Describe dismissal at your school (esp. Grades 1-3)

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  1. Sarge

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    After announcements, teachers walk the class to the front of the school (not a building, but rows of classrooms that all open outside).

    There the kids basically scatter. Some go to the bus (I get no official list of bus riders. We're supposed ask the kids and they're supposed to remember). Others find their parents. Others wait by the curb for their parents to pick them up. Others go to the church parking lot next to the school if their parents don't want to wait in traffic and are too lazy to get out of their cars.

    Since I am given no official list of how a child is supposed to get home or who picks him or her up. I've had students who ride the bus some days, get picked up other days, and walk with friends on other days and never seem to be able to remember what they're supposed to do.

    I've had this conversation many times after a kid is still standing there after everyone is left.

    ME: Do you remember how you get home today.
    KID: I think I ride the bus, but I'm not sure.
    ME: Do your parents both work.
    KID: My dad does, but my mom always picks me up.
    ME: Is your mom home right now.
    KID: Probably not.

    In this situation, I have about two minutes to decide whether to put the kid on the bus or keep him to wait for his mom. If I put him on the bus, he risks being dropped off at an empty house. If I keep him, he risks never getting picked up by an angry parent.

    Now as far as which bus the kid goes on, we're supposed to know that too. Apparently, on the first day of school, I need to figure out, from looking at their addresses, if they ride the bus or not and which bus they ride based the routes of the buses (which is not distributed to us, nor is it on the district website.)

    Of course this doesn't account for kids who live in one neighborhood and go to daycare in another. These kids will have instructions to ride bus 4 to school and bus 1 after school. Except that if their parents are college students they might ride bus 4 home from school on Tuesday's and Thursdays. Except for the days they go to their Nana's house. They have to remember this themselves.

    Mind you, these are first graders. Some of them don't even know for sure what their last names are.
     
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  3. Ilovefirst

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    Yikes! Although, we do have some similarities here.

    We begin dismissal at 3. Prior to that, any dismissal changes have been brought to us (by a 6th grader) on a bus note from the office. That's only a problem if you aren't in your room - they are supposed to tape it to the door, but are often creative with the placement and I have found them the next morning! Bus drivers are also given a copy of this note (1 per bus). Students may not do anything other than their "normal" unless we have a note or phone call from a parent.
    Over the intercom, one of the secretaries reads off the list of students who are being picked up and they leave the room when their name is called. Parents wait their child in the main hallway and are not SUPPOSED to come to the classroom at this time. (though that doesn't stop some) After that traffic has left the main hallway by the office, they call the first 3 buses over the intercom. (the buses have names that we use when referring to them in school - but when the kids get to the bus, they need to remember what number their bus is... it really only seems to confuse us teachers) After all of them have loaded they called the last 3 buses. Then they call for our after school child care and walkers. (in total, it takes about 15 minutes most days)
    There are non classroom teachers at the buses making sure the kiddos get on their proper buses. (Those adults also have a walkie talkie in case they need to ask the office what bus the child is supposed to get on.) Like Sarge, I am supposed to figure out what each child's "normal" end of day routine is. This last year, the office kept track (and included the info on the bus notes) those kids who went one place M, W, & F and somewhere different on T, Th. We do have LOTS who come in on one bus and leave on another. Last year I sat down with the secretaries and went through each student in my room to know where they normally needed to go at the end of the day. (but most take the kids' word for it!)
     
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    As a parent, I would be horrified if my kids were in a school that was that disorganized. Something needs to be done about that before tragedy happens. I've only ever taught middle school kids and college students, so I have no real input on how to make it better.
     
  5. MrsC

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    Our kindergarten students are dismissed in the kindergarten yard--they come to the teacher (who is at the only gate) and give her a high-five once they see their parent (or whoever is picking them up) and the teacher makes eye contact with them. All of our other students (grades 1-8) are dismissed into the school yard. Bus students proceed to the bus lines, where teachers are on duty to ensure that students get onto the correct buses and that all students are accounted for. Teachers are also on duty in the yard, to ensure that all students leave school property promptly. Any students who are being picked up or met who are still in the yard 10 minutes after dismissal (when the teachers' duty is over) are taken to the office to wait.

    At the beginning of the school year, parents must indicate how their child will be going home from school and who has permission to pick their child up. Any changes to this must be done with a written note to the office. In the few cases where there are custody or access issues, the students are only dismissed through the office.

    During the first couple of weeks of school, when things are often a little chaotic, most teachers go outside with their classes to help things run more smoothly.
     
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    Dismissal starts at 3:10.. They use the intercom to call. If I'm on duty I stand in the hall, if not, I am in the room with the kids.. First they call car riders then the buses two at a time in the order that they are lined up. After that they call after care and tutoring and then it's over. It takes about 10 minutes maybe until everyone is gone. It works pretty well.
     
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    Wow, my school is going to sound really lax compared to what I'm hearing from the rest of you, but here's the truth:

    Once the bell rings, we're able to open the classroom door and release our kids without being responsible for where they're going. However, the kindergarten teachers usually walk their students to the front of the school & wait with them until all kids are picked up, on the bus, or with the appropriate person. Some first grade teachers do the same thing, but like I said, it's not mandatory. I always walk my kids to the front of the school and wait for them to get picked up (I rarely ever have bus riders) and the parents really appreciate it.

    Most teachers at my school don't like to deal with the after school hustle and bustle, so they simply let the kids go when the bell rings and never look back! Can't say I blame them, but I feel more comfortable knowing where they're going. Just my preference.
     
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    The first to get called are the "walkers" and those with notes their parents have written. They go to the front door where whatever teacher has that duty that day checks their notes and makes sure their parents are there to pick them up. (All others remain in class.) Then, the children for the after school program are announced. Then we call buses by number as they pull in. The buses pull away when all are accounted for on the bus.
     
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    The dismissal at my school feels really crazy, too. Our duty day is officially over at the same time the kids get out. Therefore, we can't be required to do anything with them. I think that's horrible! I walk my kids out and this year I waited until they were all gone. I liked being able to say hi or wave at the parents who come to pick up their kids, and I think it helps reinforce the sense of community in our classroom.

    I didn't usually wait last year, and this year I had a prior student say, "You didn't do this for us last year. Guess you just couldn't wait to get away from us, huh?"

    He was teasing, but needless to say, I'll be waiting next year too! :p
     
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    When I taught 2nd, we had two teachers that went outside with car riders/walkers and stayed out there until they were all gone. One teacher walked the bus riders to the cafeteria and stayed in there. The music teacher would call bus numbers and those students would be led out to the bus.
     
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    Our Kindergarten classes are dismissed about 5 minutes before the rest of the school. Two K teachers take the 'pick-up' kids to the K playground for dismissal and 2 take the bus riders to the bus circle. The first grade teachers also walk their children to the bus circle. They call the buses by 'silent dismissal' over the TV and the car riders, walkers and bike riders are dismissed. Most teachers have some type of duty or if not, we are expected to stand in our doorway until the halls clear. The first weeks are chaos, then it settles into a fairly decent routine.
     
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    me too :wow: youngteacherguy and sarge - these 'systems' sound like accidents waiting to happen - yikes :eek:

    Are teachers and more importantly parents happy with this situation? Is this why you are asking? Man - this just sounds so hap-hazard to me. What would they do if a child did get home on time? How would they know were to start looking?
     
  13. mollydoll

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    What about sending a form home at the beginning of the year, Sarge? Have parents fill in the usual schedule, etc. and return it to you.
     
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    If there is a change in how a student is to go home, parents either call the school or write a note. I send any notes to the office. The office staff sends out an email at a specified time daily with any changes.
    If there is no note, we can't take the child's word for it....too many times a child has said, 'I'm supposed to go home with amy today." only to find out that the parents had no idea of this arrangement!!!:p

    Dismissal is at 3:25. At 3:23 I walk a line of kids to the bus lines and the teacher next door walks a line to the porch for parent pick up.

    Bus kids sit in their lines and are escorted to their bus one line at a time by an EA with a master list of all kids on each bus and any notes about changes.

    Walkers stay on the porch until their parents show up and same with car pick ups.
     
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    Our school sounds like a boot camp compared to ya'all. Each grade level K-5 does dismissal for their own grade. The teachers decide at the beginning of the year who will handle walkers and bikers, car riders, and bus students. The same teachers take the same students to dismissal all year. Students have to bring a note on a special form from home if there is a change in dismissal. That goes to the office to be accounted for and then back to the teacher. Phone calls and emails are not acceptable. All teachers have afternoon duty in the same place (walkers, car, etc) all year. Parents are not allowed to park and walk to the car rider line to pick their child up. The teachers get to know all the students in their care so that mistakes don't happen. Students are walked to each bus. No students are allowed to be dismissed without supervision. Our P is a stickler for following dismissal rules and if she sees a child walking unattended she will first deal with the child and then call the appropriate supervising teacher on the carpet. I like the structure we have because someone on campus knows how every single child has gone home every single day.
     
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    Our contract time isn't over until 20-25 minutes after the children are dismissed, so teachers leaving before the students are gone isn't really a problem.

    We each take turns with bus duty (the majority of our students ride a bus) and there are some teachers/assistants who are paid a stipend or have an adjusted schedule for doing dismissal duty since they may have to stay later waiting on the last bus/parents to come.

    PreK releases 25 minutes earlier than 1-5 and K releases 10 minutes early to cut down on traffic while the little ones are present. PreK releases directly from the classrooms to the parents who are waiting in the breezeway. K releases from the circle drive (bus lane) into the parents' cars. 1-5 I believe are responsible for walking their class to the bus line or out to the drive to wait for their parents. After that, the duty teachers are responsible.

    Also, the parents (or whoever picks the child up) must have the child's car sign (given by the teacher) in the window before the child will be released to them.
     
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    Parents want convenience. One way to solve the situation is to not allow kids to be picked up anyplace other than school grounds. I've suggested not allowing children to enter the church parking lot unless they've been met by their parents in front of the school. In other words, if parents want to avoid the half-mile line of cars, they need to park at the church or on the street someplace and walk up to the office to get their kids.

    Personally, I'd like to eliminate curbside pickup all together. Parents park, walk up, get their kids, go home. The problem is that they like the curbside pickup because that way mom can load Baby Sleeping Beauty into the Ford Excursion and not have to remove her from her car seat until they get home. (Yes, my non-driving, non-child producing biases are showing, I know.)

    I like the idea of a separate dismissal time for bus riders, The Chauffeured, and the walking/biking heroes. (biases again, yes I know). At our school, we need no less than five staff members outside just to direct automobile traffic and to keep walking/biking kids from getting run over by the SUV parade.

    I do. The problem is that I don't carry that information around in my head, and it's not kept on file in the office. Moreover, all the forms don't come back. And the parents who don't send the forms back are usually the ones who's kids don't remember what their last name is or how to spell their first. Something about apples falling out of trees I hear.
     
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    Why not? As I said, I prefer that parents park and get out. The problem is that with the curbside pickup, and 800 students, the kids pretty much have to split up in order to where their parents car is. Otherwise, the backup would be two miles long instead of half a mile long.

    The other thing is that you have the kids all standing around dozens of vehicles (most with very bad EPA ratings) with their engines idling. On a hot day, I don't what to think about the quality of the air the kids are breathing.
     
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    I just have subbing experience so far...

    at one district, there was a list that had where everyone was to go. The after school age program/pick ups went to the gym. Parents had to come into the school and stand in line, check in with whichever teacher was there and then get their child. The classroom teacher walked all of the bussers out to the busses in a line and called off bus numbers for each child to get on the correct bus.

    However, another district the bell rang and the students left. Who knew where they went?

    I'm thinking that my district will be similar to the first way, but I'm not sure. Ill be doing 5th grade and I know they have safety patrol to leave early and do as well.
     
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    K and 1 kids stay in classroom until the teacher sees a parent and either hands them off to the parent (K) or directs the student to the parent (1st)
    Grades 2-4 in my building are dismissed out specific doors- parents know which doors their kids are to exit.

    Bus kids are walked by teachers to the bus line. There are paras who take 'attendance' of the bus riders.

    There are teachers on duty (I'm one of them on a daily basis) who work the traffic loops, helping students get to their cars safely, helping parents who can't find kids, making sure everyone is 'hooked' up with a grown-up.

    Crossing guards cross the 'walkers' (we only have a few of those)

    Unclaimed kids are escorted to the office by the traffic duty teachers. Those teachers pull the contact cards of the kids and call the parents...
     
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    Our dismissal is very similar to yours: two teachers walk the car riders to the gym and two teachers walk bus riders outside. We have to stay five minutes to make sure things are settled and then the teachers on duty wait with the kids.
     
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    I see the underlying problem where I am. When the dismissal bell rings, a student in my class could be going to any of about 5 different places:

    • Church parking lot
    • Curb in front of office
    • After school program
    • Older sibling's classroom (I forgot to mention, many parents tell their kids to do that. We can't stop them.)
    • Bus

    So basically, I have no choice but to have my class scatter.
     
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    We haven't had walkers so we don't have to deal with that. We will this year, however. A SPLOST didn't pass and one of the results is that students that live within 1.5 miles can not be picked up, they have to walk now or be a car rider. It's always been a GA law but until the SPLOST didn't pass and the budget cut, they were able to ride. So that will be a new issue this year. :(

    Our go home procedures are about the same for every grade, with the exception of K. Since K has a para, they break the duties up. Anyway, usually there is a designated Car Rider teacher per grade pre week. That teacher will send her bus riders to another teacher's class and will then stand in a particular spot for the car riders to line up behind her. She then takes all students into the lunchroom, where each grade level has a designated table or tables. Students must be quiet and have their head down. They are listening for their name or number from a walkie talkie that is on each table. At the beginning of each year, all car riders are assigned a number. Parents are given two laminated signs for their car with the number on it. The sign is put in the windshield. The specials teachers have permanent outside car duty. One is in the driveway with a walkie talkie adn calls the numbers. The student hears their number, and goes to the door for a teacher to escort them out to the car. If parents don't have their number, they have to park and walk to the office to show ID to pick up their kid. Some parents will walk up with their number in their hand, and they are called by another teacher who has a walkie talkie and is designated for walk ups. The Car rider teacher stays with the kids until the last one from her grade is gone or until the P (who is always on car duty) takes the stragglers to the office. The beginning of the year stinks, because it takes a while for parents and kids to get into the routine. But after about 2 weeks, everyone knows their number and the routine is pretty smooth.

    Bus procedures--certain specials teachers are assigned to bus duty for the year. The Bus Duty teachers for each grade line kids up and walk kids to bus area. Some teachers will stand in one spot and call out each bus number and those kids will leave for that bus. Other teachers walk from bus to bus and leave kids that way. Each bus rider has a "ticket" to get on the bus. The ticket has their name and their bus number on it. The kids must have a ticket or they can't get on bus. The driver has a bag and when the last kid is on the bus, the bag is given to the AP (alwasy has bus duty). If a parent calls and says their kid didn't get off the bus, we can go thru the bag for that bus and see if kiddo got on.

    Afterschool go with the bus kids and are sent to afterschool from there.

    :)
     
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    We are basically the same Sarge. We walk the students out to make sure there are no fights. The first graders go out the door in the front of the building their parents are usually out there to meet them. Our VP and P are out in front and I know the first grade teachers are out there until their students all leave.
    It seems to work, there is the occasional student left. Our big problem is the parents in cars picking up their students. Right now our parking lot is all tore up at school to redo it for better and safer traffic flow.
     
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    Are other teachers unhappy with this situation or see the danger? If so, maybe you can work with admin to make a change. Sadly, most won't change until something bad happens.
     
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    So how long is it from the end of instructional time to when the P takes the kids to the office? How many students are at your school?
     
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    I currently use large colored tongue depressors for dismissal. I have the child's name on each stick. A blue stick for walkers, a yellow stick for bussers, a red stick for parent pick up, a green stick for bikers, an orange stick for SafeKey, and a pink stick for afterschool campus activities like choir, chess, or tutoring. The kids are dismissed at our dot on the playground and may not leave until they hand me their stick. I have 4th graders so they leave once I have their stick, but they know if they change plans without informing their parent or me and their parent can't find them, they will be in big trouble with the parent, me, and the school. This has worked so far for me. It also eliminates confusion when the child's schedule changes. Students who are not picked up are walked up to the office for parents to be contacted. It also helps me know how kids got home since having them tell me doesn't ensure that I will remember once I return to the classroom. My principal really likes my system and compliments me on my organization.
     
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    About 15 minutes at the start, usually about 10 the rest of the year. We have less than 600. We used this system for about 6 years now--going from about 400 kids to where we are now. Apparently there were issues mainly with kids not getting off the bus when/where they were supposed to. We also had a lot of parents walking up and if the classroom teacher wasn't there, no one was positive who they were going home with. This is pretty cut and dry. School lets out 30 minutes before our "contract" day does.
     
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    We have 7 buses that drive students to and from our school. The buses usually (not always) have regular numbers, but they are given color names at my school. (The kids seems to get it, but it confuses the heck out of me.)

    For example, we have the purple bus (#55), red bus (#121), blue bus (#34), etc. Thankfully, we don't ever have a yellow bus because that would be confusing for everyone all around. Sometimes the bus numbers are changed and we are informed, and sometimes the bus numbers are changed and we aren't told - those are very confusing afternoons.

    We are expected to walk our students to the buses, but in reality only K and 1st grade teachers do. With 7 buses and 5 minutes of transition time, we don't have the time to walk the kids to all their buses. (We dismiss at 2:30 and transportation expects the buses to pull out at 2:35. We have about 450 students, and all but about 25 ride the bus...) In the beginning of the year, I dismiss my students about 5-10 minutes early so I can personally put each of my students on the appropriate bus.

    At the very beginning of the year, it is very confusing to figure out which bus each student rides. We are supposed to get lists, but that rarely happens and students don't know. We tried a system last year where each student got a colored square (corresponding to the assigned color of their bus) when they disembarked in the morning. Upon arrival in our classrooms, they were supposed to give us the colored squares. It definitely helped more than no system at all, but we have plenty of students who ride a different bus home or whose parents drive them to school the first day, so I'm always stuck scrambling to figure out who goes where.

    I keep a clipboard with me at dismissal time with a current bus list on it. It has the color and number of each bus, along with first and last name of each of my students under the appropriate transportation. (I also have a section for walkers/students who are picked up.) I carry this with me out to dismissal and keep it with me at bus duty. It has helped numerous times, whether my student doesn't remember what bus they ride or another student doesn't know the number of their bus (only the color) or only knows the color but not the number; it is all on my clipboard.

    Our school policy is that if students are getting home in a way that is different from their usual routine (they are getting picked up instead of riding the bus, for example) the parents must send a note to school. If they don't send a note, we are required to send them home the usual way. This works some of the time, but we still have parents rushing up as the buses are pulling away to pull their child off the bus, and they aren't always there on time.

    Our school newsletter talks about this policy, I talk about it with parents at open house and I also send it home in my beginning of the year letter. I also mention how I will not check phone messages 5 minutes before the bell rings, because my first year I had tons of parents trying to catch me before we walked out the door to tell me to keep their child off the bus. After I became much more explicit about the bus change expectations, I haven't had that problem anymore.

    Our contract ends 30 minutes after the students are dismissed, so we are expected to do bus duty in the afternoons. In the past we have rotated bus duty each quarter, but I really like the idea of staying in the same area for the whole year - it does help to become familiar with the kids and certain buses!
     
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    Last year, we changed our dismissal procedures to make sure students were being supervised as they got to their buses. We line our kids up in the order that they'll be getting on the buses, with kids who are getting picked up lining up in the front and leaving to meet a teacher who takes them to the cafeteria, where their parents meet them. After that, each teacher walks his/her whole class around the bus circuit and drops each student off at the correct bus. It is a pain in the winter, but it really seems to keep the kids on the right track and gets them to where they need to go.
     
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    My school does almost the same procedure. It works well and only takes about 15 minutes. We have a school population alittle over 500. My P is very strict and if you aren't where you should be at duty time she will hunt you down...:p
     
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    Sorry, Sarge. We have Meet the Teacher Night the Friday before school starts. That night, parents fill out emergency forms for the teachers use (they get a ton from the office as well) and they fill out a "how I get home" form that they leave THAT NIGHT. Maybe you could do something like this and they could note that they are a bus rider and then ask them if they know which route. I think most parents should know the route shouldn't they? I don't know. We don't have any buses at our school.
     
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    Where is the jaw dropping smilie??
     
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    I like this plan.
     
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    At 2:35 the bell rings for K-3 to dismiss. K and 1 try to be outside or at least on our way out by that time. We send our car riders to our instructional assistants (one in each building) and each teacher is responsible for putting her kids on the bus. The first 6 weeks of school I walk the whole bus line with my kids but after that I usually stop where I can see the end of the bus line and watch my last few get on.

    At 2:40 the bell rings to dismiss 4-6. This is why we try to be heading out no later than 2:35. 4-6 teachers just let their kids run. I have gotten run over more than once by some of the olders kids because most of them are bigger than me.

    After all the buses have gone the car riders get put with their folks by our instructional assistants.

    Beside the older kids taking off running this system works really well at our school!
     
  36. lemonhead

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    Here's what we do Sarge. We have 800 students and no bus riders.

    2:58- I dismiss my in-school, after school program kids to go to gym or cafeteria. Dismiss my daycare kids to go to the cafeteria where they will be met by a specials teacher who sees that they get on the bus.

    2:59- We walk as a group to the Kinder/ First grade car loop.

    3:00- we arrive there and are met by exhaust fumes and several parents on foot ready to take their kids. I let them go with either a hug, high five, or handshake (kids not parents).

    Bike riders go to their bikes and must walk them on school property.

    • We have specials teachers watching crosswalks of parking lot and regular crossing guards.
    • We do not have a lot of parking so parking and getting your kid is sort of discouraged.
    • Older siblings must come to this side to pick up their brother or sister.
    • All first and kinder teachers are outside with their classes. If it is not too wet or the concrete not too hot, the kids sit down.
    • All cars waiting in line have signs. One color is for first and another for kinder. They are bright colors and would say MARYand the under that Ms Lemonhead.
    We then have one kinder person on a radio at the front of the line(near where kinder sits), the AP is on a radio in the middle (by where 1st sits). One first grade teacher goes down about 10 cars deep with radio and calls names from those colored signs: "Mary in Lemonhead, George in Baker". Then the people on the radio get these kids ready to load. If they are my kids, they must give me high five handshake or hug. If I am the one 10 cars deep, they let another teacher know they are leaving.

    3:07 If you don't have car duty you are allowed to go in. 2 first and 2 kinder teachers must stay on duty.

    3:15 Any remaining kids go to the office. It's always the same kids. Teachers are excused to go to their rooms and the office tracks down where the kids should be. Normally on our kinder/first side, there are 2-5 kids left at this time out of the 300 in those two grades.

    Honestly, our biggest problem is parents thinking they are not in the way, parents not following rules, and kids who goof around at dismissal.

    2nd through 5th are dismissed in another area. That's another 500 students.
     
  37. love2teach

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    Wow! This sounds like a disaster waiting to happen!

    Our district gives a list of the whole school with address and bus route on it. We have to go through and find our kids to find out what bus our kiddies are on.

    Some kids don't get bussing those kids are "walkers" even though mots of them get picked up. The little ones can not walk home alone...they must have an older sibling/buddy to walk home with or have a parent pick up.

    Other kids go to after-care.

    I keep a list of every kid right by the door.....it is posted clearly and ready for me or any other adult doing dismissal to see!

    As far as how it works:

    After-care kids are picked up before buses are called. This assures they can be settled and out of the halls with attendance and snack started before the busses start.
    Then, busses are called over the annoucement system one at a time. Those kids file out of the rooms and out to the buses (teachers and assistants w/o homerooms rotate schedules and are in the hall and outside to supervise).
    AFter all busses have been called, teachers walk the walkers outsdie for pick up. Teachers stay with them until they are picked up. Some parents park, some stay in the circle.

    Without a note all children are sent home their "regular" way! Also bus drivers will NOT drop the little guys off if no one is home or at the stop. They are instructed to bring the little guys back to school.
     

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