From the Head of School
As the beginning of the school year approaches and the entry project completes, we are very literally looking down the road to the next generation of traffic flow at Lawrence Academy. While progress has been excellent throughout the summer, stages of completion will take place right through the opening of school, so please observe the following guidelines for both efficiency and safety. The following directions will be contingent on the exact timing of completing the project, so you can anticipate further update as critical dates approach.
For all registration days, beginning this week and continuing the week of 9/5, access to campus will be through the Route 40 (Lowell Rd.) entrance. You will receive further direction regarding parking, drop-off and unloading upon entering the school from Route 40. In addition, until all phases of construction of the new entry and arrival circle are complete, all access to campus will continue to be through the Route 40 entrance. During this construction phase, it will not be possible to have full access to campus through Powderhouse Road, so the section of the road that runs past the Schoolhouse will be blocked.
We anticipate that the new Route 119/Main Street entrance will be complete and fully functional soon after the beginning of classes — between the middle and the end of September. We will provide a clear green light for use of that new entrance when it is open, along with directions for drop-off, transit, and parking protocols. It is important to note that with these new patterns established, eliminating use of Powderhouse Road for parking and traffic will be beneficial for all from the very beginning in creating habits of future use — we have already reinforced these new patterns by eliminating the parking spaces right on the quad.
Thus, beginning presently and even after construction is complete, Powderhouse Road should not be used as a thruway, for drop-off, or for parking: all access to campus and traffic on campus will occur through the new Route 119 entrance and the old Route 40 entrance. Powderhouse Road will remain accessible to emergency and service vehicles, for handicapped access, and to townspeople accustomed to its use for events associated with First Parish Church—but it will not be open for general, LA-affiliated traffic and use.
We will provide further guidance and update on progress as these projects approach and/or reach completion and a very clear indication when the new entrance is open for regular use. Soon these routes will become intuitive, and we are confident (and enthusiastic) that these new patterns will be safe, practical, and appealing.
Head of School