Carpool Safety

We had a great first week of school.  It was so wonderful to see all of your children again and to feel their excitement for another school year.  For a first week, things went fairly smoothly with just a few carpool issues and of course, a Friday afternoon when we had to dismiss following our Lightning Dismissal procedures.  

If you had a chance to attend Parent University you heard me say, “Carpool is the hardest part of being a charter school parent”.  We do not have the advantage of buses pulling in and taking most of our children to their neighborhoods.

Here are a few helpful reminders from our Parent/Student Handbook to make carpool run smoothly and efficiently:

  • Always make right turns.  When everyone is turning into the school from the same direction (turning right into the school drive from Carlson) things run quicker and students that are walking across the street are safer.
  • If you want to drop your student off on Carlson, you must stop before the no parking sign.  That allows those that are lining up to drive through carpool the no parking lane for that line.  
  • Please have your carpool sign displayed until you leave the school drive with your students.  If we can help the students see their cars, they load much faster.
  • Lightning dismissals are always challenging dismissals.  However, we are not able to release your student out into the open when there is lightning within 10 miles of the school.  If you wish to pick up your student when there is lightning in the area you are required to come to the door to retrieve them.  Please, if you feel that being outside is dangerous, stay in your car and wait for the lightning to pass. We are committed to keeping your students safe until you feel safe being outside to pick them up.  YOU MAY NOT EXIT YOUR CAR on the school drive, as this obstructs the car line. These dismissals do take more time, but are required to ensure that your student(s) is safe.

The most helpful tip I can share is that if you text the words “follow @c2eschool” (please be sure to use the @, this was previously not required) to 40404 you will get real time information should we need to communicate with you what is happening during carpool or any other emergency situation.