So how do I go about dropping-off or picking-up my child?
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 Please note that this policy is no longer in effect).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 in writing and submitted to the classroom teacher no later than the morning of that school day. The written request must designate the adult who will be picking up your child.
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.
Pick-up at dismissal - If you have sent in a note 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 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. At that time, a staff member will ask you for identification. If your child is to be picked up by someone other than you, that person must be identified in your note. I will then ask that person to produce identification when he or she comes to pick up your child.