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'All hands on deck' for students' return to Amador Valley High

PUSD staff, community volunteers keep traffic running smoothly on first morning of school

It was “all hands on deck” for the first morning of class on Monday at Amador Valley High School, where Pleasanton Unified School District staff, community volunteers and transportation professionals helped students and parents safely navigate their way through loading zones and cross intersections as work continued on the parking lot facing Santa Rita Road.

Most of the lot has been out of commission since June, when crews fenced off the area and then began work on installing a solar panel structure and redesigning the parking configuration.

With more than 400 spaces temporarily unavailable for student use, PUSD made arrangements during summer with Tri-Valley Wheels, Black Tie Transportation, Bay Area Traffic Services (BATS) and the city of Pleasanton, and also created a prioritized on-site parking system to avoid traffic snarls around the campus in the morning and afternoon.

Many students biked and walked to school on Monday morning, while others carpooled and were dropped off in front of the school or at designated off-site pickup and dropoff locations. Some rode on the large black shuttle vans and Wheels buses offering free rides with valid student identification. A Pleasanton police officer rode up and down Santa Rita monitoring traffic on a motorcycle, and crossing guards helped keep the peace near the school entrances.

Superintendent David Haglund and Trustee Steve Maher also arrived bright and early to pitch in as traffic guides.

“We were here at 6:15,” Maher told the Weekly. “Old habits die hard.”

Haglund said that he wouldn’t dare miss what he called an “all hands on deck” effort. There were a few hiccups, they said, but overall both were pleased with how smoothly things turned out that morning.

Traffic down the street at Alisal Elementary School didn’t seem to be impacted any more than usual by the work taking place at Amador either. According to one volunteer, some swim meets at the Dolores Bengtson Aquatic Center, where one student pickup and dropoff location is located, have worse traffic backups than what she saw at Amador on Monday morning.

Construction on the Amador parking lot is scheduled to end by mid-October. For more information and updates, visit the PUSD website at http://bit.ly/AVHSTransportOptions.

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