Carpool Procedures

ARRIVAL OF  MOTHER'S MORNING OUT CHILDREN
Mothers accompanying MMO children may park briefly on Lexington by the playground and in front of the Kirk House. Please do not block the alley. You will need to walk your child into the building using the yellow door. Please do not leave until the classroom teacher is aware of your arrival.

DISMISSAL OF MOTHERS' MORNING OUT CHILDRENParents must arrive no later than 12:30 p.m. to pick up Mother's Morning Out students.  When parking on Lexington, PLEASE DO NOT PARK IN THE CARPOOL LINE.  This causes the carpool line to back up and creates a dangerous situation.  Please retrieve your child quickly. Please do not park in the beautiful parking lot across the street.  Crossing  the street at carpool time is dangerous. You may park in front of the Kirk House or in its driveway, making certain that you do not block the alley.

ARRIVAL 
This procedure calls for patience and requires several minutes, but the time involved is important to insure the safety of everyone.  At arrival and dismissal times, traffic on Lexington is dangerous, so all drivers must be attentive and follow the directions below.  Drive though the church parking lot off of San Juan Avenue, bear right and turn left onto Lexington.  Please do not arrive before 8:45.  At that time a designated staff member will be on duty to assist your child with entering the playground. Pull your car alongside the Lexington curb and stop at the orange cone placed at the curb in front of the gate. TURN OFF YOUR CAR AND ASSIST YOUR CHILD IN EXITING YOUR VEHICLE. WAIT BY YOUR CAR UNTIL A TEACHER COMES TO ESCORT YOUR CHILD TO THE PLAYGROUND. PLEASE DO NOT ATTEMPT TO WALK YOUR CHILD TO THE GATE.  Three cars can unload at once. Do not pull forward until the car in front of you has moved forward.  If you are on a bike or pushing a stroller, please have your child enter the playground through the gate in front of the red door. If you arrive after nine o'clock and the children have gone inside, please walk your child into the building through themain entrance to the school on Herschel Street.  You will need to be buzzed in and then walk your child to his/her classroom.  Please make certain your child's teacher is aware of your arrival.

 DISMISSAL / ST. JOHNS PICK UP PASS
We cannot allow a child to go home with anyone other than his/her parents or a person designated by them.  Any change must be made in writing. Everyone must have an official color coded St. Johns pick up pass. It will help us to identify you and your car, so please attach it to the right front windshield.

DISMISSAL
The two year old classes will be dismissed for carpool at 12:30.  Please follow the procedures below to insure a safe, speedy pick up. If you wait until after 12:30 to arrive, you will be in the long, slow pick up line, so come early.
To pick up your child drive along the Lexington curb. Please make sure that your pick up pass is visible on the right front windshield.  A staff member will direct you to stop at one of the orange cones. TURN OFF YOUR CAR, EXIT YOUR CAR AND WAIT AS A TEACHER ESCORTS YOUR CHILD TO YOU. YOU WILL THEN ASSIST YOUR CHILD IN GETTING INTO AN APPROVED, AGE APPROPRIATE CHILD SAFETY SEAT. If you do not have an approved car seat in your car, you must park on Herschel and pick up your child at the walking gate. Encourage your children to fasten their own seat belts; if they can't, you will do it for them. If your child has forgotten something, pull into a parking space on Herschel and a teacher will retrieve the item and bring it to you.  This way the other cars can continue to move along.The traffic on Herschel is heavy. Please do not attempt to turn left. To keep traffic flowing you will only be allowed to turn right onto Herschel.  If there is a delay of any sort DO NOT pull out of the line and attempt to go around the other cars.  This is very dangerous and has resulted in accidents and near misses. Let's teach our children the value of patience by our example. 
NO CHILD WILL BE PUT INTO A CAR OR TAKEN OUT OF ONE IF THE DRIVER IS TALKING ON A CELL PHONE. ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL REQUIRES YOUR FULL ATTENTION. YOUR CHILD NEEDS A WARM GOOD BY AND A FOND HELLO. 
A $10 late fee will be billed to you if you pick your child up in the office after 1:00.

WALKING GATE
If you are picking up one or two children and do not want to wait in the carpool line, please park in front of the building on Herschel Street and walk to the gate closest to Herschel. It will be necessary to hold your pick-up pass above your head so we can identify you.  The teachers will see you and send your child to the walking gate.  

ALLEY
It runs one way behind the church from Shirley Street to Lexington Avenue.  Please DO NOT drive into the alley from Lexington or turn around in the alley.  The alley should only be used during Rainy Day drop-off and pick-up.  It should NOT be used as a "short cut" route.  Please remember that there is a stop sign before you enter Lexington Ave.