LAPD school traffic changes aim to boost safety

The Los Altos Police Department is implementing several changes to increase the safety of students walking and biking to Los Altos High School – which is scheduled to start Monday – and to address neighborhood traffic concerns.

New traffic and student pick-up/drop-off rules:

• No stopping on Almond Avenue in front of Los Altos High. New city signage will emphasize that it is not permitted to stop and drop off or pick up students on Almond Avenue in front of the school.

• The U pass-through (off of Almond in front of the Los Altos High School main library) will be open one way for drop off and pick up 6:30-8:15 a.m. and 1:30-6:30 p.m. Police ask that drivers pull all the way up to create maximum space for pick up and drop off.

As in the past, the student parking lot and the administration parking lot will be closed to drop off and pick up during school hours, 7:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

To make the transition to the new regulations easier and safer, police encourage families to pick up and drop off students in unrestricted parking areas in close proximity to the school campus. Families may also pick up and drop off a block or two from campus in permitted areas to avoid traffic congestion.

Carpool drivers are asked to park in designated spaces on campus. Students who drive to school must have a permit to park in the student lot. Those without a permit may park on Jardin Drive; watch for “No Parking” signage on other streets around campus.

For more information, call the Los Altos Police Department at 947-2770.

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