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.