Arrival & Dismissal Procedures


During times when conservative health measures are in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19, alternative arrival and dismissal procedures will be put into place.  The following Arrival and Dismissal Procedures have been developed with the safety and security of all parties in mind.  They will be implemented effective immediately and remain in effect during the 2020 - 2021 school year until a formal notice is sent lifting this procedure.


Arrival & Dismissal:  The SCS Car Line


It is anticipated that the car line will be unusually long for the first week or two of school as we all adjust to these new procedures for arrival and dismissal; however, we also expect that as everyone becomes familiar with the procedures that the process will go much quicker as the year progresses.  With that in mind, you may wish to budget some extra time in the morning and at the end of the day to ensure that you arrive at school on time and are not late for any appointments you may have following the school day, especially at the beginning of the school year.  Please also budget extra time for pick up during inclement weather, as dismissal may take a bit longer when all students are being dismissed from inside the building.


We ask for your patience during this time. Please take advantage of the rare gift of time:  time to connect with your child(ren) in the morning before they begin school and the gift of quiet time to yourself as you wait to pick your child(ren) up at the end of the day.  


Here are some general tips to help ensure that the car line moves safely, smoothly and efficiently for everyone:

  • You will be emailed a sign, displaying your child’s full name and grade, to display when you enter the car line.  Please be sure to print this sign in color.  During the first day of in-person instruction, your child(ren) will be provided with a color-coded sign for your use going forward.  Always have your sign with you.  Should you need a replacement sign for any reason, please contact the school office.

  • Do not leave cars parked and/or unattended on the car line.

 

  • In consideration of our neighbors and to ensure continuous flow in each car line, please do not block driveways on Lorraine Avenue, Bellevue Avenue, or Norwood Avenue or nearby intersections as you wait in line (including the entrance to the school parking lot as it is used by our neighbors as an access route to their parking lot and will also be used for PRE K-3 drop off).

  • Please stay in line.  It is not acceptable to cut in line, create a line parallel to the car line, or permit a student/students to exit/enter a vehicle before arriving at the designated drop off/pick up location.  This is critical for maintaining the safety of all parties.

  • Three car lines will be established and multiple entrances will be used to meet social distancing requirements and expedite the process for drop off and pick up at arrival and dismissal.  Please be sure to ALWAYS USE THE CAR LINE that has been ASSIGNED TO YOUR FAMILY to ensure the safe and efficient arrival and dismissal of your child(re

  • Once your vehicle arrives at the designated drop off/pick up location, ONLY the students should exit the vehicle, except in the case of a younger student needing assistance with a car seat or with gathering/storing his/her belongings.  A designated staff member or volunteer will greet your child and ensure their safe entrance into the school or return to you.

  • Once your child(ren) has/have exited the vehicle safely at arrival or has/have been appropriately secured in your vehicle at dismissal, please depart promptly to ensure the car line continues to move along in a timely manner.Arrival Procedures


When scheduled for in-person instruction, all students in Kindergarten-8th Grade should plan to arrive at school between 7:50 A.M. and 8:00 A.M., with the exception of students in PRE K-3 and PRE K-4 who may arrive any time between 7:50 A.M. and 8:10 A.M.  Parents/Guardians must electronically submit a Wellness Verification Form for each student prior to dropping off the student (s) for in-person instruction, verifying that each student in their care is well enough to participate in in-school learning (i.e., fever-free without the use of fever-reducing medications for 72 hours or longer, not displaying any COVID-19 like symptoms, and has not been exposed to any verified or suspected COVID-19 positive persons).

  • PRE K-3:  The designated drop off location for students in PRE K-3 is the courtyard in front of the Parish Center.  To access this designated drop off location, all families should enter the parking lot via the entrance on Lorraine Avenue, and park their vehicle in an available spot. Parents and students should exit the vehicle wearing a mask or face covering with all needed belongings (e.g., school bags & supplies) in hand.  The parent/guardian should walk the student to the parish courtyard. There, they will be met by a staff member, who will walk the student toward the Parish Center door. Upon entry into the Parish Center, the student’s temperature will be taken using a touch-free thermal scanner.  Provided a normal temperature reading is obtained (below 99.4 degrees Fahrenheit), students will then proceed to the designated classroom area, while maintaining appropriate social distancing.   Parents/guardians should return to the car after dropping off the student in the courtyard and proceed to exit the parking lot via Lorraine Avenue.  Please note that the afternoon dismissal is at the main school building as described below. 

  • PRE K-4, Kindergarten-4th Grade & 6B:  The designated drop off location for students in Kindergarten-4th Grade and students in 6B is the gymnasium door at the back of the school nearest the Pre K entrance.  To access this designated drop off location, all families should enter the parking lot via the church driveway entrance on Bellevue Avenue and maintain their position in the car line until arriving at the designated drop off location with all parties remaining in the vehicle until it has been indicated by the supervising staff members that it is safe for the students in the vehicle to disembark.  When it has been indicated by the supervising staff members that it is safe for the students in your vehicle to disembark, students should exit the vehicle wearing a mask or face covering with all needed belongings (e.g., school bags & supplies) in hand.  Parents/Guardians should remain in the vehicle at all times, except in the instance that a small child requires assistance to get out of a car seat or collect belongings from the vehicle.  Upon exiting the vehicle, students will be directed to the appropriate school entrance:

  • Students in PRE K-4 will proceed to the PRE K door at the back of the school near the student drop off location where their temperatures will be taken using a handheld thermal scanner upon entering the classroom.

  • Kindergarten students will proceed to the Kindergarten door at the back of the school near the student drop off location where their temperatures will be taken using a handheld thermal scanner upon entering the classroom.

  • Students in 1st-4th Grade will proceed toward the gymnasium door entrance nearest the drop off location, in single file, and maintain social distancing where temperatures will be taken using a tripod-mounted temperature scanner upon entry.  Students with a normal* temperature reading will then be directed to homeroom, supervised en route to ensure social distancing is maintained at all times.

  • Students in 6B will proceed toward the gymnasium door entrance nearest the drop off location, in single file, maintaining social distancing, where temperatures will be taken upon entry using a tripod-mounted temperature scanner.  Students with a normal* temperature reading will then be directed to exit the gymnasium via the door closest to the Science Lab and proceed to homeroom in the Science Lab, maintaining social distancing at all times.   

To exit the car line, parents/guardians should then proceed to exit the school parking lot via Norwood Avenue.

  • 5th Grade, 6A, 7th-8th Grade:  The designated drop off location for students in 5th Grade, 6A, 7th Grade, and 8th Grade is the Main Entrance to the school, located on Lorraine Avenue.  To access this designated drop off location, all families should enter the car line on Lorraine Avenue, moving in the direction of Norwood Avenue, such that the car line forms on the same side of the street as the school building.  Each vehicle should maintain its position in the car line until arriving at the designated drop off location, with all parties remaining in the vehicle until it has been indicated by the supervising staff members that it is safe for the students in the vehicle to disembark.  When it has been indicated by the supervising staff members that it is safe for the students in your vehicle to disembark, students should exit the vehicle wearing a mask or face covering with all needed belongings (e.g., school bags & supplies) in hand.  Parents/Guardians should remain in the vehicle at all times.  Upon exiting the vehicle, students will be directed toward the Main Entrance where their temperatures will be taken using a touch-free tripod-mounted thermal scanner upon entry.  Students with a normal* temperature reading will then proceed to homeroom, supervised en route to ensure that proper social distancing is maintained at all times.

To exit the car line, parents/guardians should continue forward on Lorraine Avenue, toward Norwood  Avenue.


*In the event that an abnormal temperature reading is obtained (99.4 degrees Fahrenheit and above), a designated staff member will be standing by to discreetly take the student to the nurse for secondary evaluation, and appropriate next steps will be determined


Note:  The issue of students in a single family being assigned to multiple drop off points due to grades of the children will be resolved by pre designating a single drop off location for all members of the family.   In most, if not all, cases it is anticipated that the assigned drop off location will be in front of the gymnasium doors nearest Norwood Avenue at the back of the school.



Dismissal Procedures


To maintain social distancing at dismissal, each class will depart from homeroom, accompanied and/or supervised by the homeroom teacher in a pre-established order designed to maintain social distancing between classes and between students within each class.  


Weather permitting*, students in 5th, 6A, 7th and 8th grade will line up outside with their teachers in a designated waiting area, maintaining social distancing requirements between classes and between students within each class.  The staff member assigned to facilitate dismissal will request students to be dismissed by their homeroom teachers from the designated waiting areas as their rides arrive at the designated pick up location at the Main Entrance of the school on Lorraine Avenue.   


Students in 4th Grade will also be dismissed from a designated waiting area outside the school building near the pick up location.  Students in 1st-3rd grade will be dismissed from a designated waiting area within the school gymnasium, while students in PRE K, Kindergarten and 6B will be dismissed from their homeroom classrooms via the door that exits facing the school parking lot.   The staff member assigned to facilitate dismissal at the back of the school will request students to be dismissed by their homeroom teachers from the designated waiting areas as their rides arrive at the designated pick up location in front of the gymnasium door closest to Norwood Avenue.  


Parents/guardians should arrive to pick up their child(ren) at dismissal using the car line ASSIGNED TO THEIR PARTICULAR FAMILY to access the designated pick up location for their children (the same location where drop off occurred during arrival).  As soon as the vehicle enters the car line, parents/guardians should ensure that the color-coded sign displaying their child(ren)’s name(s) is clearly visible from the dashboard.  Upon arriving at the designated pick up location, the student(s) identified on the color-coded sign will be directed to enter their parent/guardian’s vehicle under the supervision of the assigned staff member(s).  Parents should remain in the vehicle except when it is necessary to assist a small child in securing him/herself in a car seat and/or placing his/her belongings in the vehicle.  Once all parties are safely secured in the vehicle, the vehicle should exit the car line according to the preestablished traffic pattern described in the arrival procedures.  



*During inclement weather

  • Students in 5th grade, 6A, 7th and 8th grade will remain seated in their homerooms and will be individually released from homeroom as the staff member supervising and facilitating dismissal at the Main School Entrance identifies their family car in the car line.  As students are released from homeroom, supervision will be provided to ensure that students maintain social distancing in the hallway and stairwell en route to the designated pick up location.

  • Students in 4th grade will join the students in 1st-3rd grade in lining up in the gymnasium, appropriately socially distanced from the other classes and one another.  All students in 1st-4th grade will remain on line in the designated waiting areas until they are personally solicited by the staff member facilitating and supervising dismissal at the designated pick up location in front of the gymnasium door at the back of the school nearest Norwood Avenue. 

  • No matter the weather, students in 6B, Kindergarten and PRE K, will be dismissed from their homerooms using the classroom door that exits onto the parking lot when they are solicited by the staff member supervising dismissal at the back of the school.

Note:  The issue of students in a single family being assigned to multiple pick up points due to grades of the children will be resolved by pre designating a single pick up location for all members of the family (the same location as designated for drop off at arrival).   In most, if not all, cases it is anticipated that the older students will join their youngest sibling on line in the pre designated waiting area.  In every instance, the sending and receiving teachers of these students will be aware of which students will be participating in this alternate arrangement for pick up during dismissal.  


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Thank you for following the car line procedures!

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A Few Other Details to Ensure Successful Pick Up & Drop Off


Walkers

8th grade students with signed parental permission who walk to and from school independently should report to the Main Entrance to enter the school at the beginning of and will be dismissed by their homeroom teacher at the end of the day.

Siblings in Different Grades

The issue of students in a single family being assigned to multiple pick up points due to the grades of the children will be resolved by pre designating a single drop off/pick up location for all members of the family.  In most, if not all, cases, it is anticipated that the older students will join the youngest sibling in being dropped off at/picked up from the gymnasium door entrance nearest the Pre K at the back of the school.

Special Dismissal Arrangements

In the event that you will need to pick up your child prior to the scheduled dismissal time, please contact the school office and your child’s teacher(s) to coordinate your child’s departure.

Hours

Arrival:  School will begin promptly at 8:00 A.M.  Students in Kindergarten-8th Grade should arrive between 7:50 A.M. and 8:00 A.M. to ensure they are on time for homeroom.  Students in Pre K may arrive as late as 8:10 A.M.

 

Dismissal:  The school day ends promptly at 2:45 P.M. 



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