How to Navigate Parking Enforcement During a Pandemic School Year

September 10, 2020
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With public parks and schools closed for the majority of this year, most parking regulations for street parking and school zones were put on pause. However, with parks opening up and a new school year now upon us, it’s important to remember that enforcement isn’t a thing of the past and is set to resume despite its suspension during the pandemic. As we head into the school year, officers are ready to strengthen their enforcement strategies within school communities to minimize crowding, ensure seamless flow of traffic and keep students and staff safe.

Since March 18, parking rules and bylaws have been a little more lenient as a result of COVID-19. With parking rules now back in place, increasing signage is essential to keep parkers well-informed and ensure compliance. With larger crowds expected in school zones, having a robust parking management system will also help to safely manage the influx of students, while upholding physical distancing measures. While there's a variety of ways to achieve this, here are some best practices to consider as the school year begins:

1. Allocated pick-up and drop-off

School zones and parking lots can become heavily crowded in the morning as children arrive and in the late afternoon during pick-up times. For elementary schools and high schools, having a clear pick-up and drop-off areas is fundamental to direct parkers and ensure that everyone has a designated spot, even for a short period of time. This improves the flow of traffic, makes way for buses and keeps the roads open for other drivers to safely pass through.

2. Designated parking for staff, students and visitors

Permit parking and gated lots have proven to be an efficient solution for accommodating parkers, especially in schools. More specifically, larger campuses such as colleges and universities are where designated parking becomes even more crucial. Having an automated parking software system will not only create a more seamless parking experience, but it will also help parking managers keep track of the number of vehicles entering their property. Given the sensitivity of the current environment, this is a great way to be vigilant and oversee physical distancing and capacity limits on property.

3. Time-limited parking for parks

In many neighborhoods, public parks and schools are often complementary to each other. That said, you can expect parks to become busier after school hours, resulting in more people, more traffic and fuller lots during rush-hour times. By enforcing time-limited parking around these areas, parkers are likely to become more aware and accountable of the time they spend at the park, while taking physical distancing and limited capacity policies into consideration.

Having a parking software solution in place makes all of these best practices much easier to implement and achieve, in a cost-effective way. If you’re looking to improve parking management within your park or school property, contact SecurePark to learn more about how our cloud-based solutions can help.