LSSC reminds fans of parking changes
Since the Linton-Stockton School Corporation began following new pick-up and drop-off procedures in October, School Resource Officer Josh Goodman said parents have done a great job acclimating to the new process. But, he has concerns about after-school parking issues.
“Superintendent Nick Karazsia has sent out School Reach messages and emails to parents, but I know that doesn’t reach fans and grandparents and aunts and uncles,” Goodman said.
The school resource officer said he wants to give people another reminder about where they can and cannot park before he has to resort to issuing citations.
“The last thing I want to do is write a ticket to somebody,” Goodman said.
For school-day procedures, Goodman reminded parents to use the loop behind the middle and high school for drop-off. Parents can also drop-off high school students in front of the high school.
Parents should drop-off their young children in the loop behind the elementary school. The alley where parents used to drop-off students is now only faculty parking, aside from a few spots for office visitors.
Parents can also go straight through the four-way behind the elementary school to park and take their young students inside.
After school, the loop behind the elementary school is closed, so parents must park in the lot and pick-up their student from the door marked with their child’s grade level.
Goodman stressed during the school day, there is not parking in either of the bus loops.
“One of the biggest concerns is parking on campus after hours. We are a city school and not out in the country with corn fields people can park in,” Goodman stressed. “So, we have limited parking.”
Goodman said it is important for patrons to follow the new rules put in place in order to avoid hazards or potential traffic accidents.
One of the big concerns Goodman noted is the curb in front of the high school is a fire lane. He said while quick drop-off and pick-up during the school day is fine along the curb, it could cause an issue if someone is parked in the area for an extended period of time during an after-school event.
He also stressed individuals should not park in front of the bus barn behind the high school.
“People think because it’s after school, all the buses are parked for the night, but we always have extra-curricular activities going on,” Goodman said.
He also noted parking is never allowed in the pick-up and drop-off loops behind both the high school and elementary school.
“After 3:15 p.m., you park almost anywhere else in here you want to park. You can park in the bus lane up front ... There’s yellow striping everywhere you can’t park,” Goodman said.
He stressed while many people used to park on the side of the road during sporting events, that cannot be done anymore because those roads now have two-way traffic as opposed to the former one-way traffic.
“Basically, if you’re not in a parking space or parallel in the bus loop after hours, you’re in violation,” Goodman said.
“I know it’s limited, but if we’re out of spaces, you just have to park off campus.”
Goodman stressed while there were a lot of changes to the parking on campus, it is important to remember these changes were made for students safety.
“Last year the lanes in the back were three lanes wide and the kids were literally playing ‘Frogger’ trying to get across the parking lot. Whereas now, student parkers don’t even have to cross any type of lane. They get right on the sidewalk and go to their building. And the pick-up and drop-off in the alley by the elementary used to be chaos with cars lined up, and kids were trying to walk home from school and weave their way through that. A lot of these changes were made to make it safer during the school day,” Goodman stressed.