How do I let Shady Side know if I'm making changes to normal dismissal procedures?
If your child is being picked up by you, or an adult listed on the emergency card, or if you want them to go home on their regulary scheduled bus, you can send in a note with your child in the morning or call the office by 3:30 p.m. The office is a very busy place at dismissal, so to avoid any confusion will not be calling students down to the office for early dismissal pick up between 3:30 and 3:45. Avoid sending in emails later in the day or calling at the end of the day to avoid any miscommunication.
We encourage students to ride the bus daily as this is the quickest and safest way for us to dismiss all students. If you are picking up your child during regular dismissal, please note that we have NEW car rider procedures this year. Parents will enter the property through the second entrance. There will be cones and, during dismissal, personnel to direct when additional cars can enter the property as we cannot block the pathway for buses. Cars will drive on the OPPOSITE side from normal to create a clockwise loop down the side of the building, circle behind the cafeteria, and pull up alongside curb. Staff will bring students out to cars. We ask that students practice getting in and out of the car themselves as there is not space or time for parents to exit the car to load students. Until staff recognize all parents, be ready to show identification.
If you are sending someone to pick up your child, who is not on the emergency card, you must call the school and talk directly to a secretary or administrator. Again, they will be asked to show identification.
Please do not call the school to make a bus change on the day you would like it to occur. The school administration, the transportation office and the bus company should agree that this can occur. Mrs. Quigley in the office has a form you can fill out to request a future bus change; this form can also be found online at aacps.org.