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Page Unified School District Discusses Closed Campus Options

Page Unified School District Discusses Closed Campus Options
January 28
14:34 2016

The Page Unified School District school board held a work session Tuesday night to discuss a topic that is on every student’s radar:  closed campus for lunch.

Page High School Principal Paul Gagnon presented information that he had gathered from students and parents alike about what they think would be the best way to approach the subject.

According to Gagnon, the best route the school should take is to require students be a licensed driver with insurance and registration at the time of signing for a $5 parking permit.

Some suggestions for the parking spots involved numbering them and possibly designating one for the student of the month as an incentive.  One suggestion mentioned letting students customize and color their assigned parking spot.

Other incentives included a bumper sticker, an air freshener, or gift cards to local businesses.

The incentives are planned to be in place by the start of the next school year.

One of the requirements of the implementation involves requiring the students to park in the Cultural Arts Building parking lot.

One board member suggested it wouldn’t be a bad idea to let the students’ park at the city park because they “go in through that way.”

Along with the requirements, Gagnon discussed the consequences a student would face if they violated the parking limitations.

The first violations would result in a written report in the student’s file while the second violation would result in a form of discipline.  The third violation is meant to reflect real world circumstances by issuing a small fine.

The board also discussed some exceptions that would be made such as students with appointments and off-campus classes.

One of the suggestions for the CAB parking lot was to install a swing gate.

For safety reasons, the school board decided that it would be best to offer a four-week driver safety course which would be taught by experts or law enforcement.

Gagnon even proposed a “scared straight” approach to get the students to understand the results of their actions.

The closed campus discussion wrapped up with the decision for Gagnon to authorize a committee to get feedback from students on how to restrict driving privileges.

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