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Plowing Schools

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Moonlighter, Dec 7, 2011.

  1. Moonlighter

    Moonlighter Senior Member
    Messages: 643

    Hey guys, I will be plowing some school parking lots this year for another company, I have done commercials and resis for a long time. I was wondering if there are things to looks out for that would be specific to schools?
    I realize at some point there will be buses to contend with, kids and parents.
  2. White Gardens

    White Gardens 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,665

    How's your insurance?

  3. Longae29

    Longae29 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,953

    Most likely you will not be allowed to be there when there are buses, kids, or parents there
  4. snowplowchick

    snowplowchick Senior Member
    Messages: 549

    Yes, don't worry about buses, kids or teachers. If anyone is there, don't plow the site. In a rare case, if it is a daytime snow, perhaps salt the roadways, but don't plow when cars or students are there.
  5. Plow man Foster

    Plow man Foster PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,153

    I've done a couple.... It was kinda cool because we never had to shovel the walks or salt.
    The janitors Shoveled and salted walks
    THe maintenance people Salted the lots

    All i know is the best thing is to get there EARLY Before the Teachers AND ANY students. Usually the teachers get there an hour to an hour and a half before school.

    GET A SITE PLAN!!!!!!!
    without a site plan you will pretty much be f***Ed Because im not sure if you guys have staked but its not worth it! No matter what school Most if not all of the stakes will be pulled before you get there!

    Also if you MUST plow during the day its best to plow after the morning rush but BEFORE school lets out!

    If there are too many cars during the day, do the bare minimum and plow the main Lanes of traffic.
    Last edited: Dec 7, 2011
  6. Moonlighter

    Moonlighter Senior Member
    Messages: 643

  7. Moonlighter

    Moonlighter Senior Member
    Messages: 643

    Thanks guys this is just what I was looking for, I have a need to be very well prepared in what I do. I will make sure I get the site plans this week, so I can go inspect them with out snow cover. There will be a separate crew doing sidewalks with a jeep, and shoveling.
  8. awddsm1

    awddsm1 Senior Member
    Messages: 272

    I've done a local school dist. for 2 years now...

    coordinate where they want the snow piled... can be an issue with kids climbing on the piles at recess, plus visability issues.

    And as the others said, plan on staying clear if there are kids there. Most of the time if it's that bad during the day they'll let school out early, or will call it that morning anyway. If you're still there and kids are arriving, you're screwed. We got in a bind once and were running late, and as soon as parents started dropping off kids, all he!! broke loose... wasn't a thing I could do without being in someone's way. And of course, no one was willing to give an inch to let me finish. Ended up having to come back after school and clean up.
  9. Mr.Markus

    Mr.Markus PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,779

    Not sure if it applies as a sub but it's always a good idea to introduce yourself to the principal or superintendant. I use to plow a school that on paper was "no trucks after 8;00am" a morning daycare started coming in at 6:45am everyday. Big difference in time alloted.
  10. Eronningen

    Eronningen Senior Member
    Messages: 447

    If he is a sub he should NOT be introducing himself to anyone. He needs to deal with his boss/ super
  11. Italiano67

    Italiano67 Senior Member
    Messages: 645

    I would think a prinicipal would have better things to do than to chew the fat with the plow guy.
  12. Moonlighter

    Moonlighter Senior Member
    Messages: 643

    All kinds of good points guys, I would only talk to school officials if they approach my truck.
  13. Antlerart06

    Antlerart06 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,437

    The school I do has to be done and I have be gone by 6am like most others I dont have do walks thats nice One thing is nice there no cars in lot over nite open pushing
  14. MSS Mow

    MSS Mow Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 983

    Totally different around here. If school is in while it's snowing, we're still expected to be there. Of course, most times if it's snowing badly, school is called off. I would most definitely chat regularly with the school personnel, especially the maintenance staff and bus drivers who are most affected by your snow plowing. If they are happy, everyone is happy.
  15. V_Scapes

    V_Scapes PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,070

    A buddy of mine used to plow schools in a bobcat in a very wealthy area around here. he said it was hell when he had to plow the schools when they where open. parents dropping or picking up kids wouldnt pay any mind to him and would block him in or cut him off, not something id want to deal with.
  16. Plow man Foster

    Plow man Foster PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,153

    Lol i dont know why everyone is so scared of plowing a school when its open. Usually it doesnt happen often but if we get 3" while the "kiddys" are in school we come (4 4500's) and plow all the main isles! We plow the whole district so we gotta be on the ball every time! During the hours of 9-1 there are NOOOO kids out! We windrow and push forward as much as we can!
  17. BUFF

    BUFF PlowSite Fanatic
    from FR NoCo
    Messages: 9,057

    Most schools around here have speed bumps, especially the High Schools.
    Along with everything mentioned above.
    The nice thing about schools is when they're closed for weather they typically can take a back seat to other accounts.