Nightmare on Oak Street: The Infamous Turrill Elementary Parent Pick-Up Line

“Hey, you’re pretty and I’m cute. Together we’d be pretty cute.”

No, it’s not that kind of pick-up line; it is, however, just as cringeworthy.

Looking north on Oak Street toward Turrill Elementary.

I’m speaking of the infamous Turrill Elementary parent pick-up line which, on school-day afternoons, snakes through the lot toward the west and then south down Oak Street and east on Demille. On the highest-traffic days, the line can stretch to the intersection at McCormick Drive.

It’s no secret to Turrill parents that the pick-up process has been a problem for years. Before we transitioned Turrill to a year-round school, it was a proper neighborhood school with a modestly-sized attendance area. Now that we offer this year-round program to students anywhere in the District, there is more car traffic than before.

Thankfully, there’s a solution. The District’s Zero-Tax-Increase School Improvement Bond has earmarked funds to improve the traffic flow on the west side of the school. Were the bond to pass on November 8, more than $200,000 would be allocated to improve traffic flow.

For more information, on the bond, contact Jared Field, LCS Director of Communications, at

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