How to Organize Your School Parking Lot
(& keep students safe!)

Organize Your School Parking LotA common complaint of parents is how frustrating it can be when dropping off or picking up their kids from school. More often than not this is due to improper planning and organization of the school parking lot. As facility managers or maintenance directors, superintendents or principals, this is an important, but a sometimes difficult issue to tackle. Not just for creating a smooth flow of traffic before and after school, but also for the safety of your students and staff. Proper planning and the right tools are essential to creating a well-organized and safe parking lot.


Designating reserved parking and student pick-up/drop-off areas, enforcing safe speeds, creating temporary barriers, and directing heavy traffic, even in inclement weather, will ensure that traffic flows without incident or delays. These steps will also make sure that students, staff, and visitors are safe and reduce liability costs to the school district. Having the right tools and equipment to implement your parking lot strategy will help put your plan into action. That's why we've put together this guide to help you get your parking lot under control this school year.


Clearly designate parking spots and other important areas


Clearly Designate Reserved & Handicap Parking with Aluminum SignsLarge parking lot and directional stencils create high visibility message areas and provide greater traffic control. Popular options for parking lots include parking lines, arrows, handicap parking symbol, designated and reserved parking stencils.


Stencil painting tools for large jobs will come in handy. Choose between the striping wand tool or the paint striping cart. Use the striping wand on stenciling or parking line touch-ups plus enjoy it's lightweight and durable design. The striping cart features steel construction, easy operation, and can store up to 12 cans of paint. Stripe widths the cart provides include 2in. and 4in.


Parking blocks assist in parking lot organization by designating parking spots as well as keeping drivers from pulling too far up onto sidewalks. Choose from solid rubber or plastic materials. Blocks feature night reflective options, and other colors, such as blue for designating handicapped parking spots. The solid rubber parking blocks also allow you to add aluminum parking block signs for additional messaging. Signs measure 32in.W x 3in.H and feature easy screw-in mounting.


Clearly direct parking lot traffic with aluminum parking lot signs. Stock signs are designed specifically for directing school visitors or choose a custom sign to add your own message. Our aluminum signs feature your choice of engineer-grade reflective or high-intensity prismatic reflective sign surfaces, a variety of sizes, and are pre-drilled for easy installation. Signs specific for school parking lots include handicap parking, reserved parking, visitor parking, no parking, student pick-up/drop-off areas, or limited-time parking.


Enforce safe speeds in your parking lot and driveways


Enforce safe speeds in your school parking lot with speed bumpsForce drivers to slow down in your parking lot with solid rubber or plastic speed bumps. Starting at 6ft. long up to 24-1/2ft. long, you can choose lengths that fit your parking lot or driveway. Features and options include night reflective panels, interlocking sectional speed bumps, bolt-down installation on either concrete or asphalt, and add-on end caps.


Control traffic speeds in your parking lot, driveways, and pedestrian crossing areas with aluminum parking lot signs. Post speed limit signs, slow signs, school zone signs, crosswalk signs, or post rules or other parking and traffic flow directions. Our stock signs display messages designed specifically for schools. All aluminum signs feature your choice of engineer-grade reflective or high-intensity prismatic reflective sign surfaces, a variety of sizes, and are pre-drilled for easy installation.

Create temporary barriers in your parking lot with Cone Connectors 

Create temporary barriers to direct traffic efficiently


Delineators are the perfect solution to direct traffic in any parking lot or traffic lanes. Constructed of impact-resistant plastic with reflective striping for high-visibility even at night. For added stability choose from our fillable base or solid rubber base. The design at the top of the post accepts signs, caution tape, or safety chain to create a continuous barricade.


Other barricade options to keep traffic organized or restrict access to specified areas include traffic diverting A-Frames with reflective panels and large A-Frame Barricades. These portable barriers can be filled with water or sand for added stability, are weather-resistant, and are easy to set up.


Traffic cones are made of super flexible PVC with UV fade-resistant properties, built to last even in the roughest weather conditions. You can rely on our parking lot cones for directing traffic flow, organizing parking areas, or restricting access to specified areas. Direct Traffic in Any Weather with Heavy Duty Portable Traffic SignsAdd high-visibility cone signs to increase parking lot safety plus direct traffic by adding our standard cone signs or our new, extra-wide cone signs for additional directions or rules. Cone handles and chain toppers can be added to the top of traffic cones for use with safety chains to create temporary barriers. Other barricade options that can be added to traffic cones include high-visibility tapes, cone connectors, or topper belts.


Clearly direct traffic even in heavy traffic areas and in all weather conditions


Another solution for effective traffic control are all-weather, large size, portable signs specifically designed for school parking lots, sidewalks, and entrances. Popular sign solutions include:

Tip and Roll Sign Stanchions for parking lot traffic control 

    • Tip & Roll Interchangeable Sign Stanchions: main features include an extra-large size, double-sided messages, quick message change-outs, portable roll-away design, withstands all-weather, and weighted for extra stability.


    • Heavy Duty Double Sided Traffic Sign with Base: main features include large size, double-sided messages, quick message change-outs, portable, weighted, easy to transport, interchangeable messages, withstands all-weather, high-intensity reflective sign backing, and includes Safety Orange sign frame.


    • Portable Weighted Signs: main features include high visibility messages, portable, weighted, withstands all-weather, easy transport and set up, large size, and available in Safety Orange, Black or Red sign frames.


    • High-Visibility Weighted A-Frame Signs: main features include easy-to-carry design, double-sided, high visibility, fillable for added weight, withstands all-weather, folding design for convenient storage, large size, and available in Safety Orange or Yellow frames.


    • Interchangeable A-Frame Signs at School Fix CatalogInterchangeable A-Frame Signs: main features include easy transport and set up, interchangeable messages, fillable for added weight, withstand all-weather, folding design for convenient storage, large size, and available in Black or White frames.



Take some time to evaluate the needs of your parking lot and driveways, any possible safety issues, and identify heavy traffic areas. Then make a list of the tools and equipment that would best address these problem areas you've encountered. Create your written plan and get a quote for the equipment you need. If you need help, give us a call at 800-930-6299 and we can help you find the right parking lot equipment for your school today.


We hope you found this guide helpful. To learn more about solutions to common school maintenance concerns, please visit the School Fix® Blog


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