Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

Arrival and Dismissal Procedures
Note: More detailed information is available in the Student Handbook.

We do not offer childcare before school. Playground supervision begins at 8:15 when breakfast opens. If children arrive early, parents/guardians are responsible for supervising them. In inclement weather, the building will open at 8:15 for indoor line-up. At 8:40 a whistle will blow and students will line up on the turf field. Pre-K through 1st grade lines up facing the fence closest to the building. Grades 2-5 line up facing the fence along the playground.

FREE breakfast is available to ALL Ross students every morning. Breakfast begins at 8:15 and ends at 8:40. Parents and caregivers are welcome to attend breakfast. Children should proceed directly to breakfast without stopping at classrooms to put backpacks and jackets away. If children finish breakfast between 8:30 and 8:40, they will join their classmates back outside and enter school at 8:40 with their respective grade level lines. Children should not be sent into the classroom at 8:40 with breakfast brought in from outside school. This includes donuts, muffins, hot chocolate, etc. If you are buying breakfast on the way to school, please plan to arrive early enough for your child to finish eating by 8:40.

Strollers, Scooters, and Bikes
Students must get out of strollers and off of scooters and bikes at the school gate and walk onto the property. This promotes safety and independence. Bikes should be secured on bike racks on R Street and not inside the playground at the fence. Strollers and scooters may be stored along the wall behind the main entrance doors on the alley side of the building.

Morning Line-Up and Entry
The entry bell rings at 8:40, which signals students to move into their respective grade level lines on the field. Teachers will pick students up at 8:40 in order to start the instructional day with the Morning Meeting by 8:45. Students are expected to enter the school with grade level lines and carry their own backpacks and lunches into school. Parents and caregivers should not be following the lines into the coat closets or classrooms. Please say good-bye to your child on the playground and let your child leave you. It is more empowering to your child and creates less of a disruption for other children and teachers.

Late Arrivals
We expect all students to arrive at school on time. It is disruptive to teachers and other students to have students enter the classroom during or after Morning Meeting. Give your child the gift of a smooth transition to the classroom and help develop the important life skill of arriving for work and appointments on time. If your child arrives after 8:45, you must sign the tardy book at the security desk and receive a tardy pass. Your child should then proceed to class without your accompaniment. It is expected that all students can take care of their backpacks, lunches, jackets, and homework folders without parental involvement at the beginning of the school day.

School is dismissed at 3:30. K-5 students are brought outside by teachers and dismissed from the field. PK3-PK4 students are picked up in the classroom at 3:15.

If someone else is picking up your child, we must have the name and contact information of the person collecting your child on file in the main office. We will not release students to persons unknown to us. If you allow your 5th grader to walk home unaccompanied by an adult, please send a note into school.

Early Pick-Up
If you need to pick your child up early, you must sign out at the security desk and inform the main office. Parents who are consistently taking children out of school before dismissal will be scheduled to meet with the Attendance Intervention Team.