We plan to continue our new dismissal routine until tear’s end. Twenty to thirty cars a day take advantage of pick up in the loop. Parents tell us they like it because they get home 10 – 20 minutes sooner with their child. Bus departures have not been affected.
In order to provide a smoother, faster, and more efficient dismissal at the end of the day, PES is piloting a new dismissal routine. The new dismissal plan encourages walking and also makes car pick-up more convenient for parents by opening up the main loop to personal vehicles at 2:25.
Why are we changing the dismissal routine?
Currently our dismissal routine takes too long. On many occasions, students who walk or are picked up by parents are not dismissed until 2:45, fifteen minutes after the scheduled dismissal. Buses are regularly delayed in arriving, holding up all students. Prior to and during bus dismissal the hallway is usually crowded with parents waiting to pick up their children. During this time the building is not secure; anyone can enter through the front doors.
Under the new dismissal plan, dismissal will take less time, and the building will be more secure. Dismissing children to cars will preclude the need for many parents to wait in the lobby, since car pick-up will be much more convenient. Parents who wish to park and enter the lobby may still do so; they will need to park in the kindergarten loop and check in at the office.
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