James Bowie High School 2019-2020 Parking Update

This article was updated on August 29th to reflect the opening of Lot A.

We are pleased to announce that the students permitted to park in Lot A, but who have been temporarily parking at Bethany Lutheran Church due to construction, will be able to park in their assigned lot starting September 3, 2019.

For the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year students who opt to drive personal vehicles to school will be restricted to one of three parking lots during school hours.  

  • Lot A (On-Campus Lot)
  • Lot B (Bethany Lutheran Church Lot) 
  • Lot C (Remote Lot located at Westoak Woods Baptist Church) 

For more information please visit, austinisd2017bond.org/bowie-high-school-parking-plan/.

We want to thank Bethany Lutheran Church and Westoak Woods Baptist Church for working with James Bowie High School and allowing students to use these lots throughout the year. 

As a reminder, students must have a parking permit to park in their assigned lot. Anyone that is not permitted to park in one of these lots or who parks off campus on non-AISD property runs the risk of being towed. As of August 2019 no additional permits are available for the 2019-2020 school year. Please note that there are no parking restrictions after 4:30 pm or weekends and holidays.

We expect increased traffic congestion throughout the school year and encourage you to allow additional drive time to ensure a timely arrival. Students are encouraged to walk, ride the bus and/or ride a bike whenever possible. In anticipation of increased bus ridership this year, the AISD Transportation Department will add two additional routes starting Thursday, September 5th to assist with the overcrowding and additional ridership. This will bring the total number of additional bus routes to four. They will continue to evaluate ridership and will send notifications if any more permanent changes occur. Families and students are welcome to call the Transportation Department directly at 512-414-0238 with any questions.

Students and visitors will still be able to use the current process to enter the Bowie Campus via the traffic light on Slaughter Lane and exit via Wolftrap Drive. Effective September 3rd, there will now be an additional exit route that wraps back to Slaughter Lane. When dropping off and/or picking up students, parents should remain in the right lane and keep the left lane clear for thru traffic until the student is out of the vehicle. When drivers are ready to exit the campus, you will merge into the left thru lane and make the choice to either continue straight past the campus towards Wolftrap Drive or loop around Lot A back towards Slaughter Lane. Please make this decision before passing through the main crosswalk at the main canopy entrance. 

In order to accommodate the most cars possible on campus, we ask that you pull up as far as you can before stopping to pick up or drop off your student. Please note that all traffic in front of the campus is one way, but becomes two-way traffic after exiting onto Wolftrap Drive to accommodate for buses and teachers – parents should not use this as an entrance for pick up or drop off.

Please refer to the graphic and drone footage below for more information.

We appreciate your continued support and patience as we work to improve Bowie for our students, staff, and community.