We were recently asked to share information about what the school needs in terms of information about arrivals and dismissals.
Absences, Late Arrivals, Changes in Dismissal Routines
The rule of thumb for parents is this: whenever there is any change in the usual arrival or dismissal routine for your child, please let us know via the attendance line, a note to the classroom teacher and/or a note for the office staff.
- If your child is going to be late arriving or absent from school, please let us know by leaving a message on the attendance line.
- If your child is going to walk home or to a friend’s house when the usual routine is to take the bus, please send a note to the child’s teacher who will forward it to the office for that day.
- If your child is a bus student, please advise us and if the child is going to walk on some days, and take the bus on other days by writing us a note to keep on file at the office so we can be certain about the routine for each day.
- Students are not permitted to ride a bus other than the one they are assigned to. Students deemed as walkers may not ride a school bus to or from school.
These protocols are very important in ensuring the safety of all students, and to help us respond quickly in the case of an emergency and we thank you for your attention to them.
Kiss and Ride versus Parking Lot
While we encourage students within walking distance to come to and from school on foot, there are a number of students who arrive to school in the morning by car.
When arriving with students in a car in the morning, please do not enter the Parking lots. We ask instead that parents/guardians drive through to the end of the Kiss and Ride lane beside the bus lane. There is a teacher (M. Peltier) at the end of this lane who will greet your child, direct him/her safely across the bus lane to another teacher (M. Bedard). From there students may walk to the yard via either side of the building depending on their entry door. They will encounter two other school staff if they walk down the path in front of the school, and a duty teacher on the yard.
Please avoid driving into the Staff/Visitor parking lot to drop children off by the yellow gates. It is a tight space in which to turn around with no barrier at the school end of the parking lot. There are many students walking through that area to the yard, there may be Nursery School Parents walking in the parking lot with their young children, taking them into the side door of the school. The potential is there for a vehicle to hit a pedestrian, especially a young child who may not be visible. When the snow begins accumulating in the parking, the situation becomes even more hazardous. Using the Kiss and Ride Lane is perfectly safe for the students, and that is the area of the school which is supervised at arrival and dismissal time. The parking lot is not.
Parking in the Staff/ Visitor parking lot to wait for children at the end of the day is equally as hazardous at the end of the day because there is no walkway and students must walk into or across the parking lot where there are moving vehicles. We realize that some may find this request inconvenient; we are asking in the interest of the safety of all.
Thank you for your cooperation and help keeping all of our students safe.