CAR RIDER AND BUS PROCEDURES:
Morning and afternoon arrival and dismissal are very important times. Please note that we cannot accept any transportation changes over the telephone.
As a school, we use the dismissal change program - PikMyKid. Changes in dismissal should be made in PikMyKid. If you do not have an account with PikMyKid, the setup instructions can be found here:
Communicating dismissal changes in writing with a teacher or given to the office is also advised. We only have the safety of your children in mind. Because of these intentions, we ask everyone to follow certain rules:
Morning Carline Procedures: At the beginning of the year, car line may open as early as 7:00a.m. to accommodate traffic flow in the opening days.
Generally, car line begins in the morning at 7:15a.m. Staff members are not in place to properly supervise students before this time.
Students should not be dropped off on campus prior to 7:15a.m. Children being brought to school by car should be dropped off only in the loading/unloading zone on the EAST side of campus. Children should not exit their car anywhere else during the morning car rider time.
Students should arrive by 7:45a.m. The school day begins at 7:50a.m. Students are considered tardy if they are not in their room by 7:50a.m.
For cars arriving minutes before or after 7:50a.m, staff will still allow access into the building, but students may be asked to get a tardy pass from the office to be admitted to class. Car line will close at 7:51a.m.
A sign will be placed in the car line that closes the three queuing lanes. This sign will remain up through the school day to not allow cars to drive down the lanes where students could be enjoying the outdoors. Once the sign is placed, that closes the car line, parents will need to park and sign their child in through the SERVICE WINDOW located just to the right of the Front Office Entrance. The Service Window saves time for students to check-in efficiently, without parents having to enter the building.
Cars should enter on the EAST side of campus along County Road 54 East. Cars should follow the traffic to the loading/unloading awning. Cars that arrive early, prior to 7:15a.m., may line up in three designated lanes by the loading/unloading canopy. Cars should be placed in “park” with engines off when waiting for children to be allowed to unload. At 7:15, a signal will be given for all children to unload. All three queued lanes will unload. Children should be ready with their items for the day (backpack, lunch, etc.). Staff will supervise all children while unloading. Cars will continue to unload in three queued lanes unless the supervising staff member moves the car line to single lane due to weather or traffic conditions.
Single-lane car line drop-off will consist of a singular car line along the loading and unloading awning. For the carline to run smoothly, please have your child ready to get out of your vehicle when you come to a complete stop in the loading/unloading zone. When your car comes to a complete stop in the loading/unloading zone, students may exit the vehicle. Students should exit their vehicle from the passenger side of the vehicle so that students may walk directly to the sidewalk without crossing in front or behind your vehicle.
No cell phones are to be used in car line for safety reasons.
We are a smoke free campus, and we ask that you refrain from smoking or vaping in car line.
Please observe our rules with the goal of student safety first and efficient traffic flow second.
After students safely exit the car, traffic flow should continue back to County Road 54 East.
PLEASE UNDERSTAND THAT ACCESSING COUNTY ROAD 64 WESTBOUND TOWARD 181 WILL BE DIFFICULT.
TO ACCESS 181 OR ANY OTHER EASTBOUND TRAVEL:
YOU MAY EXIT THE CAMPUS AND TAKE A RIGHT (TRAVELING SOUTH) ON COUNTY ROAD 54 EAST FOR ALTERNATIVE ROUTES TO ACCESS HIGHWAY 181.
TO ACCESS 181, WE SUGGEST TURNING RIGHT (SOUTH) ON COUNTY ROAD 54 EAST, THEN:
- Take Right (West) on Garrett Road
- Take Left (South) on County Road 54 West
- Take Right (West) on Belforest Cemetery Road
- Take Left (South) on Austin Road to Highway 181
TO ACCESS HWY 59 OR ANY OTHER WESTBOUND TRAVEL: PLEASE EXIT THE CAMPUS AND TAKE A LEFT (TRAVELING NORTH) ON COUNTY ROAD 54 EAST. THEN TAKE A RIGHT (TRAVELING EAST) ON COUNTY ROAD 64 TO ACCESS HIGHWAY 59 OR NEIGHBORHOODS EAST OF THE SCHOOL.
Please be prepared in thinking about this for your morning commute. As with all of our operations, we will monitor this closely to see if there is a more effective way to coordinate traffic. With new growth and families, these things take time and patience. Basically, parents of children that live in the subdivision to the immediate East of the school and the subdivisions East of the school on County Road 64, should take a LEFT when exiting our campus from carline. All others should consider being asked to take a RIGHT.
The WEST side of the school is strictly for authorized PRE-K/special needs families, buses, vans, and school personnel until 8:00a.m.
Please do not use the WEST entrance. Directions for special needs drop-off will be communicated by the teacher.
When students exit their vehicle, ALL students will enter the building by walking down the breezeway beside the GYM. Upon entering, students will have staff to guide them to classrooms, the cafeteria, or assist with their needs. Depending upon grade level, students will report to their classrooms and sit outside their room or report to the gym. For breakfast services, students should immediately report to the cafeteria prior to their classroom or gym. Faculty and staff will be assigned throughout the building to monitor and supervise children at all times.
Afternoon Carline Procedures: Our primary focus for afternoon dismissal is safety first and efficiency second. EVERY parent should download the app PikMyKid. PikMyKid pairs each child with a personal transportation identification number, allowing users to manage their child’s dismissal, change their child’s dismissal method, and receive push notifications regarding the status and whereabouts of their child. Any questions regarding PikMyKid may be directed to the “Help” section of PikMyKid. Amber Stepp in the office may also be able to assist at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Afternoon car line begins at 2:50p.m. Once the line is effectively managed, car line should conclude at 3:20p.m. Cars should enter campus from County Road 54 East. The PikMyKid application on your device should now automatically “ANNOUNCE” you are on campus. For those picking up students who may not have the PikMyKid application on their phone, a traditional PikMyKid transportation ID number will be provided to parents. The parent can provide the transportation information to a relative or other designee to allow for student pick up. The safest and most efficient way is to create “designees” through PikMyKid.
Cars should fill the three lanes along the awning. As children are dismissed from their classroom, they will exit the East end of the hallways and go to the car awning to sit on benches in designated areas. Under the awning there is a loading/caution line. Children will be taught to follow the line or stay behind the line and wait before loading. Cars will load approximately 10 at a time at the front of each line. Once children have safely loaded, the line will be dismissed to exit.
No cell phones are to be used in car line for safety reasons. We are a smoke-free campus, and we ask that you refrain from smoking or vaping in car line.