The City of Sugar Land will have a major construction project involving the complete blockage of the two Sweetwater entrances to the parish complex for several months. This project will involve closing off the northbound lane of Sweetwater and Austin Parkway closest to the Church from Stephens Grant to Hwy. 6.
The southbound lane closest to the Ave Maria Center will become two-way. You can imagine the complexity of this plan, as it affects not only St. Laurence, but surrounding neighborhoods and schools. You are asked to look for routes to and from school that will allow you to enter the north driveway off of Austin Parkway (where main campus carpool begins and ends) for arrival and dismissal. This now includes ECC carpool families.
We have been working closely with the city and the parish to come up with a plan that facilitates alternative procedures that ensure the safe arrival and dismissal of our students. Understandably, this will involve complete cooperation from the entire school community in order to cause less disruption to your child’s school day. This project has been planned for quite some time and will take place in several phases. For more details, you can access this link HERE!
We strongly urge you to come up with carpool arrangements and have included a list of neighborhoods HERE in order for you to coordinate with SLCS families that live nearby. I would suggest that you find a common meeting place (i.e. Chick-fil- A parking lot, Starbucks, etc.) along your route and select one person to drive the students in to the school. Look at this as a way of building community! Having fewer cars in our carpool will be the best option in order to start and end school on time. Students will still be counted tardy, so please don’t plan to be late to avoid carpool! We will make adjustments, if necessary once this new procedure has been in place.
We have placed a new video with the carpool arrival and dismissal information on the website. You will need to view this and share it with anyone who may be picking up or dropping off students. Here are a few things that are VERY important in order for carpool to work safely:
Please practice your new route over the break if necessary and make arrangements with families that live near you so that we will all be ready once this construction occurs. Thank you for your patience as we work together to facilitate a workable solution to this temporary inconvenience.