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Parking, Drop-off, and Curb Safety


Download the latest map of the school zone and flier that outlines how we "do" drop-off and pickup at Otis. 


The Otis Traffic Safety Plan has been implemented for the safety of our students, parents and staff. We ask for your patience and good humor during the most congested drop off and pick up times. No one likes to wait in long lines, but taking a short cut at the expense of others only creates a dangerous free-for-all. Please cooperate with us to create a system that helps us all be safe while reducing delays. We as volunteers, parents, and staff thank you for your courtesy and cooperation.


Traffic Flow and Morning Drop Off

* Drivers are asked to only drop off in designated loading zones on Fillmore and High streets. There are AAA sponsored Student Safety Patrols at both locations in the morning. Everyone is asked to “drop and go” in the morning to keep traffic moving. The Safety Patrol volunteers will help students exit vehicles and escort younger children on campus. For Fillmore drop off, please enter from the west. Please do not make u-turns on Fillmore, as it is extremely dangerous. Also, please do not double park on Fillmore to drop-off your students. For High St. please enter from the north. Please be respectful and kind to our Safety Patrol volunteer students and parents.


Afternoon Pick Up

* Everyone is asked to “swing through” the loading zones in the afternoon. The loading zones have a three minute time limit and are marked as no parking areas. Please arrange for your students to be waiting at the curb when you pull up. If they are not there, please circle the block rather than waiting in the loading zones, which prevents other families from picking up their students safely.



* As many Alameda residents know, parking is at a premium at all district schools, and ours is no exception. Otis does not have designated parking areas so street parking is the only option. When parking on neighborhood streets, please do not park in red zones or block driveways. Being good neighbors will go far in building positive relationships with those living close by.


Bicycle Traffic 


* Students riding bikes to school are asked to enter campus safely. Once on campus bikes are to walked to the designated bicycle parking next to the MPR and on Court St. All students please be sure to walk your bikes in crosswalks. It is state law to do so. Please be courteous of students and adults walking to school.




Safety Patrol volunteers are trained fourth- and fifth-grade students who staff the morning drop-and-go lanes. Watch Outlook and Konstella in the Spring for applications to join Safety Patrol, or contact Safety Patrol Coordinator Andrea Beil via Konstella.





The committee includes PTA parents, administrators, neighbors, and faculty and is advised by city public safety officers. Our goal is to work together to make sure Otis is, first, a safe, and second, an efficient, place for students, families, and staff during arrival and pickup at the start and end of each school day. The committee welcomes your input, ideas, and concerns. Watch Outlook and Konstella for posts about meeting times, or contact Safety Committee Chair Don Hull via Konstella





Coming soon!





From the American Association of Pediatrics (AAP) School Transportation Safety

Committee on Injury, Violence, and Poison Prevention and Council on School Health

School-zone improvements … enhance the safety of all schoolchildren whether they walk, bike, take the school bus, or are dropped off and picked up with a passenger vehicle. These measures include marked drop-off and pick-up areas that are separate from school buses, school-zone speed-limit enforcement at 25 miles/hour, development of safe routes to school, and well-trained adult crossing guards. Crossing guards have been effective in improving pedestrian safety and have improved speed compliance and traffic control. The NHTSA issued guidelines for a uniform approach for traffic controls for school areas that were designed to enhance the safety of pedestrians. These guidelines further recommend that a school-route travel plan be developed systematically by school, law enforcement, and traffic officials. A multidisciplinary approach, involving school administrators, parent-teacher organizations, city planners, and law enforcement that includes infrastructure design as well as education of both students and drivers, offers potential to decrease death and injury to children in school zones. The AAP recommends the implementation of measures to improve the environmental infrastructure, including student supervision and crossing guards.