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Fall 2023
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To and From Dog Park

Traffic Issues SCHS Is Facing

by
Max Colburn
and
Kevin Ortez
Fall 2023
's Top Story

To and From Dog Park

Traffic Issues SCHS Is Facing

by
Max Colburn
Afternoon traffic line /photo taken by Max Colburn
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Afternoon traffic line /photo taken by Max Colburn

      Traffic at St. Cloud High's car loop has never been a problem, but with part of the car loop being closed off due to the expansion of building three, some have found it hard to navigate. Some administrators might think it’s easy to deal with traffic, while other students and parents find it hard to work around the problem. Nonetheless, here’s everything you need to know about the traffic issue in St. Cloud High's car loop.

      Since school has started students and parents have found it hard to get to school on time due to part of the car loop being closed off and having to go through a specific route. St. Cloud High School's homepage states that students must be in class by “7:10” which sounds fair… until it doesn’t. A student at St. Cloud high, who would like to remain anonymous, says “the car loop gets pretty crowded so I try getting to school as early as I can because I don’t want lunch detention.” Other students agree with this because the last thing anyone wants is lunch detention for something they couldn’t control. Even though students try getting to school as early as they possibly can, some just might not have that option.

      Parents also find it hard to navigate around the car loop due to the sudden change in route from the closed road. They might see a teacher going a different way, get mixed up and follow behind them creating two routes that could clash. One parent, Mrs. Gonzales, states that “It was hard to find my way around at first because there was so much that had changed but it all just depends on the parents who are driving.” This makes sense considering parents of new students might not know the correct route and can end up going the wrong way. Overall, this ends up being hard on the parent who is trying to get their kid to school on time.

      Although students and parents have made claims about the car loop, many administrators don’t agree with the statements they've made. They think it’s possible that the problem is within the students and parents who don’t listen. According to an admin at St. Cloud High, he stated that “It’s especially hard to navigate kids who are crossing with earbuds that can’t hear me”. This makes it hard for him to get students to where they are going on time. The same administrator also states that even though some people might find traffic to be a problem, “It does get better and as time goes people learn how to accustom themselves to the change.”