Solution 4: Start a Carpool

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For as long as there have been kids who need to get places and parents with cars, there have been carpools. Although carpools are relatively simple arrangements, they should nonetheless be put in writing, both because safety is at stake and because there's a surprising amount of room for confusion—and possible conflict—over issues like lateness and whose turn it is to drive.

We recommend a simple written agreement to lay down the rules of the road—things like what will happen in the event of a late pickup, whether snacks are permitted in the car, and of course, that all drivers will carry adequate insurance.

Carpool Agreement

This agreement is between the families listed on the attached information sheets, all of whom agree as follows:

  1. The purpose of the carpool is to transport children between their school (Edison School, located on Redwood Road) and each of their respective homes.
  2. The carpool will begin on September 4, 2009 and end on May 24, 2010, unless we end it sooner by agreement, and will transport the kids every day that school is in session.
  3. In the morning, the carpool will pick up the children in the order that makes the most sense given who is driving; the order will be established by each parent before the first week of school. The first child will be picked up at 7:45 a.m. The plan is to get them to school by 8:20 in time for classes at 8:30.
  4. In the afternoon, all the kids will be waiting outside the school, near the stop sign at the corner of Skyline Boulevard and Redwood Road, within sight of the school personnel assigned to watch the kids after school.
  5. The carpool will meet the kids at 2:55, and will drop them off in reverse order from the morning trip.
  6. We'll rotate driving duties by week. [name of parent] will be the first driver, followed by [list other drivers in order]. Parents are free to trade weeks, or individual days, with other parents, but we'll try to make sure the driving chores stay even.
  7. We all agree to maintain current insurance coverage on our vehicles as required by law.
  8. Any of us can leave the carpool at any time, but we agree to try to give as much notice as possible before ending our participation.

Signature:________________________ Date: ________

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Signature:________________________ Date: ________

Information Sheet for Children's Carpool

Child's Name:____________________________
Address for Pickup:________________________
Parent/Guardian Names:___________________

Parent 1:___________________________
Phone (please put a checkmark by the best number to reach you)
__ Home:__________ __ Work:___________
__ Cell:____________ __ Other:__________
Email:____________________

Parent 2:___________________________
Phone (please put a checkmark by the best number to reach you)
__ Home:__________ __ Work:___________
__ Cell:____________ __ Other:__________
Email:____________________

Name of Parent Who Will Drive Carpool:______________
Drivers' license no.:__________
Car make/model:____________ License plate:_________
Insurance co.:______________ Policy number:_________

Emergency Contact Name:______________________
Relationship to child:__________________________
Best number to reach:_________________________

Child's Physician Name:__________________
Best number to reach:___________________

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