Parking Lot Safety

Parking Lot Safety
Posted on 02/17/2020
Parking Lot Safety
Parking Lot Safety & Etiquette

Handicap parking spots, by law, can ONLY be used if you have a handicapped tag. These spots are only intended for students with disabilities (could be a family member’s vehicle) or disabled people who are actually getting out of their car.

We have community members at the Open School that require the use of adaptive equipment for physical disabilities. Loading and unloading equipment takes space that handicap parking spots are designed to accommodate for.

There is a painted crosswalk and caution should be exercised when driving through the entire parking, pick-up, and drop-off areas. Parking in the dirt lot is recommended at high volume times as there is rarely an open spot available in the paved lot. District personnel, school staff, and local law enforcement may be on site to assist with student safety.

 If you are dropping off or picking up your child in the west parking lot, stay in the right lane (for pick-up/drop- off only) and always move forward as far as you can to fill in all available space
 Pick-up/drop-off your child once you pass the crosswalk and disabled parking spots
 Do not block the disabled parking spots
 Never leave your car unattended at the curb (if you need to get out, find a parking space in the lot)
 Once you have dropped off/picked up your child, you may carefully move into the one-way lane to exit the lot
 Always use the crosswalk, when crossing the parking lot entrance with your child
 Parking lot speed is 5 MPH

If you are waiting for a ride in the drop off/pick-up lane, you must stand at the curb, past the disabled parking spots, be alert, and watch for your ride.
 You need to get in the car quickly so that the car can leave the lot and make room for other cars
 You are not allowed to cross vehicle lanes of the parking lot to get to a car
 If your parents park in the lot, you should cross at the crosswalk and carefully walk to the parked vehicle
 Bicyclists and skateboarders MUST wear a helmet and obey all traffic rules for crossing streets in and around the school property

Parents and students are to follow all signage and directives given by school personnel to ensure the safety of children. Please be respectful in following all parking lot procedures.

Remember . . . Lakewood Police Department will strictly enforce traffic and parking regulations in our school zone. This includes:

NO U-TURNS on W 10th Ave
NO PARKING on the south side of W 10th Ave
NO pulling in resident’s private driveways
NO speeding
NO jaywalking
NO cell phone use
NO Aggressive or hostile driving and/or behavior (Remember to practice the ASK principle that we use with our elementary students: is it Appropriate? is it Safe? is it Kind?)
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