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Carpool

Rules and Procedures

DROP OFF

  • Avoid the rush! – Don’t forget that you can drop off your child at 7:30 am on the playground and we will have adult supervision.
  • Two drop off choices – 1) drive through the carpool lane and drop off your child at the curb; 2) park your car in a designated parking spot and drop your child off.
  • The carpool lane is much faster.
  • To keep the flow of carpool drop off going, always pull as far forward as you can before dropping your child off.
  • Your child must get out on the passenger side of the car.
  • Parents need to stay in their car when dropping off their child in the carpool lane.
  • Crosswalks – Please use them when walking through the parking lot – there will be staff crossing guards at each crosswalk.
  • No U turns, please – If you want to park on the west side of Dunkirk, you must go through the parking lot. You cannot make a U turn on Dunkirk.

PICK-UP

  • Elementary school parents – pick up is at 3:30 pm. Please be prompt so that you are at the front of the carpool lane.
  • Middle school parents – pick up is at 3:40 pm. If you’re picking up a child in K-5th with a middle school student, please arrive at school at 3:40 pm. If the weather is too hot or cold, or raining, or snowing, we’ll keep the younger students in the school building as they wait for you to arrive.
  • Two pick up choices – 1) drive through the carpool lane and pick your child up at the curb; 2) park your car in a designated parking spot and walk to carpool to pick them up.
  • The carpool lane is much faster.
  • The lane closest to the curb is for elementary school families and the outer lane is for middle school families.
  • To keep the flow of carpool pick up going, always pull as far forward as you can before picking your child up.
  • Your child must get into the car on the passenger side.
  • Parents need to stay in their car when picking their child up in the carpool lane.
  • Crosswalks – Please use them when walking through the parking lot – there will be staff crossing guards at each crosswalk.
  • No U turns, please – If you want to park on the west side of Dunkirk, you must go through the parking lot. You cannot make a U turn on Dunkirk.

INDOOR RELEASE

On days when the temperature, including wind chill, is below 25 degrees, or when the weather is dangerous or wet, we will use an indoor release system for afternoon pick-up.

  • On indoor release days, we will call out student names over the PA system as parents pull up in the carpool line. One of our staff will radio students names in, and they will be announced over the intercom. When students hear their name, they will go outside to be picked up.
  • We start releasing students at 3:15 on indoor release days (1:45 on Wednesdays). When possible we will notify parents of the indoor release in advance via text or email.

Thank you very much for your patience and understanding as we work together to keep everyone safe!

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