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Parking and Traffic Safety

With the support of parents, the Issaquah School District Transportation Department, and the Bellevue Police, a set of rules has been established to facilitate pedestrian and automobile traffic in the parking lot. Violators will be reported to the Bellevue Police.

Vehicle Safety

Drop Off/Pick Up at the Curb

Our Parking Lot can become clogged with cars and extremely dangerous. Please view the diagram below.

To ensure student safety during drop off and pick up please:

  • Do not use your cell phone for talking or texting
  • Drive slowly and follow procedures and directions from school staff
  • Only drop off students in the CURBED drop off lane in front of the school
  • Pull all the way forward before letting your student out of your vehicle on the curb side only
  • If you (the driver) need to get out of your vehicle for any reason please park your car in a designated parking spot.

Where to Park:

Visitor and staff parking are clearly marked. Any other unmarked space is open parking. Parents are encouraged to park on the street at times, as parking is very limited in our parking lot.

Buses, After School Vans:

Please see the diagram above. Parents please do not enter the bus drop off areas. After school vans picking up students can coordinate with our school as to where to park for pick up.

Using Side Street Access:

To avoid the parking lot many parents are using side streets and cul-de-sacs around the school. Families living in these neighborhoods ask that drivers be safe, considerate, and above all, PLEASE FOLLOW THE SPEED LIMIT!

Bicycle and Scooter:

Children in grades K-2 may bike to school only when accompanied to and from school by a parent/guardian. Those children in grades 3-5 may ride to school unaccompanied. All children must wear helmets. All children must walk their bicycles off and on the school grounds, using the marked crossings, and are to follow the directions of the school patrol. Bicyclists need to give pedestrians the right of way on the sidewalks. In-line skates, wheelie sneakers, and skateboards are prohibited on school grounds.

Pedestrian Safety:

Walkers should cross at the appropriate crossings and follow the directions of the school patrol. Students are asked to stay out of the neighbors’ yards and to not litter. To provide additional safety, children should walk with other students or adults.


 Supervision is provided by Paraprofessionals and other school staff 15 minutes before the school day begins. Children should not be on school grounds unsupervised before that time. Supervision is provided 10 minutes beyond the dismissal time.

Safety Patrol:

Being on Safety Patrol is an honor for fifth graders; they are selected based on their people skills and sense of responsibility. We ask students, and parents, to please obey their safety directions.

NO Dogs:

Dogs and other pets are NOT allowed on school grounds AT ANY TIME, by Bellevue City Ordinance, for safety and sanitary reasons.

Cougar Ridge Parking Map

Bird Eye Schematic of Cougar Ridge Elementary with Parking Flow and Pick Up Arrows