School begins at 8:55 a.m. and runs until 3:25 p.m. On early release Wednesdays; school is dismissed at 12:45 p.m. Students who arrive after 8:55 a.m. must report to the office and receive a tardy pass before going to class. Students who are dropped off by parents should arrive no earlier than 8:45 a.m. There is no supervision for students before that time. Students should arrive between 8:45 a.m. and 8:55 a.m. and enter through the front lobby.
If your child is being driven to school, he/she should be dropped off by the main entrance. To ensure this process runs safely and efficiently, please follow these steps:
a) If you are the first in line, pull your vehicle up to the top end of the sidewalk. This will give room for about 2-3 other cars to pull up behind you, allowing several cars’ passengers to disembark simultaneously. For your child’s safety, he/she should always exit the car on the sidewalk side, and not before your car is pulled up to the sidewalk.
b) Although it is natural for a parent to want to wait and watch their child enter the school, this greatly slows down the process. To keep things moving quickly, pull your car away as soon as possible, making room for those waiting in line behind you.
c) If you must leave your car to assist your child, please park in the lot. Parking in front of the main entrance is against the law, as it is designated “Emergency Vehicle” space.
There is a crossing guard stationed in front of the school on Old Sudbury Road from 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. to assist children who walk and ride bikes in crossing the street safely.
There is a bike stand located in front of the school next to the Flynn Building. Anyone riding a bike to school is to park his/her bike at the stand and not near the school entryway.
Dismissal time is 3:25 p.m. (12:45 p.m. on early Wednesdays). Parents are asked to complete a Dismissal Plan as part of the Back to School Packet in ASPEN that indicates each student's daily dismissal plan. Here you will note if your child is taking the bus, walking home, or getting picked up by car for each day of the week on a typical week. Please contact the front office if changes to the plan are needed during the year. If a temporary "day of" change is being made in the normal daily pickup, please communicate this to the school in writing. These notes indicate to the classroom teacher that your child is to be released to the back parking lot at dismissal for parent pickup. Parents should know that the school always follows the last written instruction received. A student who is normally picked up on Mondays, for example, needs a note to take the bus home on a Monday.
Children who need to be picked up before normal dismissal should also bring a note. These students are dismissed to the front office. Since the office area can get very congested at the end of the school day, parents are urged to minimize “front office” pickups after 3:00 p.m. (12:30 p.m. on early Wednesdays) and use the regular parent pick up procedure. Be aware that your car may be blocked in the front parking lot by busses if you are attempting to leave near dismissal time.
a) If you are picking up your child during school hours, park in the lot and report to the front office to sign your child out of the building.
b) If you are picking up your child at dismissal time, enter the back parking lot and follow the line of cars onto the basketball court. Students come out to find their cars in the line-up. Teachers are on duty to supervise. We load approximately five cars at a time. Thank you for following the direction of the staff on duty.
Please follow the posted parking regulations when parking in the lot. Cars are not permitted to park along the front sidewalk or along the grass to the left - these are reserved for emergency vehicles only. Parking regulations are enforced by town police. The first two spaces along the playfield are reserved for handicapped parking. There are also handicapped parking spaces in the Flynn Building parking lot. The next two spaces are to be used for 15-minute parking. These spaces were created for the convenience of parents when making a quick stop, such as dropping off a lunch or picking up a sick child. Please be considerate.