Status: 21/09/2023, 17:02 p.m.
By: Peter Schiebel
The message of the banners is clear: the bus lane is there for buses, not for stopping cars. ABC marksmen from the Söcking primary school with teachers Birgit Dorfmeister (left), Carina Rappenglück (3rd from right) and Clarisse Haack (2nd from right), headmistress Petra Fromm-Preischl, intern Cinnia Behn (4th from left) as well as Verena Reitinger and Thomas Ott from the parents' council. © Andrea Jaksch
With large banners, the school management, parents' council and the children of the Söcking primary school want to ensure that parents keep the parking bay for the school bus on Kempterstraße free with their cars in the future. Because this is often occupied by stopping parent taxis, dicey situations occur again and again.
Söcking – Anyone who still stands with their car in the bus stop bay in front of the Söcking primary school can probably no longer be helped. Since Tuesday morning, large green banners have been hanging on the fence next to it, pointing out the – already clear – rule that cars have no place in the holding bay. Thomas Ott and Verena Reitinger from the school's parents' council put up the banners. "Unfortunately, letters to parents and WhatsApps have not had the desired success so far," says Verena Reitinger in an interview with the Starnberger Merkur.
When the parent taxis are parked there, the school bus has to stop either at an angle or even completely on the road – which can lead to dicey situations for the children and medium traffic chaos on the already narrow Kempterstraße. "We teachers now avoid driving from the parking lot during closing times. We can't get out anyway," says headmistress Petra Fromm-Preischl, describing the situation.
Appeals to parents to make greater use of the pick-up and drop-off zones on Andechser Straße or at the parish church of St. Ulrich have so far borne little fruit. "The number of parent taxis is the same. That's why I'm glad that the parents' council is taking care of the matter and is committed to the safety of the children," says Fromm-Preischl. The fact that the bus lane is blocked by stopping cars has been "a consistently big issue" for years. The fact that there are still parents who turn from Bismarckstraße to Kempterstraße despite the ban should only be mentioned for the sake of completeness.
What particularly frightens the educator is that the bus supervisor provided by the city at the end of noon would even have to listen to derogatory or outrageous remarks from some parents if they pointed out the regulation to them. "Communication is sometimes a bit difficult," says Petra Fromm-Preischl. That's why it was also important to her that the children of the first three grades, who had just started school, took a look at the new banners to sensitize all parents to the situation.
"There are plenty of other places to let the children out and pick them up," says Verena Reitinger, who has been a member of the parents' council since 2006. For example, the short walk from Andechser Straße to the school through the park is very nice and even suitable for "cross-class group dynamics".
Around 250 children attend the primary school in Söcking, including children from the Franziskusschule, who attend partner classes in Söcking as part of a cooperation. Right next to the school is the municipal Maria Kempter kindergarten, which further increases the morning and midday traffic.