Arrival/Dismissal Safety Rules and Procedures
In an effort to ensure Webster students are consistently safe and secure during arrival and dismissal periods of the school day, please note that the School Safety Committee added several more important rules and/or procedures to the original memorandum. Therefore, please review and adhere to the following school rules and/or procedures listed below:
- AM Drop off by car is at the driveway to the east of the main building, to the right side of the cones. PLEASE DO NOT PARK AND LEAVE YOUR CAR IN THE DROP-OFF ZONE.
- Always watch for pedestrians walking on the sidewalks in front of the entrance and exit to staff parking lot. No cars are permitted to be parked on Washington to either the left or right side of the school exit.
- AM Drop-off for WALKERS ONLY is at the Pepper St gate to the west of the main building, parents must escort their children through the gate in the morning; parents may wait w/child in the designated area for each grade level (7:50am)
- Please do not drop your child(ren) off at the school site BEFORE 7:30am as the staff are not on duty until 7:30am; as an FYI, the school may be adding an AM childcare LEARNS program this school year and there will be more updates to come for parents, but please contact me if interested
- Students and parents must freeze when the 7:50am bell rings and wait for teachers on duty to release them to their designated areas on playground.
- PLEASE DO NOT DROP OFF YOUR CHILD ON PEPPER ST. IT IS NOT A DROP-OFF ZONE FOR CAR RIDERS.
- BIKES-Please do not ride bikes, scooters, and/or skateboards onto campus; there will be parents, students, and staff walking or waiting on sidewalks around the school and we don’t want an accident.
- Bike helmets must be worn while riding a bike (STATE LAW).
- WALK bikes or scooters onto campus to the blue bike racks, which are located next to designated car drop-off/pick-up area in school parking lot.
- Bikes and scooters must be locked at the bike rack during school day.
- Skateboards are not permitted on school campus as students could be injured and school staff cannot secure or store them on campus safely.
- Parents, if you are walking and then waiting with your child in the mornings, please say goodbyes at 7:50am and then immediately exit the school campus. The gates and doors will be locked at approximately 8:15am; there will be one school building entrance opened during the school day for school visitors.
- Please do not enter or interrupt classrooms in morning as students are expected to immediately begin their morning work routines and teachers are busy setting up for the morning lessons, etc.
- Any parent and/or adults entering the Daniel Webster School campus for volunteering, conferences, meetings, events, etc. must always report directly to front office for sign-in and the issuing of a visitor’s sticker by office staff.
- NO ADULTS should ever be using any student restrooms on campus while volunteering and/or attending a school-wide event /meeting; the adult restrooms are located at the back of front office area and in main hallway across from Room 115 on the 1st
- Classroom observations by parents must be approved by principal beforehand; teachers must be given at least a 24-hour notice by principal and visitation may not take more than 25-30 minutes.
- Any violations of school safe procedures during arrival should be reported directly to a staff member and/or school principal.
- Pick up all students in K thru 5th grades outside (not inside) the school building where the classes line up by the driveway under Pergola.
- Parents, please do not enter building or school campus before dismissal (2:15pm) to retrieve your child from the classroom, playground, and/or hallway class line walking to the dismissal area.
- Do Not wait in the hallway while classes are dismissing to their designated areas as children may not be pulled from their class lines while teachers are walking with them.
- Parent Security: there are court/custody orders that require the school site to adhere strictly to and monitor who students are picked up by during dismissal time. Any court order/custody documents must be submitted to front office staff at beginning of school year so school can notified staff members associated with child (ren) in timely manner.
- Foot traffic must always use sidewalks and crosswalks.
- Dogs (pets) should not be brought onto the school campus due to student allergy concerns as well as the possibility of the dog biting students, staff members, and/or other parents on the school campus.
- If you wish to park at dismissal time, please use the parking lot at St. James Methodist Church to the west of the school, NOT the Webster parking lot.
- CARS-Pick up is located at the one way driveway off Washington Blvd for grades K-5; wait in coned lane to the right and pull up to the curb; students are lined up by grade level at dismissal and will be loaded into your car quickly.
- School Parking Lot Gates will be closed at approximately 8:15am and opened at approximately 1:45pm.
- Drivers should pull forward as far as possible when dropping off and picking up students so that we can accommodate as many cars as possible.
- Please be courteous and do not double-park anywhere in the parking lot, especially in the marked fire lanes as violators will be warned first and reported for continued violations.
- Please do not pass other vehicles in the car rider line, wait your turn to pull forward, it will only take a couple of minutes.
- Please remind your child about car rider dismissal procedures: particularly that he/she is sitting and watching closely for his/her car, then especially waiting for the car to pull as far forward as possible in car line as before getting into the vehicle. Children must never grab the car door handle while car is in motion at any time.
- Students should be actively searching for their car while waiting and never playing on soccer field and/or rough playing in back of student line areas.
- Students breaking rules on a consistent basis during dismissal period may be reassigned by the school staff and/or Principal to the front office waiting area.
- Parent Parking is located at St. James Church lot on Washington Blvd;
Many parents choose to exit their cars, walk, and wait for their child at bottom of the stairwell at 2:15pm.
- Our neighbors have requested that you consider not parking in the streets in front of their homes, especially not in front of their driveway.
- Note that double parking in the driveway is strictly prohibited.
- Please note the Altadena Sheriff will be checking periodically for cars parked illegally in fire lane (red curb area next to fence by building).
- New safety signs for the parking lot were ordered and replaced by the school site/district several years ago.
- BUSSES- all busses will use Washington Blvd. (Special Ed students only)
- There is no parking and/or pick up in front of the school site for car riders
- PRE-K DROP OFF AND PICK UP PROCEDURES WILL BE COMMUNICATED TO PARENTS BY THE PRE-K TEACHER.
- WALKERS-children who walk will use the fenced walkway along the west end of the driveway; no jaywalking at any time! They may not hang out at school site and play with the students in the after school programs.
- CLARIFICATION- The school parking lot is only for persons needing parking with a disability placard and Webster staff members during dismissal period (1:45-2:30pm).
The staff and I truly appreciate your continued assistance and cooperation with maintaining a safe campus for all our children. Since Webster implemented new and improved safety procedures last school year, the safety for everyone in our parking lot area during dismissal has improved tremendously, however, since that time; we need a concerted effort by entire school community again to ensure safety for all students, staff, and parents during last week of the 1st trimester of this school year.
Please feel free to contact me at your convenience if you have further questions and/or concerns at email@example.com
Jeffrey C. Bauer, EdD
Daniel Webster School