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Enrollment and Parking 19-20

June 6, 2019

Mill Valley Enrollment and Parking Information:

Enrollment

Open enrollment for all MV students will be at the following days and times. All students will verify completion of online enrollment, including athletic registration.  After verification of enrollment and fee payment, students will be able to pick up a preliminary schedule. 

Wednesday, July 31, 2019    8am – 3pm

Thursday, August 1, 2019    1pm – 8pm

Friday, August 2, 2019         8am – 12pm

 

Parking Passes

Mill Valley High School will be issuing new parking passes for the 2019-2020 school year during open enrollment.  Parking passes will be a different color from last year.  All students eligible to park on campus will need to get 2019-2020 parking pass.

This will take place during the Open Enrollment time for MVHS students.  Students will only be allowed to attain their parking pass on the dates and times listed below. Here is how they will be distributed:

  •  Seniors -  July 31st -  8am – 3pm
    • Seniors only.  We will have computers available for students to use at school or you can complete the request online ahead of time using link provided in July (This does not ensure a parking permit.  You will still have to report to school on this date and time with a valid drivers license to get the official parking pass).
  • Juniors  -  August 1st - 1pm – 8pm
    • Juniors only.  We will have computers available for students to use at school or you can complete the request online ahead of time using link provided in July (This does not ensure a parking permit.  You will still have to report to school on this date and time with a valid drivers license to get the official parking pass).
  • Sophomores  -  August 2nd– 8am – 12pm (DO NOT COMPLETE ONLINE APPLICATION AT HOME)
    • Sophomores only.  Students with a valid license as of August 2, 2019 should report to school on August 2 between 8am and Noon with license in hand to enter the lottery.  No early online submissions will be accepted for sophomores.  Sophomore passes will be issued based on the number of spaces remaining and will be randomly selected.
  • Freshman  
    • Freshman will NOT be allowed to park on school property.  

Passes are mandatory for any student wishing to park on school property.  

All students will be asked to provide proof of license at time of getting the pass.

  • Officer Loridon will be at school on these dates to hand out the passes.  
  • It will be required that each student driver have the parking pass hung from their rear view mirror when parked in the parking lot.  
  • The school administration and SRO will be checking for the passes.
  • If a student is in the parking lot without a pass they will receive a school citation, per the student handbook.
  • Students will be asked to park in the MVHS parking lot and also utilize the parking spots that are available to them at MTMS.
  • Students will not be allowed to park in designated staff spots, yellow curbed areas, visitor parking, islands or handicapped parking areas.  
  • Receiving a parking pass for MVHS does not guarantee a parking spot.
  • The pass only grants you access to the school parking lot.

As you recall, problems arose when students who did not drive, requested a parking spot.  If you do not drive, please do not get a pass.

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June 5, 2019

MVHS PARKING COMMUNICATION – #2

Parents, Students and Teachers,  

Thank you again for your patience as I write to address MVHS student parking.   

Knowing these are temporary circumstances, we will all need to be patient as we work through this process. We realize this may cause a burden for some families and we truly wish everyone could drive.  I assure you we have worked very hard to make the best of this important issue.  

After my last email, I received several messages asking a different set of questions with regard to how the sophomore lottery for parking permits will take place.  I have held several meetings and talked with several teachers, administrators and our SRO regarding the process.  It is my intent with this email to answer the most frequently asked questions. 

Based on new questions, some of the sections below have been updated/modified to answer similar and related questions:

Parking Permits

Like the last four years, there will be specific days for students to obtain their parking permits.  Seniors will be first, followed by juniors.  As in the past, if parking spots remain, they will be distributed to sophomores by means of a lottery.  It is possible that not all sophomores will receive a parking permit.  Freshmen, as in the past, are still not allowed to drive and park on campus.

Sophomores will be allowed to enter the lottery on the morning of August 2 if and only if they have proof of a valid license at that specific time.  We will soon send detailed information that will clarify dates and times.  As an example, if 50 students have a valid license and we have 60 spots, then we will not need a lottery and the remaining spots would go to students proving they have a valid license on a first come, first served basis.  If 50 students have a valid license and we have 40 spots, a random lottery will take place. We will communicate dates/times in the coming days.

If parking spots open during the year, which could happen depending on certain construction needs, we will continue distribution of parking permits.

Fairness

While we wish we could consider other variables in terms of a lottery, fairness becomes the major factor.  For example, we cannot base the lottery on athletic/activity participation because it is not fair to those whose primary focus is academics.  In addition, we cannot base participation in the lottery on GPA because it could partially identify students whose GPA fall below a particular mark.  Lastly, MVHS does not charge for individual parking spots.  Therefore, the lottery will continue to be a random process to ensure fairness for all.

Offsite Parking

The district is looking into some alternative parking in the area.  I do not see, at this time, any alternative.  The question was asked about parking in neighborhoods.  That is a decision that only families can make.  Obviously, obeying traffic laws and city ordinances will be the major factor with this personal decision.  MVHS will not interfere with family/city decisions.

Parking Lot Supervision

We do supervise the parking lot as much as possible and students receive tickets and other consequences for not following policy and expectations.  In order for this process to work, we will all have to do our part and follow policy.

Communication

The sophomore lottery will take place on August 2 (more details coming soon).  We will communicate the results on the same day to ensure people can enroll for the discounted school bus transportation rate by August 5 (if you qualify based on the district bus transportation policies).

As stated in the last note, we need to focus on the fact that the positives outweigh the negatives.  We have to work together (carpool, walk when possible, etc.) through this process.  I appreciate all the input I have received and welcome any other suggestions.

We wish you and your family a fun and safe summer.

Mr. Waldeck

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May 21, 2019

Parents, Students and Teachers, 

Thank you for your patience as I write to address MVHS parking.  Knowing these are temporary circumstances, we will all need to be patient as we work through this process. I realize this may cause a burden for some families and we truly wish everyone could drive. 

I have received several messages asking different questions with regard to how the sophomore lottery for parking permits will take place.  I have talked with several teachers, administrators and our SRO regarding the process.  It is my intent with this email to answer the most frequently asked questions.

Parking Permits

Like the last four years, there will be specific days for students to obtain their parking permits.  Seniors will be first, followed by juniors.  As in the past, if parking spots remain, they will be distributed to sophomores by means of a lottery.  It is possible that not all sophomores will receive a parking permit.  Freshmen, as in the past, are still not allowed to drive and park on campus.

Sophomores (at a time right before school begins) will be allowed to enter the lottery if, and only if, they have proof of a valid license at that specific time.  As an example, if 50 students have a valid license and we have 60 spots, then we will not need a lottery and the remaining spots would go to students proving they have a valid license on a first come, first served basis.  If 50 students have a valid license and we have 40 spots, a random lottery will take place. We will communicate dates/times in the coming days.

If parking spots open during the year, which could happen depending on certain construction needs, we will continue distribution of parking permits.

Fairness

While we wish we could consider other variables in terms of a lottery, fairness becomes the major factor.  For example, we cannot base the lottery on athletic/activity participation because it is not fair to those whose primary focus is academics.  In addition, we cannot base participation in the lottery on GPA because it could partially identify students whose GPA fall below a particular mark.  Therefore, the lottery will be random to ensure fairness for all.

Offsite Parking

Lastly, the district is looking into some alternative parking in the area.  I do not see, at this time, any alternative.  The question was asked about parking in neighborhoods.  That is a decision that only families can make.  Obviously, obeying traffic laws and city ordinances will be the major factor with this personal decision.

Again, we need to focus on the fact that the positives outweigh the negatives.  We have to work together (carpool, walk when possible, etc.) through this process.  I appreciate all the input I have received and welcome any other suggestions.

We wish you and your family a fun and safe summer.

Mr. Waldeck

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May 8, 2019

Parents, Students and Teachers,

Our generous community overwhelmingly passed a bond issue to help improve our facilities even more.  With the construction of a new fine arts theater/auditorium, gymnasium, and field house, I am writing to ask for the assistance of all teachers, students and families.  Next school year, we are going to be temporarily disrupted in the parking lot during this process.  Remember the positives, by far, outweigh the negatives! 

First, we are going to lose three areas of the parking lot temporarily (for a year).  Click here for map.  We will lose approximately 94 spots divided among three areas.  These spots will be used for construction equipment staging and construction workers.   How will this impact students?  Like the last four years, we will still have specific days for students to attain their parking permits.  Seniors will be first, followed by juniors.  As in the past, if spots remain, they will be distributed to sophomores by means of a lottery.  Not all sophomores will be able to drive.  Freshmen, as in the past, are still not allowed to drive and park on campus.

Second, entering the building for bus riders will be a bit different.  Students will still enter through the front but they will use different doors.  I will communicate details soon. 

I know it is an inconvenience and there will be other topics that come up.  We will do our very best to communicate early and often.  Thanks again to our wonderful community for this opportunity.  We realize we are very fortunate and we are excited.

Mr. Waldeck