As junior Savannah Hoehn walked into soccer practice this morning, she was alerted by a text from her coach. ‘Please move your car from the back lot into the student area,’ it says. Savannah groans, turning right back around to go move her car.
Starting this week, students will no longer be able to park in the back lot of the school, near the athletics building. While students have been allowed to park there since the beginning of the year, safety risks have increased and the administration is getting concerned.
“It’s a safety issue,” Principal Todd Marshall said. “When students leave the back lot and go to exit the school, they aren’t always alert, and don’t see the upcoming busses or cars trying to enter.”
Mr. Marshall understands that back lot parking is easier for student athletes who have practice in the morning, but urges that during school hours, their cars stay in the student-reserved parking lot in front of the PAC.
“It’s all right if you want to come up to school at 6 a.m. to work out, and park in the back lot,” Marshall said. “You just have to make sure that you give yourself enough time to move your car before the start of school. Same thing with after school.”
Students aren’t happy about the new parking restriction.
“It’s really inconvenient,” said junior Delia Tuttlebee, who parks in the back lot before morning soccer practice. “When I’m running late, it usually takes me a minute to change, get ready for practice, and get out to the field on time. Parking in the back lot makes it easier for me to manage my time. If I have to go over to the student lot, it’s so much more hassle and changes my entire schedule.”
Principal Marshall hopes that by having all students park in the same place, things will go smoothly and the school will be safer.
“We have a student parking lot large enough to accommodate all students driving to school,” Mr. Marshall said. “When we follow these guidelines, the flow of traffic during arrival and dismissal is safer and campus security is improved for all students, staff, and parents.”