BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) - When students in the Bay-Waveland School District arrive back in the classrooms Thursday, parking for high school students may be challenging. Thanks to recent construction delays, the student parking area is only about 65-percent complete, and off limits to all traffic.
School leaders have come up with a parking plan they hope will make finding a spot as painless as possible.
"We currently have three temporary parking lots: two for our faculty and staff, and one for our seniors that we currently have parking applications for," said Bay High School Principal Amy Coyne.
Forty-two parking spots have been created for seniors who turned in parking applications before July 31. Students who failed to do that will not be allowed to park on campus, on nearby streets, or in business parking lots.
"If they do, they may be towed," Coyne warned. "They may also end up losing driving privileges at a later time."
The parent pick-up and drop off area won't see any changes. The Bluemeadow Road loop in front of the school remains the same.
"We have approximately 65 adults who are going to be here at 6:45 to help guide students and parents as they get here," explained Coyne.
She said on the first day of school, students, parents and the general public should expect some confusion and possible traffic delays on and around the campus.
"We just ask that everyone be patient with us and in the end remember this is going to lead to a more safe environment for our kids, and that's the most important thing," said Coyne.
Construction work on the campus parking areas is expected to be finished by the end of August. School leaders say the overall construction project is all about making the campus more secure for the students and teachers.