The school day begins at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 3:35 p.m. Students may arrive to school at 8:35 a.m.
Students will be tardy if they arrive after 9:00 a.m. If you would like for your child to eat breakfast, please make sure he/she arrives at school by 8:40. When students arrive in the morning, he/she will report to the cafeteria or gymnasium. Students arriving after 9:00 will not be able to eat breakfast.
Please read the information below for details on arrival and dismissal.
Car Riders Arrival:
If your child is a car rider, please enter the JJ parking lot by the Charlestown library. Students must be dropped off and picked up at the front entrance of the school. Parents are not permitted to park at the library at any time for school business. We can accommodate six cars at a time in the drop off area. In order to keep the flow of traffic running smoothly, please have your child ready to go to ensure a quick drop off. Buses will enter the parking lot through the back entrance located off Halcyon Road. Bus riders will be dropped off at the cafeteria entrance and students will load afternoon buses in designated parking spots near the playground.
Car Riders Dismissal:
Dismissal will be promptly at 3:35.
When dismissal procedures begin, we will not be able to accommodate student pick up from the office. If you arrive during dismissal you will be required to wait until all car riders are loaded before picking up your child. Any child picked up prior to dismissal will be considered tardy. All students will be placed into a car or signed out from the office by an adult on his/her contact list. Students will not be able to leave from dismissal area even with an adult that walks up to get them.
To sign up for bus transportation, please click here.
To help your child be ready for bus transportation, please teach them the following:
- If your student misses the bus at their regular stop, do not follow the bus to the next stop and let your child walk/run beside the bus to get on. The driver cannot see the student in the danger zone, especially if it is dark and could possibly hit them as they pull away from the stop. Take your student to school.
- Make children stay at least 10 feet away from the bus until they begin to enter. Children will be able to see the driver and the driver can see them.
- If children must cross the street to the bus they should cross the street 10 feet (five giant steps) in front of the bus where they can see the driver and the driver can see them.
Warn children that, if they drop something, they should never pick it up. Instead, they should tell the driver and follow the driver’s instructions. If they bend over to pick up a dropped object, they might not be seen by the driver and could be hurt if the driver pulls away from the stop.
Remind children to look to the right before they step off the bus. Car drivers in a hurry sometimes try to sneak by the bus on the right hand side.
Teach your child to secure loose drawstrings and other objects that may get caught in the handrail or door of the bus as they are exiting.
If you meet your child at the bus stop after school, wait on the side where the child will be dropped off, not across the street. Children can be so excited at seeing you after school that they may dash across the street and forget the safety rules.