Dear Students and Parents,
I wanted to give you an update about student parking and dropoff/pickup at BHS for the new school year. There are some important changes so please read this note carefully.
There will be no lottery or parking permits issues this year. All students (seniors AND juniors) may park in any legal parking space on the SCHOOL side of Concord Ave, up to Underwood St. In addition, all students may park in the “jughandle” at the hockey rink, the Underwood Pool lot, and the pool drop-off area on Concord Ave (but avoid the bus stop). You must obey any posted restrictions in these areas (see below regarding dropoff/pickup). You may park on the opposite side of Concord Ave and on side streets but only if you obey posted signs. There is no student parking on the school site.
No parking will be permitted on the following side streets between 7 am and 11 am (THIS TIME IS DIFFERENT FROM LAST YEAR) when school is in session:
- Goden St (below School)
- Oak St
- Orchard St (below School)
- Orchard Circle
- Stone Rd
- Louise Rd
- Emerson St
The biggest change is that the parking areas on Concord Ave are now indicated by striping in the middle of the roadway. DO NOT PARK ON THE CURB OR IN ANY AREA PAINTED WITH CROSS-HATCHING. The lane by the curb is the new bicycle lane.
We urge you to inspect Concord Ave. before school starts in September to get familiar with the new system. New signs indicating parking restrictions are still being prepared but should be ready very soon.
Please car-pool whenever you can. Your fellow residents and planet Earth would love it if you do. We also urge you to include your car license plate and contact information on a list that will be maintained in the BHS office (you can access that form HERE). If there is a problem with the way you have parked, this will give the police a way to get a message to you and hopefully avoid a ticket.
The driveway loop in front of the BHS entrance doors is now available for dropoff/pickup. Parents, this is a safe and convenient option that we HIGHLY recommend. On the school side of Concord Ave, approximately the first 5 car lengths starting at Orchard St are intended for dropoff/pickup. There is no parking in these spaces from 7 am to 9 am and from 2 pm to 3 pm when school is in session. On the opposite side of Concord Ave, the parking spaces between Goden St. and Orchard St. are intended for dropoff/pickup. There is no parking in these spaces from 7 am to 9 am and from 2 pm to 3 pm when school is in session.
AGAIN, YOU MUST USE THE NEW STRIPING AS YOUR GUIDE TO WHERE YOU CAN STOP ON CONCORD AVE. STAY OUT OF THE BIKE LANE!
We appreciate your understanding as we try to accommodate everyone’s concerns on our busy streets near BHS. I will send you updates promptly if there are any further changes to the parking/dropoff/pickup program.
Roy J. Epstein, PhD
Chair, Traffic Working Group—Middle and High School
Member, Belmont Select Board