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This month’s column, I want to focus on safe, respectful and efficient arrival and dismissal procedures. I am hoping that you will pay close attention to this information – it is important that we all work together to make sure that comings and goings to school are safe, respectful and efficient.

            ARRIVAL

  1. K – 5 Students can NOT be dropped off to school before 8:25 a.m. Teachers do not begin until 8:25 a.m. and I cannot insure that there will be an adult to monitor students before that time.  Please connect with family, friends and neighbors to find alternatives to dropping off children.
  2. By this time, our students have gotten used to their routines and do not need to be escorted into the building by parents.  Please use the Kiss and Ride line to drop off your child.  Parents do not need to get out of the car. Northeast staff there and in front of the building to welcome and monitor children.
  3. So that Kiss and Ride can proceed smoothly:
    • Teach your child how to unbuckle seatbelts so they can do it themselves.
    • Practice so that children can open and close the door independently.
    • Designate a place in your vehicle where children’s belongings can be positioned for easy retrieval when unloading.
    • Seat children so they may exit the vehicle easily.
    • Unload from the passenger side only.
    • Say “good-byes” as you approach the unloading area.
    • Pull forward as far as possible into the designated Kiss & Ride lane before unloading.
    • Follow the directions and guidance of the teacher on duty.
    • Remember the speed limit on school grounds is 5 mph.
    • Allow additional time on rainy or snowy days.
  4. If, for some reason, you are walking your child in, PLEASE park in the Pick-up Line circle and walk from there. Teachers need to be here by 8:25 (see above bullet) and we need to make sure they have places to park.

 

DISMISSAL

1.     Parents do not need to get out of their cars in the Pick-up Line.  Please pull up so your child can get into your car, buckle up and you can drive off.

2.     So that the Pick-Up Line can proceed smoothly:

·                     Do not get out of your car.

·                     Teach your child how to buckle seatbelts so they can do it themselves.

·                     Practice so that children can open and close the door independently

·                     Seat children so they may exit the vehicle easily.

·                     Load from the passenger side only.

·                     Pull forward as far as possible around the rotary before loading.

·                     Follow the directions and guidance of the teacher on duty.

·                     Remember the speed limit on school grounds is 5 mph.

·                     Allow additional time on rainy or snowy days.

3.     Pre-K parents should not come up the driveway until after 3:15 p.m. Most days, all children are picked up and all K – 5 buses and vans have left by 3:15.  This will alleviate dismissal congestion at the Pick-up Line and where buses are loaded.

 

Finally, I see many of you on your cell phones as you drop off and pick up your children. I encourage you to put your phone down for those few minutes and give your child an encouraging send off in the morning and enthusiastic greeting in the afternoon!  That is sure to make their day – and yours, too!

 

 

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