Parents Upset Over New Pick-Up Rules

By: Cierra Putman
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - Parents' patience is running on empty at Murry Fly Elementary School in West Odessa.

They're ticked off at a new pick-up policy, but on the flip side administrators say it's all about keeping their children safe.

"What normally took 10 to 15 minutes to get your child is now taking an hour to an hour and a half," Odessa Parent, Margarita Alvarvo, said. "Sometimes it takes even longer."

"This year you can't even get out," Odessa Parent, Melissa Griffis, said. "You park here, you're not going to get out because everything is so packed."

Griffis and others want things the way they were before.

New principal Yolanda Hernandez says the old way was too dangerous.

"That was the first thing I did when I came to this campus and I asked what are some things we need to change right now," Hernandez said. "First thing they said was we need to fix the way we pick up and drop off our kids. It's unorganized and too dangerous."

"Yeah, I think so," Odessa Parent, Danny Essary, said. "Because there were a lot of kids running around and a lot of traffic."

Now a teacher escorts children walking home to the crosswalk.

Kids being picked up, wait in the gym until someone can personally walk them to a car or parent.

"It's a lot of confusion inside," Griffis said. "The teachers are not hearing the names being called. Sometimes they call a name eight times."

Hernandez says things improve each day.

"It takes some time to get used to it," she said. "We're cutting the time as for how long it takes to get done each day."

"I think we just need the parents support and patience, I have every confidence it will work and it's all for the safety for the children," Hernandez said. "I feel like it's more organized. It's an organized safe method for the kids and getting safely home."

Griffis and other parent's don't think it's happening fast enough. Ultimately, both sides hope they'll find a fast and safe compromise in the future.