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Keep Parking Permits at Stone Bridge

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After hearing news of removing the parking permit policy for the 2016-2017 school year at Stone Bridge High School, we would like to express our thoughts and beliefs about why this policy should remain in order. We understand the new, first come first serve, approach is in hopes of reducing tardies. However, this change will ultimately do more harm than help.

By eliminating assigned parking passes, it will have many negative consequences causing chaos within the Stone Bridge parking lot. Competition for closer, better spots will cause a greater risk to our student body by:

  1. increasing aggression among drivers
  2. increasing fender benders and accidents
  3. increasing risk for walking pedestrians

By not having assigned spots, drivers will be rushing through the parking lot paying little attention to what is going around them and will only be focusing on locating the best spot available. Without assigned spaces, no one will have knowledge of who is parking next to them in case of accident while trying to park. Some students may even compete with other students for a specific spot. All this aggression will put our student walkers and students drivers walking through the parking lot in more danger. The safety of Stone Bridge should not be compromised and should continued to be deems as a top priority.

Overall, removing the parking permit policy will cause unnecessary chaos. As we can imagine, you will agree that order is needed in our school's parking lot. The assigned spaces have given Stone Bridge's parking lot structure over the past years. Why fix the unbroken? Our current policy has ensured student safety and punctuality throughout the Stone Bridge parking lot.

The $200 parking fee validates a feeling of ease to students that we have a designated space at school for us that we can count on being there. Without assigned spots certain students will not pay the fee. This would be unfair to those who paid the fee by taking away prime parking spots, resulting in illegal parking in our parking lot. Also, not having ensured parking spaces will cause extra stress on students that could be unavoidable.

As you can see the potential effects of changing our seamless policy can cause harm to our school and its students. We only want what's the best for our school. We hope you will take our concerns into consideration and see the negative impacts of what changing this policy has on our students.

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