As the size of our school has grown, it is to be expected that the number of cars in our arrival and dismissal car line has also increased. Many parents who drop off of pick up their children would have noticed this. Given the confined space we have for arrival and dismissal, it is important for everyone to be reminded of our procedures which have been put in place so as to keep our students safe.
We respectfully request that students arrive at school between 8:30 and 8:45 AM.
Students being dropped off by car should be dropped off between the orange cones outside the entrance on Evans Boulevard no earlier than 8:30 AM. Drivers should remain in their cars while students exit on the pavement side of the car. There is a staff member on duty to facilitate this process.
Cars are not permitted to pass each other while in the car line. For safety reasons, it is important that no car pass any other car in the car line. If a parent needs to help a child out of the car, please pull up ahead to the handicapped parking spot.
Students arriving by bus, enter the school through the new entrance on First Avenue.
Dismissal begins at 3:30 PM each afternoon. There are specific dismissal procedures in place for walkers, bus riders, and car riders.
Walkers: As we have over 50 students who walk home, the walkers are dismissed from two exits. Students who live north of the school are dismissed from the new bus entrance on First Avenue. All other students are dismissed from the entrance on Evans Boulevard. An adult will escort all walkers from the school building to the parent waiting area that is demarcated by cones.
Bus Riders: All bus riders meet in the library or cafeteria at the end of the school day. The students sit at tables designated for each bus. As the buses arrive, teachers escort each group of students out of the cafeteria to their respective bus, and ensure that the students board the bus safely. The buses leave from First Avenue as soon as they are loaded.
Car riders: If appropriate arrangements have been made with a teacher or the main office, students may be dismissed as a car rider. If your child is a car rider, please join the car line that forms in the main parking lot by way of Evans Boulevard. It is important that a single car line forms, and that students have easy access to the car from the sidewalk. Students should not be walking around the car to enter. Teachers escort all car riders to their parent’s car. If the last name of the child is displayed on the passenger side visor, this process takes place very quickly. For safety reasons, it is important that no car pass any other car in the car line. If a parent needs to help a child into the car, please pull up ahead to the handicapped parking spot.
All car riders are dismissed to cars in the car line only. As all school buses drive up First Avenue, it is essential that we do not have parents parking on First Avenue at dismissal time. This is at the request of the Upper Providence Police Department.