As the bell rings at 3:30 in the afternoon, we will be dismissing close to 700 students. In order to safely man-age this daily event, we will continue to use our dismissal procedure that will require us all to be more orga-nized. We ask that all parents declare whether their child will be picked up daily, walk home regularly, or ride a bus to and from school. Each student will receive a color coded back-pack tag (and car window placard if they are a pick-up student) on their Assessment Day which will correlate with their method of heading home. Walk-ers and Bus Riders will exit the school as they have traditionally at West Ridge. Bus students will exit the east doors and load in the rear of the school. Walkers may exit any door and will be asked to walk home using the supervised cross walks. Students who are to be picked up by car will be directed to the front of the school and eventually escorted to their parents car. We will continue to have supervision present at every crosswalk and designated areas to help supervise and ensure safety, but we must have parent cooperation! If you would be interested in volunteering to help with any of the crosswalks, please contact the office.
All cars will be funneled in two lines of traffic entering from the South entrance of the main driveway as usual. Students will be assigned a color according to their last name and will line up on the sidewalk out front. They will be released to cars marked with identification cards that correspond with the child’s color coded identification tag. Once students are safely loaded, those cars will be released and the next set of cars in line will be loaded in the same fashion until all students and cars have been safely loaded and dismissed. Additional information regarding this process is provided for parents who designate their children as pick-up students during Assessment Days.
A-E Blue ID tag F-J Green ID tag K-M Orange ID tag N-R Purple ID tag S-Z Yellow ID tag ‘Walkers’ White ID tag ‘Bus Riders’ Red ID tag
If your child walks to school, please have them use only the crosswalks to cross streets. If you drop-off your child, please do not use the bus lane on the east side of the building. There is a “Hug & Go” lane in the front parking lot for immediate drop-offs. “Hug & Go” should only occur next to the sidewalk. Dropping off from the “Drive Through” lane creates a safety concern for all kids who must weave through traffic.
THE ONLY EXCEPTION to use of the bus zone is for Kid Zone drop off / pickup between the hours of 6:30-8:00am and 3:45-6:00pm. If any bus is in the round-about you may NOT enter.
Parking Lot/ Parking
Parents are expected to use our parking lot if they plan on getting out of their car, or if their child has not made it out of the building by the time your car reaches the loading zone. Cars will not be allowed to park in our driveway at any time. Please take special note of our “Handicapped Parking” spots— it is expected that these spots are only utilized by those legally authorized, as a courtesy to their special needs.