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Dismissal and Morning Traffic Procedures


Student safety is of the utmost importance at our campus. Please help us to ensure the safety of our students by observing Oppe’s safety rules during morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up:

  • Observe the school zone speed and cell phone usage laws.

  • Discuss with your child the proper route to take to and from school, along with the importance of reporting directly to school and returning home immediately upon dismissal.

  • Do not park, drop off, or pick up your child in the school bus zone.

  • Do not park along the curb in front of the building or on the side by Greta’s Garden. This blocks the traffic from moving smoothly and backs up the drop off and pick up areas.

  • Instruct your child to cross the street only at designated crossing zones.

  • The crosswalk in the middle of the front campus driveway is the designated spot for children to cross the driveway area. 

  • Do not block the crosswalk at any time.

  • If you need to leave your car, please do so on the street or parking area across the street by the park.

  • Do not exit your car if you are in one of the pull-through lanes.  

  • Please follow the directions of the traffic officers stationed in the parking lot during arrival and dismissal times.  They are there to assist with the safety of your children.

Morning Drop Off:  Students may enter the campus at 8:00 a.m. and will report to their classroom. Students should not arrive on campus before 8:00 a.m. unless enrolled in the ACE 21st Century or TOR Kids programs. Parents are encouraged to have students at school by 8:15 so instruction can begin at 8:30.Studentswill be tardy starting at 8:15 am. Parents must walk students to the front door after 8:30.

Since school traffic generally causes delays, please allow plenty of time to get your child to school on time and as safely as possible. Parents, please drop off your children in the drive through lanes (make sure they are ready to exit the car as soon as you pull up). Please be aware of the traffic moving. PLEASE DO NOT DROP OFF YOUR CHILD IN THE STAFF PARKING LOT. This is not a safe place because no one is monitoring the parking lot.  Also, the staff parking area must be accessible to our staff. They are unable to park when parents are double parked dropping off children. Dropping them off in the street behind the parking lot is also not safe because, once again, there are no adults to monitor them.

Afternoon Pick Up:  Classes are dismissed via the Pikmykid app. All parents and caregivers will be asked to download the app in order to announce when they have arrived on campus to pick up their children. Students will then be brought outside and delivered to their parents or caregivers. If you are not able to download the app, Oppe personnel will enter student information manually. Parents are asked to remain in their cars or at designated areas to wait for their children to come outside. We feel this is a much more safe dismissal then having all our students and teachers standing outside in the elements for extended periods of time.

Student safety is our utmost concern; therefore, parents are requested to abide by the following guidelines during dismissal:
● Parents/guardians will wait outside so staff can carefully monitor with whom each child is leaving.
● If you need to leave your car, please park on the street or in the parking lot by Schreiber Park. Cars that block other cars will beticketed by GISD Police. Those parking in handicap spaces without authorization will be ticketed with a fine of up to $257.00.
● Do not exit your car if you are in one of the pull-through lanes.
● Please follow the directions of the staff directing traffic. They are there to assist with the safety of your children.
● Students should be picked up promptly by 3:55 p.m.  Staff is not available to supervise students after this time.  GISD Police may be contacted at 4:15 p.m. to assist with students who have not been picked up.  Cases in which children are repeatedly picked up late will be referred to our Social Worker; failure to pick your child up on a continuous basis could be viewed as neglect.
● Pets are not allowed on school grounds during dismissal. We must be mindful of students that are afraid of certain pets or may have severe allergies.
● Please place the sign, provided by your child’s teacher, which can easily be read with your child’s name, grade level and pikmykid three digit number on your front dashboard.

Change in Child’s Normal Dismissal Routine:  When making other arrangements for your child at dismissal, please use the Pikmykid app to change pick up mode or assign a designee to pick up your child prior to 3:15 p.m. Emailing the teacher or sending a “Parent Square” message for changes in dismissal is discouraged as they may not check it prior to the end of the school day. Without a written or change in the pikmykid app, your child will go home their normal and usual way. Telephone changes are highly discouraged because the identity of the caller cannot be verified. Close communication will help eliminate confusion, as well as maintaining a safe environment for your child.

EARLY PICK-UP: Picking up students prior to regular dismissal time is extremely disruptiveto the class and your child’s education. Parents are encouraged to pick up students early only in extreme emergencies. If a student has to leave school early, a note should be written to the teacher that morning. If someone other than the parent is to pick up the child, the parent must include that information in the note. That person’s name should be listed on the Student Data Sheet and they must provide a photo ID for office staff. Parents or the authorized adult must go to the office to sign out a student leaving prior to 3:00 p.m.; they will also be asked to state the reason for early departure. After 3:15 p.m., we ask parents to wait until dismissal time to obtain their child. We begin bus dismissal at 3:30 and car pick-up shortly after. This procedure is put in place for the safety of students.

Remember we are all here for the children and their safety.  Working together will help us to keep our students safe.  For more information, please read the section titled DISMISSAL.