Parking Permits

Student Parking Permits/Driving and Parking at PHS

Parking space at PHS is limited this year, therefore students will receive permits on a first come, first served basis. Please complete all information required on the FeePay site.

  • PSEO students ONLY must bring a copy of their schedule to Ms. Mortenson in the main office BEFORE paying online to ensure that the permit is paid at the discounted rate.
  • Please log into FeePay to purchase your permit:  https://sowashco.feepay.com.

Permits will be available for pick-up in the main office:

  • Monday, August 20/12:00noon-5:30pm
  • Tuesday, August 21/9:00am-3:00pm
  • Wednesday, August 29/3:30-5:30pm

General Information

  • Driving a vehicle to school is considered a privilege, not a right. All persons and vehicles on Park High School parking lots must adhere to the policies described in the District 833 Student Rights and Responsibilities Handbook. Parking passes are sold throughout the school year.

Park High School expects students who drive to school to:

  • Purchase a parking permit annually
  • Display their PHS parking permit on the vehicle's rear view mirror
  • Know the PHS parking rules
  • Adhere to all PHS parking rules
  • Accept the consequences for violations of the parking rules

Park High School reserves the right to:

  • Search a vehicle
  • Tow away or boot a vehicle
  • Suspend student parking privileges
  • Revoke student parking privileges
  • Modify parking rules at any time

PHS Driving and Parking Policies 

Again, driving a vehicle to school is considered a privilege, not a right. At any time, a student may lose that privilege if administration deems necessary. All persons and vehicles on Park High School (PHS) parking lots are required to adhere to the School Board Policy 527 and the PHS Driving and Parking Policies as follows:

  • Staff lots are off-limits to students from 7:00am – 3:30pm on all school days.
  • Student parking on school property is by permit only. Vehicles on school property without a valid and current parking permit will be locked in place with a wheel-boot, subject to towing, and the owner fined.
  • Vehicles must be parked in approved student lots and spaces only (indicated by signs and white lines). Vehicles parked in the incorrect lot will be locked in place with a wheel-boot, subject to towing, and the owner fined.

Vehicle Searches

  • All vehicles parked on school property are subject to search. If school officials determine there is a reasonable suspicion that a school regulation, a law has been violated, he/she maybe assisted by law-enforcement officer. Anything in the student’s vehicle is understood to belong to that student. Students with contraband and/or inappropriate items in their vehicles may be subject to additional school consequences per district policy.
  • Permits must be displayed on the rear view mirror while parked in the school lot. Permits must be clearly visible from outside the vehicle. Failure to do so is a violation and a ticket (fine) will be issued. (Students are recommended to remove the permit from the mirror when driving.) Permits for motorcycles should be brought to the PHS Administrative Office for the day.
  • The permit holder is totally responsible for the vehicle in which the permit is hanging and MUST BE either the driver or a passenger in the vehicle. The permit holder is responsible for the behavior of everyone in the car even if he/she is not present.
  • Permits are not transferable and are not to be resold. Permits may not be forged, altered, or tampered with in any way.
  • Students are not allowed to loiter in or around vehicles once they are on school property. Once the vehicle is parked, students must immediately EXIT the vehicle and enter the school building.
  • Students are required to identify themselves and the occupants of their vehicles when requested to do so by the lot attendant or school district personnel.
  • Students are not allowed to go to their vehicle in the parking lot during the school day without written administrative permission.
  • The speed limit in the parking lot is 10 mph. Careless /Reckless driving is not allowed.
  • Students must adhere to all District 833 and Park High School policies, including the Attendance Policy, Senior Lunch Policy, and Tobacco Policy.
  • Cumulative violations for any member of a single driver permit holder or car-pool permit holder may be cause for permit revocation for all involved students.
  • If a car is parked in the school lot with a license number other than the numbers listed on the permit application, the car will be ticketed (fined) and/or have the wheel immobilized. Violators are not entitled to ‘warnings’ for violations.
  • Cottage Grove police will assist Park High School administration in enforcing parking laws on campus and surrounding streets. All Minnesota motor vehicle laws will be enforced on school property.
  • Tickets (fines) and/or loss of parking privileges may result from violations.
  • Handicap Parking is available to students purchasing parking passes. Along with the student parking pass, the student will also need the handicap pass from the state displayed in their vehicle.

Parking Violations

  • Tickets will be issued daily for parking violations.
  • Violators are not entitled to warnings.
  • Students must pay fines in full in the Administrative Office within 5 days of the violation.
  • Cash or checks are accepted for the payment of fines. Checks should be written out to: Park High School.
  • Students not complying with the District 833 School Board Policy 527 or the ‘Park High School Parking Lot Rules’ will receive a violation.
  • Students who park on snow banks or display careless or illegal driving habits (reckless, speeding, burnouts) will also receive a violation.
  • Students violating Minnesota Motor Vehicle Laws on school property will be referred to the Cottage Grove Police. Student parking permits will be revoked.
  • Independent School District 833 is not responsible for vandalism, injury or theft of items in the school parking lots. Drivers should lock motor vehicles when parked at PHS.
  • Please note that PHS reserves the right to assign violations to student drivers for situations not listed on this website.
  • Students who do not pay their fines within 5 days will be required to meet with a school administrator and arrange for the payment.

Driving/Parking Consequences Matrix

  • Cumulative violations for any parking permit holder may range from a warning to permit revocation.
  • Students must adhere to all District 833 and Park High School policies, including the Attendance Policy, Senior Lunch Policy, and Tobacco Policy.
  • Consequences may include the following:
  • Warning
  • Parking suspension for days up to trimester
  • Permit revoked with prorated parking fee refund
  • Permit revoked without prorated refund
  • Referral to School Administration
  • Out of school suspension
  • Immobilizing boot placed on vehicle and fine of $25.00
  • Referral to law enforcement
  • Vehicle towed at owner expense.
  • Please note that PHS reserves the right to assign violations to student drivers for situations not listed on this website.

Parking Pass Eligibility

  • Every student must purchase his or her own parking permit.
  • Parking permits may be suspended for students who receive detention during the school year and do not serve them by the deadline.

Purchase Online
Go to www.sowashco.feepay.com  to complete a parking permit application and make your payment. If you are having difficulty with the FeePay website, please see the helpful hints below:

Fee Pay Troubleshooting Guide

  • If this is your first time in the system, parents should create an account
  • Families that qualify for free or reduced lunches may qualify for reduced fees for certain activities (does not apply to parking permits). Families must click the yes box when they first create the account for this to be in the system.
  • Add students to the account and attach to district using their student ID# (found in the Parent Portal).
  • Click on Activities (upper left hand corner)
  • A list of sports/activities will appear – the parking permit form selections will be as follows:
  • Search for ‘2018-19 PHS Parking Permit'
  • Click on the appropriate form
  • Complete and submit the form
  • Check out – Click on cart in right hand corner
  • Click ‘Process’
  • Payment can be made via credit card.
  • Bring your complete Online Payment Receipt from FeePay & a valid Driver's License to the main office to receive your parking pass.

Parking Permit Cost & Refunds

Full year permits:

  • $120
  • $60 PHS PSEO students (must bring school schedule and ID to Ms. Mortenson in the Main Office prior to purchase.
  • Daily parking permits will be issued at the rate of $3.00 per day. Daily permits may be purchased through the Accounts Office (in main office) upon arrival each day. Students will need to provide the make, model, and color of their car and the license plate number in order to purchase the daily pass.

Partial year permit costs are prorated as follows:

  • Trimester 2: $80.00
  • Trimester 3: $40.00

Refunds are prorated as follows:

  • Trimester 1: $120
  • Trimester 2: $80
  • Trimester 3: None