With the start of in-person learning, many parents are relieved to have the kids out of the house. However, new health safety regulations make in-person learning as much of a headache as virtual learning.

To limit the exposure of COVID-19, Poudre School District has dramatically reduced the number of kids that can ride the school bus to and from school. Fewer kids riding the bus means that more parents need to coordinate getting their kids to and from school. More cars on the roads at the same time causes traffic congestion on Timnath’s roads.

If you are driving your kids to school, add extra time onto your commute to account for the increased traffic level. Remember to drive safely and reduce your speed limit when taking your kids to school. Watch your speeds and make sure to drive slowly in school areas. Keep an extra watch out for pedestrians walking to school. And be patient! Other parents are just doing the same as you are: making sure their kids arrive safely.

Here are some important considerations when you pick up and drop off your kids from school.

General School Safety Reminders:

  • Watch your speeds and make sure to drive at the posted speed limit.
  • Keep your eyes out for pedestrians; parents may drop their kids off and have them walk into school, meaning more kids will be crossing the road at some points.
  • Be patient and always drive safely.
  • Please do not block pedestrian crosswalks with your car.

Timnath Elementary Detours:

  • The narrow two-lane road means there will be changes in how you access Timnath Elementary during drop-off and pick-up times.
    • To access the parking lot, you will only be allowed to turn right into the parking lot from Mainstreet (you will be driving into the parking lot from the north).
      • If you are traveling north on Mainstreet, you will not be able to turn left into the parking lot. Instead, you’ll have to detour further north so you can wait in line with other south-bound cars trying to access the parking lot.
    • When you wait in line to enter the parking lot, make sure you are pulled as far-right as possible off the road.
    • When exiting the parking lot, you will only be allowed to turn right (southbound) onto Mainstreet
      • If you need to head north on Mainstreet, you will need to detour further south a couple of blocks, then safely turn around to go north on Mainstreet. The only exception is for the School Buses.
    • Our Timnath police officers will be at the school to help direct traffic, depending on other calls for service, to ensure everyone is abiding by our routes and staying safe.
    • Make sure to watch your speeds and keep your eyes open for pedestrians.
    • If you are not dropping off your kids, you may consider choosing an alternate route during drop-off and pick-up times.
      • Drop-off times for Timnath Elementary are between 7:00 – 7:30 a.m. and pick-up times are between 2:15 – 2:35 p.m.
      • Drop-off times for Bethke Elementary are between 8:30 – 8:45 a.m. and pick-up times are between 3:15 – 3:30 p.m.

Detour Maps for Timnath Elementary:

Traveling to Timnath Elementary from the South:

Timnath Elementary northbound detour

If you are traveling to Timnath Elementary from the south, please take this detour when dropping off and picking up your kids.

When exiting the Timnath Elementary parking lot, you will have to turn right. If you need to travel north-bound on Mainstreet, this is the recommended detour.