Northwest High School Implements a New Parking Policy

Rory Spahn

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Buses are rumbling through neighborhoods. Students are waking up earlier than they have since possibly June. Parents are grabbing their cell phones to photograph their children in their new clothes. It’s the most dreaded day of the year, the first day of school.

For the juniors in high school, this will be perhaps the most stressful year of their life. College applications, SATs, getting their license, yes. A lot happens junior year.

However, for students who drive to school, this year will be a little different. This year, northwest High school is implementing a new policy on parking.

Parking spots in the lower lot are now numbered, and students receive an assigned spot when they purchase their parking pass.

Officials at the school say this will greatly help the flow of traffic in the morning, but students aren’t so happy. Before assigned parking, students could park wherever they wanted. If they got to school early, they would get a good spot in the front. But with the new policy, if a student is assigned a spot in the back of the parking lot, it doesn’t matter how early they arrive at school. They will have to park in the back.

This has left many students very angry. However, there are pros and cons to spots closer to the front, and spots in the back. In the front, you can get into the building sooner, and from the building to your car faster. But, when it’s time to leave, you better be ready to wait for every single car that got a spot further away than you. If you park in the back, you will have a bit of a walk to the building, but you will get out of your spot faster when you are trying to leave.

If you are driving to school this year, don’t get too upset if you don’t get a spot that you like. Just remember that they all have their advantages.

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