Traffic Guidelines/ Drop Off & Dismissal
8th Street is one-way directly in front of the school during morning drop-off and afternoon dismissal. Drivers must maintain awareness of their surroundings, and are expected to follow all traffic laws at all times during drop off and dismissal, including but not limited to the following:
● Smoking is not permitted anywhere on campus property, including both driveways and parking lots.
● Cell phone usage is not allowed while driving in a school zone.
● Children must be properly restrained according to their height and weight.
● All persons in a moving vehicle must wear their seat belt while the vehicle is in motion.
● Please drive slowly and watch for children.
Morning Drop Off:
Our campus doors open at 7:15 a.m. In order to maintain student safety, students are not allowed to wait outside of the building without an adult before this time. Drivers are to remain in the right-hand lane only, and leave the left lane open during drop-off. All students are to be dropped off in the front of the school, and will enter through the main doors. On rainy days, additional doors will be opened to allow quick entry. Cherry staff will be monitoring students and helping them into the building.
There are three options for student dismissal: bus riders, car riders, and walking pick-up. Pre-Kindergarten will dismiss from the back (north side) of the school, and Kindergarten will dismiss from the front (south side) of the school. If you have students in both grade levels, they will dismiss with Pre-Kindergarten. Please be sure that your child’s teacher is aware of how your student is to go home. Changes in transportation must be made in writing by sending a note with your student, emailing your student’s teacher, or by completing the “Change of Transportation” form in the office. Changes will not be made over the phone in order to ensure student safety. Changes will not be accepted past 2:30 p.m.
Bus Riders and Car Riders: At 3:15, the buses will load all bus riders (PK and K) from the back of the campus. Once the buses have exited the driveway, parents may then enter the driveway for dismissal. Please keep your car-tag visible during dismissal for safety purposes, and to make dismissal run quickly and smoothly. Without a designated car-tag, you will have to park in front of the school and come inside to the main office with a photo ID in order to pick up your student. Walking Pick-Ups: Parents will wait at the corner of the fenced playground, and must have their car-tag with them in order to pick up their student(s). Students will be dismissed to their parents at 3:30 PM.
Bus Riders: At 3:15, the buses will load all bus riders (PK and K) from the back of the campus. Car Riders: 8th Street is one-way directly in front of the school during afternoon dismissal. Please keep your car-tag visible during dismissal for safety purposes, and to make dismissal run quickly and smoothly. Without a designated car-tag, you will have to park and come inside with a photo ID in order to pick up your student. Walking Pick-Ups: Parents will wait outside of the front door, and must have their car-tag with them in order to pick up their student(s). Students will be dismissed to their parents after all Car Riders have been dismissed.
Special Circumstances: Students requiring special transportation will be considered individually according to their
needs. Parents should meet with their student’s teacher and the campus principal to make appropriate arrangements.
Always remember that the safety of our students is our TOP PRIORITY. This may mean that drop-off or dismissal takes more time than expected, especially during the first two to three weeks of school. Please be patient, and respect those assisting our children in getting home safely. By the fourth week of school, our goal is to be able to dismiss over 500 students safely in just 30 minutes. Thank you for your understanding and assistance!