Palo Alto police will join their counterparts in Atherton and Menlo Park to patrol students from several local schools taking part in walkouts on Wednesday to protest gun violence, which may affect traffic.
A statement from the Atherton Police Department says that between 1,500 and 2,000 students from Menlo-Atherton High School, Menlo School, and Sacred Heart Prep plan to leave their campuses at 10 a.m. and march from Atherton to El Camino Park in Palo Alto. The students will use Valparaiso Avenue, University Drive, Oak Grove Avenue and El Camino Real, according to the statement.
"Traffic will be heavily impacted on several streets between Atherton and Palo Alto. Take alternative routes to avoid congestion," police said.
Roads may be closed and traffic delayed or detoured, police said.
"The Atherton Police Department, the Menlo Park Police Department, and the Palo Alto Police Department thank you for your attention and understanding as we work to ensure the safety of the students and the public during this protest march," the statement says.
According to Menlo Park interim Police Chief Dave Bertini, organizers of the planned student protest have been in contact with police, and the Menlo Park, Atherton and Palo Alto police departments are working together on a plan to keep students safe during the march.
Inclement weather is expected, he added, so he's planning for the police department to be "on our toes to make sure everyone's safe."
Commuters can expect to last traffic delays from about 10:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the 100 block of El Camino Real due to the student march, police said in an advisory message issued Tuesday night.
Almanac Staff Writer Kate Bradshaw contributed to this report.