By Lauren Broker
With the new policy on parking permits and separated parking lots being enforced, many students are concerned about being unable to park closer to their classes.
Starting September 4th, the school administration began regulating student parking in the staff lot. Through morning announcements they made it clear that permits were required to park in the student lot and that parking in the staff lot would result in a citation.
A major part of the new rule that some students disagreed with wasn’t actually the permits, but the parking lots themselves. “I’m okay with the permits, I think it’s kinda smart because some teachers have to park in the staff lot since their classes are close to that villa,” said senior Pauline Ong.
Teachers themselves have a choice in which parking lot they use, whether it be the staff or student lot. The big issue was the distance from classes to the student lot, the student lot being located in front of the gym while the staff lot being located on the other side of the school by the band room. “I play the cello which is a big instrument and my first period is orchestra. If I were to park in the student lot I’d have to carry it across school every morning, which is more than an inconvenience,” said Ong.
Others objected to the new policy entirely. According to senior Sophie Lam, “I think it’s so stupid because some people’s classes are closer to the staff parking lot, but teachers still get to park in our student lot if their classes are closer.”
Additionally, those who use other modes of transportation faced obstacles in parking as well. “I think it’s stupid because some people can have multiple cars and in my case I drive a motorcycle. Where am I supposed to put my permit without it being stolen?” argued senior Sagar Kanda.
Teachers, on the other hand, viewed the situation more positively. They found that less students in the staff lot made parking easier in the morning. “I understand it,” said ERWC teacher Mr. Stegeman. “It can get difficult for teachers to find parking, especially during second semester when all the seniors start driving. I think that they’re making a big deal about it, that being said it’s gonna all come down to enforcement.”
With the new change, many students will be forced to park in new spaces, and the concern of whether or not the spaces will have protection raises a further issue. “Because of the policy I now have to park at the library. I’m scared for my personal belongings being stolen and my car’s safety,” said senior Stevenson Nguyen.