Arrival and Dismissal
Parents who drive children to school may drop them off at the designated PARENT DROP OFF AREA no earlier than 7:20 a.m. We ask your cooperation in pulling forward all the way to the top of the Parent Drop-Off area. Students may not arrive at school before 7:20 a.m. because supervision is unavailable. Bus drivers arriving early wait for a signal from the staff members on duty before unloading students. Walkers who arrive before 7:20 a.m. must wait outside as well. Children arriving after 7:40 a.m. are late and must be signed in by his/her parent or guardian.
Early Student Pick-Up:
Family outings and appointments are best scheduled while school is not in session. However, when it is unavoidable, parents are asked to send a note to the child’s homeroom teacher indicating the pick-up time and reason. When parents arrive for early pick-up, they are to report to the office to sign their child out. The office staff will then notify the child’s teacher of the parent’s arrival and the student will come to the office to meet the parent. Parents are NOT to go to their child’s classroom, as this will interrupt instruction and is distracting to the teacher and students. Teachers have been instructed to wait for a phone call from the front office prior to releasing students for early pick-up. Special arrangements to have children waiting for pick-up in the main office are prohibited. Every moment a student spends outside of his class is instructional time that is lost.
Please note - early student pick-ups are to be conducted prior to 12:00 p.m. Regular parent pickup, for transportation home, is called at 12:05. Early student pick-ups between 12:00 and 12:05 are discouraged and should be avoided. At this time of day, the office is extremely busy and the increased traffic in the main office will create significant delays resulting in extended wait times for parents picking up students.
The instructional day concludes at 12:05 p.m. on regular dismissal days. If there is a change in your child’s regular dismissal pattern, please notify your homeroom teacher by email and call the main office at (908) 823-0454 as soon as possible. If the change affects more than one child, each child's teacher must be notified.
When parents/guardians pick up their child, they should park in the visitors’ lot (side parking lot) and proceed to the main front door entrance. Parking in front of the building entrance, in or around the fire zone, may result in the school receiving a safety violation. Parents arriving for pick-up prior to 12:05 p.m. need to report to the front office. Those students who turned in parent pick-up notes will be released to the main hallway no earlier than 12:05 p.m. Parents will be required to verbally acknowledge to the staff member on duty the release of their child. Your assistance is requested by following the directions of the staff assigned to the parent pick-up station.