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UPDATE:

NOTE: New laws mandate no cell phone usage in a phone zone, especially on campus during take-in and dismissal.

Car line incidents are increasing to the point of posing a serious threat to the safety of our students and their families.  In an attempt to rectify these problems, we are making a few changes and issuing reminders.  Please read the guidelines below.

  • de La Salle Drive is a two-way street in the afternoons. Beginning today (Thursday, January 19, 2017), the left gate at our entrance will be closed to discourage passing.  Cars may form a second line on the left once on campus.
  • de La Salle Drive is a partially residential street.  Do not attempt to park in or pass through residents’ yards in an effort to avoid or “cut” the line.
  • Please do not arrive at school before 2:30pm for car line.  Arriving before this time only serves to block delivery vehicles trying to deliver equipment and supplies. Our carriers usually make their deliveries around 2:00pm.  Their vehicles are too large to navigate a clogged parking lot and often have trouble accessing receiving areas.
  • Car riders MAY NOT be picked up in the back of school at the administration building or in the bus loop. There is no supervision provided for this area, which is reserved for employee parking and bus traffic.
  • Parents must follow the flow of traffic. Driving against the flow endangers everyone.
  • Use Car Line tags.  Hanging these tags from your rear view mirror helps our teachers on duty to get your child to you safely and quickly at the designated pick up points.

It is actually advisable to arrive for car line closer to 3:15, when traffic has died down and driving through is a breeze.  This is doubly true on days when we are holding afternoon assemblies such as pep rallies.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation.  We are certain that, if all can adhere to these guidelines, we can keep our students safe and everyone can exit campus in a timely fashion

The following items are reminders of our afternoon procedures, created to better ensure the safety our students.

Car Line

Thank you for your patience in our afternoon car line on the first days of school.  When there are no busses, we must get approximately 500 students into vehicles safely.  In a continuing effort to improve the safety and efficiency of our car line procedures for you and your children, we are asking for your help with two important items:

  1. Car line name tags – We are asking that all drivers who pick up car riders begin using name tags when picking up students in the afternoon.  A very functional and visible way to display the Car Line tag is to use a small “baby” hanger with a clip. (Please see picture.)  If you are in need of a hanger or if you are unable to make your own carline tag, please let us know and we will provide one to you.
  2. Designated numbered pick-up points – Rather than students entering vehicles at several different places in the line, we will have designated pick-up points. Using the nametags, teachers on duty will call students to the numbered spots. These three spots, located near the 100 hall past the speed bump, are the only places that students will be allowed to enter vehicles. After you drive over the speed bump, we ask that you pull all of the way up to the last open spot before your child enters.

We are confident that with the cooperation of all people involved, this procedure can be a safer and more efficient system. Please encourage your students to follow the rules and pay attention to the directions that will be given.

Together, we can make it work! We appreciate your support and assistance.

Walkers

If your child is a “walker” and will be leaving campus on foot (including walking to McDonald’s), we must have a note on file granting us permission to allow your child to leave school unsupervised.  Fourth and fifth graders may only leave if accompanied by an older student, who must be specified in the written permission slip.  Please note:  Once students leave campus, they will not be allowed to return.  This policy is clearly stated in our school handbook.

After School Supervision

Students in grades 4-8 MUST be picked up after school no later than 3:30 p.m. After this time, the duty teacher will walk the student to after school care, and parents may pick students up in the aftercare room (Rm. 508). Parents will be billed on an hourly basis for this service. This policy is implemented for the safety of your child/ren. Teachers are on duty until 3:30 p.m., and offices close at 3:30 p.m.  Parents are reminded that there is no supervision of students on campus before 7:15 a.m. and after 3:30 p.m., other than for school activities directed by Catholic High personnel.

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