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Elementary Dismissal Procedure

ARRIVAL FOR DCES
 The front door is unlocked at 7:40 each morning; 9:40 AM on a 2-hour delay. Please note that buses drop-off students between 7:45-8:00 AM. Those students, who ride bikes, are dropped off by parents, or walk to school must enter through the main entrance doors. For safety reasons, students may not be in the building prior to 7:40 AM. Upon arriving, students may go to breakfast or report to their classroom. Students who arrive after the school day has begun must have a parent bring them into the building and sign them in.

DISMISSAL FOR DCES
Only students who ride buses home are to exit out the south doors at the announced time. All other students will be dismissed from the front office entrance. Students may not ride home with friends on another school bus nor may they get off on another bus stop other than their own. Walkers will be dismissed after the last car in line has left the drive. Parents who are picking up students are asked to remain in their cars and drive around the circle. The entire dismissal process takes between 5-7 minutes. Each student will be given one identification card, to be placed in the passenger side of the front window. If you have more than one driver who normally picks up your student, you may request additional cards from the front office. By state law, parents are asked NOT to park cars on the red curbed areas. The driveway in front of the school must be easily assessable to emergencyvehicles.


Dismissal Procedures for Car Riders and Neighborhood
Walkers

We are seeing some great improvement regarding student safety for our car riders and  neighborhood walkers.  Parents are doing a great job driving around the circle, remaining in their cars and picking students up at the front doors.   Out of consideration to parents who are waiting in line, we are starting car dismissal at 3:10 and we are usually through the line within 5-7 minutes.  Walkers are dismissed after the last car in line pulls out of the school drive.  This is a much safer approach for our pedestrians.  

In addition, we are now asking all parents who park their cars and walk up to the building, to please wait in their cars until the cars in the line have left the school grounds.  If you do need to enter the building before the official dismissal time, please use the call button and register at the front desk. Official dismissal time is 3:15.  All children will be officially dismissed at 3:15 unless they are being picked up on the circle drive.  If you do park your car, please try to park in an official parking space or down Vine Street.  We have a Camden school bus that is having trouble navigating through the parked traffic in front of our building.  I know some parents will be frustrated over this procedure.  However, please know that student safety continues to be a priority for us. We ask that you respect our request and help us keep all pedestrians safe and limit the amount of people who enter through our school doors.