Expect traffic jams on Foothill Road this morning as high school closes senior student parking lot

Foothill High 'apologizes' for short notice about using lot for video production

Foothill High administrators are warning student drivers and motorists who travel past the school on Foothill Road that they could face major traffic jams Monday morning because they are closing the senior student lot for the day.

The announcement was made at 5:30 p.m. Friday in an email from the school district office and then on Saturday in Foothill High's "Talon Talk" newsletter. It's not clear, however, if students were notified before they drove away from Foothill Friday afternoon.

The newsletter states that the parking lot used by senior students will be closed all day tomorrow (Monday) so that a video production company can use the lot.

The closure is expected to cause major traffic problems at the school and on Foothill Road during the heavily traveled peak traffic hours Monday morning.

"Everyone should plan ahead for potential traffic jams and a shortage of parking spaces Monday when the senior parking lot will be closed to film an educational video," an unsigned notice in the emailed Talon Talk stated.

"Please allow plenty of time to work around this closure," the Talon Talk report continued. "There will be absolutely no access to the senior parking lot, either for parking or dropping off and picking up students. The lot will be closed from 6 a.m. until at least 12:30 p.m. (Monday)."

School officials advised seniors to park in the junior parking lot.

Foothill's senior student lot will be used to film a safety video produced by the Impact Teen Drivers program and the Driving Safety Foundation. The video is being shot for the U.S. Transportation Department's distracted driving summit to be held Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 in Washington, D.C.

"Foothill has been involved with the Impact Teen Drivers program for several years and is pleased to take part in filming a video that may be used widely as an educational tool to promote teen driving safety," Talon Talk stated.

"We know that Foothill families and students will be impacted by this event," the Saturday notice concluded. "We apologize for any inconvenience and for the brief advance notice."

Impact Teen Drivers is a nonprofit program developed to increase awareness about the dangers of distracting behaviors behind the wheel and to educate teens about how to reduce their risk of being in a crash.

The program uses high-energy materials, including interactive tools, videos and web resources and a viral marketing campaign. Impact Teen Drivers reaches teens on both visual and emotional levels.

The program was founded by the California Association of Highway Patrolmen, California Teachers Association and California Casualty Insurance. The program has been used in California high schools for the past two years.

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Posted by DL
a resident of Danville
on Sep 21, 2009 at 8:27 am

What ever happened to the days when most kids (especially from H.S.) walked to school?

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Posted by Jenny
a resident of Del Prado
on Sep 21, 2009 at 9:27 am


One answer to why parents don't let their kids walk to school is that they don't want their kids kidnapped, assaulted, or hit by a car. California has this nasty habit of letting known kidnappers and sex offenders out of prison so they can do it again.

Whatever happened to the days when most kids rode the bus to school? I continue to marvel at the traffic jams in the Bay Area every school day due to driving kids in cars to/from school. Why is it that Californians "can't afford" school buses when so many other states can? For a state full of environmental wackos, it is comical to see the waste and pollution of driving kids to schools in cars.

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Posted by Another Gatetree Resident
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Sep 21, 2009 at 9:40 am

Jenny -- You DO raise some great points.

In regard to the "nasty habit of letting known kidnappers and sex offenders out of prison so they can do it again" concept -- do you also support the death penalty? If not, you're talking out of both sides of your mouth. California needs to decide if they REALLY want to get tough on crime. If so, be prepared to go the distance in every aspect -- including higher taxes to house the inmates.

I often think we should bring back school buses. IMHO, the real reason they aren't used today is the liability. No school district wants to be sued by every parent with a child on board if the bus is involved in an accident. They've taken the easy way out. Put the crappy driving and responsibility for it on the generally crappy drivers we have here in California -- some of which also happen to be less than stellar parents.

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Posted by parent
a resident of Foothill High School
on Sep 21, 2009 at 10:23 am

In Pleasanton, California, on December 2, 1997, 22-year-old Vanessa Lei Samson was abducted while making her usual morning walk to work. A dark green minivan pulled up beside her, the door opened and she was gone.

Jimmy Deveggio sat in front of Foothill High School looking for a victim but decided there were too many parents around. He drove to the Hacienda Business Park were he found Venessa. She was raped tortured then killed.

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Posted by lyndalu
a resident of Amador Estates
on Sep 21, 2009 at 1:16 pm

To all you who want to know why kids don't walk to school, I'm a parent of a Junior at Foothill and my son drives to school because #1 - We live 4 miles away from the school and #2 - He works after school and needs a way to get from school to work.

Are you all under the impression that all students live within a few blocks of the school?

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Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Sep 21, 2009 at 4:41 pm

Stacey is a registered user.


On Thursday, July 15, 1976 at 4:16 in the afternoon, a school bus full of children was kidnapped from Chowchilla and buried in the ground at a gravel pit in Livermore.

Anecdotal evidence isn't exactly evidence at all. Children die more in car-related accidents.

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Posted by Johnny
a resident of Country Fair
on Sep 21, 2009 at 9:01 pm

Maybe a stupid question but why didn't they just film it on Sunday and then no problem on Monday?

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