Drop Off Procedures
Beginning of the Year –Morning Drop Off & Driver Safety Reminders
Doors to the building will open at 7:50 am. If your child arrives earlier, they will have to remain outside the front door until it opens. Buses will be arriving between 7:50 and 8:05 am. If you are dropping off your PK – 5 child, please do so at the elementary office starting at 7:50 am. If you have an elementary and 6 – 12 child, please have them go in the elementary door as well so you only have to make one drop off. If you plan to go in with your child, you will need to park in the student parking lot and go in the front door. If you have a child in grades 6 – 12, please drop them off in the student parking lot being sure that you don’t pass a stopped bus when the stop arm is displayed. If at all possible, drop off your child after 8:05 am.
Illinois law states when approaching a marked school zone on days when school is in operation and children are present, a driver must:
discontinue wireless/cell-phone use
reduce speed to 20 mph
stop and yield the right-of-way to any children or adults in the crosswalk area
In addition, drivers are reminded to obey the regulatory or guide signs in our parking lots, as marked. This is especially important for the safety of our children as they are being dropped off before school, or picked up. Drivers aren’t to pass a vehicle stopped for pedestrians.
Please remember that all traffic must stop while school bus “stop” arms are out and buses are loading and unloading students – including all school facilities, roads, drives, parking lots, etc. By law, drivers are not allowed to pass a stopped school bus when the stop arm is displayed.
Sharing the Road With School Buses
If you’re driving behind a bus, allow a greater following distance than if you were driving behind a car. It will give you more time to stop once the bus lights start flashing. It is illegal in all 50 states to pass a school bus that is stopped to load or unload children.
Never pass a bus from behind – or from either direction if you’re on an undivided road – it is stopped to load or unload children.
If the yellow or red lights are flashing and the stop arm is extended, traffic must stop.This applies in both directions for drivers to stop!
The area 10 feet around a school bus is the most dangerous for children; stop far enough back to allow them space to safely enter and exit the bus.
Be alert; children often are unpredictable, and they tend to ignore hazards and take risks.
Be Responsible Be Respectful Be Safe