara Township Police Department and fire police will be posted on Reynders Street to assist with the new traffic pattern and procedures during the first several days of school.

Additionally, parents at Steelton-Highspire Elementary School can no longer drop their kids off anywhere in the parking lot. They must drive up single-file to drop off and pick up their students. There will be constant communication between people inside and outside of the school.

“We’re looking to avoid the parking lot. We want parents to be able to come up in a timely fashion and pick their students up,” said Megan Armstead, Steelton Elementary School principal.

“Every parent will be given a parent pick-up card with their student’s name on it. So when they pull up to the front of the school, they’ll show us their parent pick-up card, we will know that they’re authorized pick ups, and then we will walkie in for the students to come outside. So it should go pretty fast and very smooth,” explained Armstead.

Swatara Township police and designated crossing guards will assist.