Q: Why do some private schools have school zones and others do not? What or who determines a school zone?
Each road authority determines where school zones are located along roadways under their jurisdiction, as authorized by the State of Oregon Traffic Engineer. Here in Lake Oswego, the City Traffic Engineering Division has been engaged regularly with the Lake Oswego School District and their school zones have been established for many years. Because of that longevity, minimum updating or maintenance is typically all that is required to keep zones as they are.
Private schools often lease buildings and do not necessarily service the immediate area of their operations. They can also move from location to location more frequently, making it harder to establish set school zones. Due to this, the City Traffic Engineering Division may not be aware of private schools in particular locations. Schools like Our Lady of the Lake have an approved Land Use Case for their Traffic Management Plan which justified establishing a school zone. However, private schools can always submit requests for a school zone engineering study to help determine and address the needs identified by the school. This assessment can determine if those needs are justified for the type of traffic control devices requested. Private schools, depending on location and service area, may not need as extensive of a school zone traffic management plan.
— LOPD City Traffic Engineering Division
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