Pick up and drop off Procedure

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So how do I go about dropping-off or picking-up my child?


Dropping Your Child Off at School

Please be patient during the first days of school. It will take a few days to troubleshoot and have things running smoothly.  There is limited space in the back driveway, so please keep things moving as quickly and safely as possible.  Be patient with my staff as well as the other parents.  

Thank you for your close attention to these instructions for dropping off your child at HES. 

If you declined transportation (you will be driving your child to and from school) or in the case of an emergency and you must drive your child to or from school, here are the procedures to follow: 


Transportation, Arrival, and Dismissal: Returning to Pre-Covid Traffic Plans

The Hillsborough Township Board of Education provides transportation for each and every HES student who lives in our sending area. Thus, your child always has a seat reserved on the bus. It is the administrative expectation that all students take the district-provided transportation each and every day. Our campus is unable to accommodate a large number of private vehicles during arrival and dismissal, and our driveways do not permit for an easy entrance or exit to Amwell Road.

Last year, staff members were able to provide assistance at the end of the day due to the early dismissal and running school at far less than 100% capacity. We are truly thrilled to have our students return to us in-person for a more typical school experience but cannot accommodate parents transporting their children as we did this past year. If you believe you have extreme mitigating circumstances that require you to transport your child(ren) personally, you must make an appointment to speak with the principal. Please call Mrs. Schmidt at Ext. 3395 in the main office by Sunday, August 29, 2021 to schedule the meeting.

All students who have been assigned a bus and have not received a rare waiver from the principal will be dismissed directly to the bus line. Of course there are completely understandable exceptions that once in a while require you to pick your child(ren) up from school, such as appointments, family emergencies, important engagements, etc. On those occasions, please fill out the Change in Dismissal Form found on the HES website no later than 2:30 PM, and you will receive information on where and when to pick up your child.

Placing your child on the bus is the safest and most efficient way for your child to arrive at Hillsborough Elementary School in the morning and to return home (or to parent-designated after-care) in the afternoon. Additionally, no private vehicles are permitted in the school driveway when buses are present or expected.

Procedures for Morning Drop Off

Once again, the bus is the best and safest way for your child to get to school. However, occasionally there may be times when you must drive your child to school.  Should that occur, please use these procedures to keep everyone safe.

8:20 AM - 8:30 AM PARENT DROP-OFF:

● Use the Bloomingdale driveway which is the second driveway (next to the school entrance) by the little red schoolhouse.

● Follow the driveway around to the back of the school.

● Parents must remain in their cars at all times and wait until it is their turn to drop-off. ● THIS IS A DROP AND GO. Your child(ren) must exit via the passenger side of the car. Kiss your child(ren) goodbye at home and arrange the car for easy exiting.

● Wait for the signal from the staff member. Three cars will drop-off at the same time located where the red star is on the map.

● Drop off takes place between 8:20 AM and 8:30 AM. 


If you arrive to the back of the school after the door has been closed, then you must drive around to the front entrance, park in a parking spot, turn off your engine and accompany your student into the school.  Students who are late to school and arrive after the first bell (which rings at 8:30am) must be buzzed in by the main office, and a parent/guardian must accompany the student inside to sign her/him in.

Picking Your Child Up From School

Please be patient during the first days of school. There is limited space in the driveway, so please keep things moving as quickly and safely as possible.  Be patient with my staff as well as the other parents.  

If you must change your typical dismissal for one day, please do so through the Dismissal Change Request found on the homepage. Reasons for using this form include: picking-up early, not taking the bus, not attending aftercare, etc. This form is not to be used to report your child late to school or for an absence. 


Pick-Up at Dismissal
- If you have be filled out the Dismissal Change Request form found on the homepage of this website, identifying in advance that your child is being picked up at dismissal and who your child will be picked up by, your child will be released to you behind the school after the final bell of the day at 3:05. 

  • Please use the rear entrance for the school
  • Use the Bloomingdale driveway which is the second driveway (next to the school entrance) by the little red schoolhouse.
  • Follow the driveway around to the back of the school.
  • Park your car on the circle and come to the Art Room door.
  • Once all students have arrived at the Art Room, the outside door will be opened and dismissal will begin.
  • Any parent/guardian new to the pick up process will be asked to show their ID
  • Once our staff becomes familiar with you, they will dismiss directly to you
  • You will take your child, buckle into your car and leave the driveway

Before Care or After Care -  either dropping off your children for before-care or picking up your children for after-care, use the rear entrance for the school which can be accessed by the driveway between HES and the red Bloomingdale Schoolhouse.  This is the third driveway on the left if you are approaching the school from Route 206.  Since Catholic Charities base of operations for their programs is in the cafeteria, the rear entrance is the most logical place for drop-off and pick-up.  Behind the school, you will notice a sign stating Pick-up and Drop-off Only No Parking.  This sign has recently been installed in order help with the flow of traffic during the time in which students not attending the Catholic Charities program are either dropped-off or picked up by their parents.  The times to which that sign applies are approximately 8:00 am to 3:30 pm.  Therefore, if you arrive either before or after that, you can certainly feel free to park and walk to the cafeteria to either drop-off your child in the morning or pick him or her up in the afternoon.

Morning drop-off - If you drop your child off in the morning, your child must be dropped off behind the school no earlier than 8:20.  Please use the rear entrance for the school which can be accessed by the driveway between HES and the red Bloomingdale Schoolhouse.  This is the third driveway on the left if you are approaching the school from Route 206.    If your child is dropped off prior to 8:20, there will be no adult there to supervise them.  When dropping-off behind the school, please realize that our space is limited and is another reason why we encourage all children to ride the bus!  The drop-off site is exactly that a drop-off site.  Parents cannot drive up to the cafeteria, park, or walk their children inside the school even during inclement weather.  In order for the safety off all children in the area, a steady, smooth flow of traffic is needed.  After parents drop-off their students by the cones, they must immediately proceed around the circle and exit out the way they came.  A certified staff member will ensure that your student gets into school safely. (In years past, there was a school policy in place where you could drop your students off in the main lobby and leave them there unsupervised.  Please note that this policy is no longer in effect).


A.M. Kindergarten pick-up - All students are provided with district sponsored transportation.  You must report to the main office if any event arises whereby you must pick-up your child from Kindergarten.


P.M. Kindergarten drop-off - If for some reason your child is unable to take the bus to P.M. Kindergarten, drop-off is located on the Amwell Road side of the school by the main driveway entrance Entrance 36.  Drop-off is at 12:17 sharp!  You will most likely see the Kindergarten teachers standing there.  If it is past 12:20 and you do not see the Kindergarten teachers outside, you must come around to the main office to drop-off your child.


Early Pick-Up - Unless there is an emergency, parents picking up students for early dismissal must arrive to sign them out prior to the time that the main office is closed each day, which is 2:45.  Again, unless there is an emergency, after 2:45, all students who were slated to go home on the bus will be sent home on the bus, even if the parent has arrived.  You will be asked to then meet them at home or their bus stop.  This ensures that we have accounted for all of our students.  All requests for early dismissal (prior to 2:45) must be through the Dismissal Change Request found on the homepage of this website. Reasons for using this form include: picking-up early as well as not taking the bus, not attending aftercare, etc. This form is not to be used to report your child late to school or for an absence. 


Please be advised, however, that in order for the office staff to account for the well-being and security of every child at dismissal, the main office and school will be shut down from 2:45 until the dismissal of all buses on a daily basis.  If your child is not taking a bus home on any given day, you must arrive in the main office to sign out your child prior to 2:45.  If you are unable to do this, you must wait until after all of the buses are dismissed and sign out your child after that time.




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