Car Parking and Traffic
As High School parents and students are aware, there is a Drop Off Area at High School which allows students to quickly and safely disembark from their transport and proceed through the access-protected gates. Should parents wish to park and accompany their children into school, they should take advantage of 2-hour free parking that St Andrews has arranged at Gateway Shopping Mall. Alternatively, the close proximity of our High School campus to the BTS Skytrain stop at Ekkamai really does give our older students an easy and safe way to commute to and from school.
At our Primary School, there is limited parking at the front of our school. Therefore, we have free shuttle buses running frequent routes between Gateway Shopping Mall and Primary School. This makes it very convenient for Primary parents who ride the Skytrain or park at Gateway to use the shuttle bus and avoid the traffic congestion around the Primary School at the start and end of the school day.
Over the long vacation, our school has had ongoing discussions with our local Police Department stemming from the fact that a significant number of parents park in city-designated ‘no parking’ zones on Soi 20 and its sub-sois. This action causes a great deal of traffic congestion and problems for the residents of the local community around our Primary School. The Police have insisted that from the start of this academic year, no parking ordinances will be strictly enforced. If parking is not available in the front of school, parents are strongly recommended to make use of the MaxValu car park where we have negotiated free parking and a regular shuttle bus service to bring parents to and from school.
I respectfully ask Primary parents wishing to bring their children to school in their own vehicles not to park in Soi 20 or remain for extended periods of time with their car engines idling. Please park at MaxValu and come to school to collect your children using the shuttle bus. If we cannot reduce the congestion problems on Soi 20 then we may be instructed by the city to permanently close this gate so that no one will be able to enter or leave the school through this gate.
We will be looking at a range of other alternatives as to how to encourage parents to use the MaxValu parking facilities and possibly have Primary children delivered to parents who are already waiting there in their vehicles. We will be discussing these issues with our PTG and try to find all the best possible solutions to try to reduce the stress of the parking of cars at the beginning and the end of the school day.