Our first bell rings at 8:45 AM, when students may report to their classrooms. Students may not be dropped off at school before 8:45 AM unless they are enrolled in the YMCA Early Arrival Program. Students who are not enrolled in the YMCA Early Arrival program should remain in their cars with their parents until the 8:45 AM bell. Students who walk or ride bicycles to school should not arrive before 8:45 AM.
Breakfast begins at 8:45 AM. Students should be in their classrooms by 9:15 AM. Students who arrive after 9:15 AM are tardy. After 9:15 AM parents should bring their child into the office to check in and receive an admittance slip. It is best for students to arrive at school before 9:10 AM so that they can be seated before the bell rings. Late arrival into the classroom, after the tardy bell, puts children at a disadvantage because they miss classroom instruction. Teachers lose time from scheduled learning activities when they must stop to repeat instructions for children who are late. We appreciate your efforts in ensuring that your child arrives at school on time.
There are three arrival procedures at Olive Chapel; bus, carpool, and walkers (those walking from their neighborhoods to the school). We ask that parents not park in the gravel parking lot and “walk” their children to school. Please use one of these three methods to help with our safety procedures. Thank you.
Buses will arrive at the bus loop in front of the main building and enter by the front doors. Buses will unload no earlier than 8:45 am and staff members and student safety patrols will direct students to the building. Parents of students with special needs may also drop their children off in the bus loop.
Carpoolers and Daycare van riders may be dropped off only in the carpool lanes (in front of the gym) between 8:45 and 9:15 a.m. where they will be directed into the building by staff members and student safety patrols.
Be courteous to pedestrians. If pedestrians are waiting to cross the carpool lane, please stop. For the safety of our students, please do not use cell phones in the carpool lane.
Unless we receive written instructions from you to the contrary, we will always send a child home his/her usual way. Any transportation changes must be requested in writing by a parent or legal guardian. Please send these notes in with your child in the morning. If you have an emergency transportation change that you can’t request in writing, please call the school office prior to 2:30 PM. Please phone the school office only in case of an emergency. We’ll notify your child’s teacher. Please don’t send an e-mail to the teacher during the school day to request a transportation change… he or she is busy teaching and might not read your e-mail until after dismissal.
We will dismiss at 3:45 PM every day except on these Early Release Days: August 18, September 29, October 20, November 21, December 21, February 9, March 2, and March 29 We dismiss students at 1:15 PM on Early Release Days.