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Police stress traffic rules at GHS

August 23, 2018

GREENWICH — When students return to Greenwich High School next week, they will have to do so without their cars.

Student parking at the high school will be prohibited for several days, stretching from Aug. 30 to Sept. 5. Starting Sept. 6, GHS seniors will be able to park with a permit. The delay is to allow for permits to be issued.

Greenwich Police reminded residents of the parking policy Thursday in a statement that also stressed drop-off and pick-up rules at the high school.

Parents are directed to enter GHS through the main entrance and drive behind the building to drop off students by the gym.

“For obvious safety reasons, parents should not drop students off in the street, in neighbors’ driveways, or in other entrances to GHS,” police said in the statement.

GPD officers will be on hand to direct traffic in the morning and afternoon.

Pick-up at the end of the day will also be in the back of the school by the gym.

Residents on Hillside have complained about traffic nightmares caused by parents double- or triple-parking on the street during drop-off and pick-up times.

In May, former GHS Headmaster Christopher Winters sent a letter to parents stating that double-parking on Hillside is not allowed and that police would be ticketing violators. Winters directed parents to use the area in back of the school where he said there is room for a queue of as many as 90 cars.

Student parking in spaces on Hillside Road also has become a focus for the town in the last year. A Board of Selectmen report completed this summer contained several recommendations, including moving all student parking to lots on the GHS campus and making the street spaces open to visitors. The issue is still being studied. A traffic consultant’s report on student parking on Hillside Road is expected to be delivered to the Board of Selectmen on Oct. 25.

The upcoming school year will be the second to have an earlier start time at GHS. Classes will begin daily at 8:30 a.m. and dismissal will begin at 3:15 p.m. However, students will be able to leave earlier if excused. Under a policy put in place in May by former Superintendent of Schools Jill Gildea, the final block of the school day will be an “opportunity block” in which students can work with teachers, do homework, study or, if authorized by the school, leave campus early to meet sports, job or family obligations.

kborsuk@greenwichtime.com

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