CAROLINA FOREST, SC (WMBF) -
Every day, between 2:20 p.m. and 2:50 p.m., Panther Parkway in front of Forestbrook Elementary School is what parents and the school call a "chaotic mess".
A new dismissal policy has parents waiting in line longer, and they're not happy about it.
But Principal David Cupolo says it's in the name of student safety.
In previous years, parents would park and walk to the front of the school where kids and teachers would be waiting outside, but it wasn't organized.
There are more than 900 students at Forestbrook Elementary.
And there was no way for the school to know if the right person was picking up a student.
"There was major safety concern in teachers,
Forestbrook Elementary School Principal David Cupolo says.
It wasn't one teacher, it wasn't two teachers. I had them do an activity, and that was the number one thing they came up with was they did not feel safe at dismissal and they didn't feel safe for their students and they want it to be organized. They were afraid the wrong person was going to get a child."
So, when he became principal this year, parents got a choice: they can park in the parking lot and walk to pick up kids from the gymnasium, or they can pull around to the front of the school and wait in line.
Parents who drive up to the school have an identifier on their car.
They proceed group by group and students are called out in those groups until all the students have been released to their parent, but it takes longer.zz