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What's new on Palo Alto campuses this fall?

Original post made on Aug 15, 2014

It's back to school next week for Palo Alto students, and on four of Palo Alto's 17 campuses — Addison, Fairmeadow and Ohlone elementary schools and Gunn High School — new principals will greet the children and teens.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, August 15, 2014, 12:00 AM

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Posted by Concerned
a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on Aug 15, 2014 at 1:17 pm

I would like to see our district address security concerns I our campuses. Many parents and teachers are uncomfortable with the lack of security measures in place to protect our students from Columbine or New Town tragedy. Is this conversation happening? I would like to know that is one of the " new things on campus this year".

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 15, 2014 at 2:50 pm

Last I looked, the calendar says August. Fall doesn't officially start until late September.

Perhaps it is time to remember that school gets out mid Spring and returns mid Summer.

We may be nearing the start of the new school year, but Fall is still a long stretch ahead.

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Posted by Neighbor
a resident of Barron Park
on Aug 16, 2014 at 8:57 am

Students, have lots of fun at school and you'll be sure to do all right, You'll make new friends and learn a lot, explore, make mistakes and learn from it. There are many opportunities later on life, with many repeats, if needed, but only one K-12. Enjoy Yourself.

Without the support of a great team of teachers, specialists, support staff, a successful school year would not be possible. Please help our kids dream, explore, learn, and still be kids. We appreciate your tireless effort!

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Posted by parent
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 16, 2014 at 11:22 am

There are two routes for dropping off students at Paly and they'll both be under construction at the same time. Fing brilliant.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 16, 2014 at 12:17 pm


Unless your student is on crutches, there is absolutely no need to drop them off on the Paly campus. They can walk (at least part way) or use their bike.

If you must drive them part of the way, let them walk from a convenient off campus location, near one of the entrances, preferably on a quiet street so as not to disrupt traffic.

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Posted by parent
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Aug 17, 2014 at 6:57 pm

For any Paly students reading this or parents reading this, there is more information on the Getting to Paly page of the school web site about the changes mentioned.
Web Link

Text is below, but follow the link to see the maps for drivers as well as students who walk or bike:

"Hey Vikings – you will see more construction than ever this school year as we continue to improve our beloved Paly campus. Due to construction happening along the edges of campus, changes to some of our entrances and exits have been made. Student safety is our top priority, so please take a minute to read the important information below and if needed, modify your route into campus.

biking, walking, carpooling,
shuttles or buses 

It is important to use
 commute, as
 the school
times. Please click below for detailed information on your preferred method of transportation."

Links to:
**Access and Circulation Map/Info, August 2014**

Biking and Walking to Paly
Taking Shuttles or Buses to Paly
Driving to Paly

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Posted by parent
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 19, 2014 at 11:34 am

@Resident: you must not be familiar with what Alma&Churchill is like during the morning drop off. That's from prior experience; because of all the construction it's going to be magnitudes worse this year, and having my kid in that frenzy is a downright unattractive. i.e. clearly less safe than before.

Why not use the El Camino entrance? Because getting there requires crossing the tracks, and both Oregon Expressway and Embarcadero are parking lots in the morning. That's it for routes to Paly, besides a parachute.

Not to forget that years of construction are diminishing the educational experience ...

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 19, 2014 at 3:49 pm

Midtown Parent

Yes, very familiar with Alma/Churchill in the morning commute. The problem is all the parents from South Palo Alto driving their kids to school and turning left.

My hint, turn right onto Coleridge and drop off student on the quiet street for a ten minute walk. If you are nervous then teach your student how to cross the street using the light at Churchill with the mega number of students crossing.

Paly is a mega sized school approaching 2,000 students with only 3 entrances. If all parents decided it was safer to drive their kids to school, traffic would be a nightmare.

Thanks to all the independent students who bike and walk to keep the traffic from being any worse.

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