The parking application will go live on August 1.  

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Driving to school is a privilege, not a right (buses are available for all students within the SMCPS attendance zone.) To be eligible to purchase a parking permit, students must settle outstanding fines and meet student parking guidelines. A valid driver’s license is required before your request for a school parking permit will be reviewed. Students may apply and be granted permission to drive and park a car in the school parking lot. Student cars parked on school premises are subject to search and seizure. SMCPS is not responsible for the vehicle and/or its contents.

  • Parking on school grounds during school hours is BY PERMIT ONLY. Students applying for a permit must meet all other parking requirements.
  • Parking on school grounds without a permit is a $20 fine per incident and will make the driver ineligible for a parking permit privilege for the next marking period.
  • Using another student's permit is a $50 fine for the student using the permit and that student will be ineligible for a parking permit privilege for the next marking period.  The student who gave the permit will lose his/her parking privilege.
  • Repeat offenders may have their vehicle towed at owner's expense.

For Permit Holders:

  • The parking permit must be hung from the inside rearview mirror and clearly visible. Repeated citations for failure to display permit will result in a $25 school fine. 
  • Student parking is RESTRICTED solely to Lot A and Lot B in the student's assigned space. Students will park in their assigned lot and space. Students are not permitted to park in any areas designated for staff or visitor parking.
  • Once a vehicle is parked; it is to be locked until after the driver’s last class. Any student entering or driving a vehicle without permission during the school day (including lunch time) may be subject to a discipline referral and may lose the parking permit. Students who are unlawfully absent from a class (cutting/skipping) or who transports other students who are unlawfully absent from school/class may lose their parking privileges for the school year.
  • Reasonable care and observance of safe driving practices will be expected on campus grounds and at other St. Mary’s County Public Schools. Reckless driving, squealing tires, and any other unsafe driving behavior will not be permitted. Violation may result in loss of parking privileges. Drivers are expected to stop at crosswalks to allow the safe passage of pedestrians.
  • PARKING SIGNS AND REGULATIONS MUST BE OBSERVED. At a minimum, initial violations will result in a warning sticker. Any further violations may result in ticketing/fines.
  • Accidents, thefts and/or vandalisms involving parked vehicles on campus must be reported immediately.
  • Chopticon High School will charge a $50.00 fee to each student who qualifies for a parking permit. If a parking permit is suspended or revoked, the fee is not refundable.
  • The parking permit is non-transferable to other students.
  • Loss of a permit for ANY REASON will result in a replacement charge of $25.00, payable when the replacement permit is issued.
  • Failure to obey the direction of school staff while in or operating a vehicle will result in the loss of driving privileges and the parking permit.



Committing any one of the following infractions may cause you to lose your parking permit:

  • Falling below a 2.0 GPA
  • Must be passing all classes
  • Being absent more than three days per marking period (total 12 for school year) or tardy to school or class more than three days per marking period.
  • Cutting a class and/or being tardy to class or school more than three times in a marking period.
  • Receiving a discipline referral
  • Transferring your parking permit to a person or vehicle which belongs to another student - or making any other attempt to deceive in a parking matter
  • Allowing another student to drive your car on campus
  • Going to the parking lot during school hours without a pass from the grade level administrator or main office. (Athletes may not move their cars from one lot to another until after 3:00 p.m.)
  • Exceeding the 15 mph campus speed limit or violating other campus driving/parking regulations
  • Leaving campus without permission before your dismissal time (this includes during One Hour Lunch)
  • Transporting another student off campus before his/her dismissal time
  • Causing an accident or committing theft or vandalism on campus
  • Being involved - or allowing your passenger to be involved - in “horseplay” on the parking lot including, but not limited to, unnecessary noisemaking (horn blowing, yelling), hanging out of car, passengers on outside of car, driving on surfaces other than driveways. You are responsible for your passengers’ actions/behaviors.
  • Chopticon High School administration reserves the right to revoke your parking permit for infractions other than those specifically stated.