For almost 18,000 children, Monday marks the end of Summer 2015 as Simi Valley public schools open for the first day of school.
The first days and weeks of school bring nerves and excitement to our school sites. They also bring increased traffic and frustration around our campuses and those neighborhoods as parents and their children navigate parking lots and narrow residential streets to get to school. When School of Choice was implemented, many students transferred to schools outside of their immediate neighborhoods, requiring families to drive their children to school, hence the increasing congestion in recent years.
The Simi Valley Unified School District has partnered with the Simi Valley Police Department to offer a public service presentation about traffic concerns around our school sites. The link below will take you to our home page, where the PowerPoint can be found at the top of the page.
SVPD Commander Robert Arabian said his traffic officers will increase patrols in and around school sites during the first few weeks of school.
“The major congestion happens when a parking lot is full and the (driver) just stops (on the street),” he said.
Drivers are not allowed to interfere with the flow of traffic on a street by stopping and waiting to turn into a school’s parking lot, he said, and may end up with a citation if they block traffic.
The link below offer a PowerPoint presentation on traffic safety. The SVPD has asked that parents watch the presentation to understand how the traffic rules apply around campuses.
Besides the presentation, there are several basic dos and don’ts that can help all of us manage traffic around our school sites better and keep our students safe.
- When lined up in a school parking lot to drop off or pick up a child, please move your car as far forward as possible to allow the cars behind to move into the parking lot.
- Obey the posted speed limits.
- Don’t block the sidewalk by stopping your car short of the parking lot. Children walk and ride bikes on the sidewalks and it’s illegal–and dangerous–to block their ability to move.
- Never, ever allow your child to run into the street to jump into your car! The same goes for stopping short of the designated pick up area in a school’s parking lot to let your child jump into the car.
- Learn the school’s parking lot pick up/drop off routine. Every campus has one.
- Listen to the city’s crossing guards and the school’s staff and volunteers who help direct traffic. They are there to protect your children.
- The SVPD is asking that if you approach a parking lot and cannot fully enter it because of other cars, that you circle the block and return, instead of stopping in the middle of the street and waiting for traffic to clear. This might take a few minutes longer, but you won’t run the risk of receiving a traffic citation for blocking other drivers.
- Be patient! Traffic usually lightens as the school year progresses.
- Please be considerate of the homeowners surrounding our schools. Don’t block their driveways or access to their homes.
- Do try to form carpools with other parents to lessen the amount of cars coming to school.
With everyone’s cooperation, we can keep our students safe as they come and go from school.