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Schools brace for DNC traffic troubles

CHARLOTTE, N.C. While traffic congestion is expected on Charlotte roads during the Democratic National Convention, drivers might also hit heavy school traffic on roads that lead to uptown.

Private schools in the vicinity of Sardis, Fairview, Providence and Randolph roads generally hire off-duty Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officers to help direct traffic, but all off-duty officers will be called in during the week of the DNC to help with security, said Officer Jessica Lawrence, a CMPD spokeswoman.

That includes officers who help with traffic and security at places like schools, churches, nightclubs and more.

The department has had discussions with representatives from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, private schools and their traffic coordinators to ensure that critical intersections and locations were covered, said Rob Tufano, a CMPD spokesman. “Officers will also monitor and assess all schools to identify any traffic issues. If any issues are identified, officers will respond accordingly.”

Schools including Providence Day, Charlotte Country Day, St. Gabriel’s Catholic School and Charlotte Christian are in prime traffic spots along routes leading to uptown.

Providence Day School, located off Sardis Road near Rama Road, has set up a 10-step plan to minimize traffic headaches for parents driving students to school starting Tuesday. The school is asking students to arrive no later than 7:30 a.m., and pick-up times for different grades are staggered throughout the afternoon.

“This will be a dynamic environment, and we plan to communicate widely and often with our school community regarding any necessary modifications to these procedures, based on how each day works,” said Karen Brand, the school’s communications director.

Charlotte Country Day, with locations at Carmel Road and Green Rea Road, took a different tack and hired private police to help direct school traffic.

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