Newberry Elementary Student Arrival and Dismissal Protocols
In order to keep children safe, and keep drop-off and pick-up as efficient as possible, our School has adopted these protocols. We ask that all caregivers review and follow the protocols in order to contribute to our safe school culture and demonstrate consideration and respect for all. At the end of the day, the children are watching. Please remember you are modeling for them the necessity of following school rules and showing respect for all. Thank you for helping to keep all of our children safe, and to alleviate traffic as much as possible!
Parent Pick Up:
Our goal is always to maintain the safety of our students. If you are leaving your vehicle and walking towards the main entrance to retrieve your child, your child(s) dismissal will be parent pick-up. The procedure for this will be as follows:
- Walk to the courtyard area labeled parent pickup.
- Show your blue panther paw card labeled with your child(s) name and grade.
- A staff member will communicate to the grade level supervising teacher who will then dismiss your child to you.
Morning Drop Off
Child(ren) may be dropped off beginning at 7:10am. Drop off should occur by entering the car circle on SW 15th Avenue. Dropping child(ren) off in the bus circle is strictly prohibited as it is a major safety concern. While in the car pick up line, please pull all the way to the front until traffic is stopped. Child(ren) should have their things gathered and be ready to exit the vehicle as soon as the car is against the curb.
When picking up your child(ren) as a car rider, you will be permitted to do so only by entering the car circle on SW 15th Avenue. It is strictly prohibited to enter the bus circle to pick up any child(ren) as it is a major safety concern. Please also have your ‘car hanger’ with your child(ren)’s name and grade visible, to allow the flow of traffic to continue. You can always contact the front office or your child(ren)’s teacher to receive additional hangers. A staff member will escort your child(ren) to/from your car.
Picking Up Children from School Early:
Children are not released directly from the classroom to leave school before dismissal times. You must come to the office first and sign out your child. Your child will be sent for and released to you.
It is critical that your child is in school every day and on time. Learning begins promptly at 7:45 a.m. and continues through the end of the school day. Early check outs are highly discouraged. Please make every effort to make doctor appointments, etc. after school hours. In the event that it is absolutely necessary for you to check your child out early, please have your picture identification available. Thank you for your cooperation. Again, safety is our top priority.
For safety reasons, the last time you will be able to check your child(ren) out early from the school days are:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 1:20 pm
Wednesday: 12:05 pm
Exemptions to this policy are documented physician appointments, court requirements, or the approval of the principal or assistant.
For the safety of the students, parent/guardian must come to the office in person and sign the check-out sheet. Office personnel will inform the teacher that the student should be sent to the office for checkout. We will not release any student to anyone other than the parents, legal guardians and/ or persons listed on the child’s emergency or pick-up cards. To release a child to any other person, the parent must send written permission.
**Also, when an adult comes to pick up a student, the adult may be asked to present a valid state issued ID before the student is called to the office**
Changes of Dismissal:
Student dismissal changes are to be made through a written and signed note to your child(ren)’s teacher. You may also attach a signed note of transportation change and email it to the front office at firstname.lastname@example.org or fax a signed note to 844-576-2605, which needs to be sent by 1:20pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday or 12:05pm on Wednesday. Teachers and staff will be unable to accept changes of student dismissal via text, email, or any other electronic communication. Due to the difficulty in verifying a caller’s identity, phone changes will not be accepted unless it’s an emergency and with administrative approval.