I wish to share with you today some important procedural updates and reminders related to our arrival and dismissal process as we continue to prepare for reopening day.
Morning Arrival (7:45 – 8:15 AM)
As in prior years, parents are invited to participate in the morning drop-off process in either the front or rear parking lots. The traffic pattern will be the same as in the past with cars following a circular route that leads to a designated drop off area. The process will be supervised and guided by members of the faculty and staff without the participation of Safety Patrols.
All parents and students are asked to remain in their vehicle until they arrive at the front of the line. Students will exit from vehicle #1 and vehicle #2, after which they will have their temperature checked and then proceed into the building via the New Breezeway entrance. If there is a concern regarding a student’s temperature, the child will be asked to re-enter the car and the parent will be directed to another parking area for further consultation with our school nurse, Mrs. Snowden.
Students who choose to either walk or ride a bicycle to school are asked to enter the school via the rear entrance of the Old Breezeway (the exterior doors adjacent to the Nurse’s Office) where they will have their temperature checked prior to admittance.
Students attending Extended Day in the morning will also have their temperatures checked as they exit their vehicle. Parents are asked to remain in their cars during drop-off at Extended Day.
Afternoon Dismissal (3:00 – 3:30 PM)
Again this year all parents have been assigned a designated parking area, i.e. the front or rear parking lot. When arriving on campus, parents are asked to remain in their vehicle and to display their carpool number on the driver’s side of their windshield. As there are many new families joining our school this year, all parents are also asked to have a photo ID available.
Parents assigned to the front parking lot may park in either Bay 1 which exits to Route 28/Center Street or Bay 2 which exits to Stonewall Road. Parents are asked to park their vehicle facing the School/Parish Activity Center. (Please note that Bay 2 is now located in the center of the front parking lot. Additionally, the first cars to arrive in Bay I will park on the opposite side of the lot as in prior years. Please see the link below for more details.)
Parents assigned to the rear parking lot are asked to park in the largest section directly in front of the soccer field. After students have entered their vehicles in the “loading zone,” parents may exit to Stonewall Road or Center Street by passing through the church parking lot.
In support of physical distancing, the students will no longer gather in the courtyard or behind the school in preparation for afternoon dismissal. Instead, they will report to the “loading zone” as their carpool number is called. When it is time to begin the dismissal process, a staff member will invite the first row of cars to pull forward into the “loading zone” at which time the carpool numbers will be transmitted to the classrooms. Once the students have reported and safely entered their vehicles, a staff member will motion for the row of cars to exit the property after which the process will begin again with the second row.
Please note that during arrival and dismissal, students will exit and enter from the passenger side of the vehicle. For this reason, please be sure to position car seats accordingly, particularly if your child may require assistance.
All families have been assigned a carpool number. Teachers will be forwarding this information via email today to those families that did not receive their number during the Welcome Home events. This number must be clearly displayed in the front windshield on the driver’s side.
Afternoon Dismissal – Parking Assignments Front Parking Lot – Last Name A – P
- Bay 1 – Park in Bay 1 if you will exit the school to Route 28/Center Street
- Bay 2 – Park in Bay 2 if you will exit the school to Stonewall Road
Rear Parking Lot – Last Name Q – Z
- Bay 3 – All families will park in Bay 3 and can exit either to Route 28 or Stonewall Road
Carpool – Families who share carpool responsibilities will park in Bay 3 in the rear lot of the school regardless of last name.
Extended Day Program
Students attending Extended Day will report to Father Kelley Wing following the conclusion of dismissal. As such, they will not be available for pick-up from the program until approximately 3:30 PM.
In an effort to minimize the mixing of student groups, grade level “pods” have been assigned specific areas in Meeting Room 1 & 2 and Father Kelley Hall. Parents arriving to pick-up their children from the program are asked to notify Extended Day Staff via the exterior doors of these three rooms.
Students attending the program on Monday and Tuesday are reminded to bring a lunch to school. Similarly, kindergartners who will be participating in Extended Day on Wednesday and Thursday will also need to have a lunch.
Should you have any questions about our procedures, please do not hesitate to let us know.