2020-2021 Concord Elementary Arrival and Dismissal Procedures
The safety of students is our number one priority and it takes staff and families working together to ensure the safety of our students. It is important that the following arrival and dismissal procedures are followed daily for the 2020-2021 school year. This will also be the first year that walkers will be able to use the sidewalk from McKaig Ave. It is important to review the procedures for walkers.
Bus Information - Bus Route Finder:
Bus information about student drop off and pick up is located on the district website. Please use the following link (Click Here) to identify bus pick up/drop off times and locations. It is important to communicate any changes with the transportation as soon as possible. We use current transportation information as our guide to place students on the correct bus at the end of the day. Any changes in family busing arrival and dismissal plans must be communicated with transportation each year. It is also important to communicate with transportation and homeroom teachers if you plan not to use busing. Adjustments from last year, such as babysitter drop off locations, do not apply to this year's busing plan. Parents need to update transportation each year of any babysitter arrangements that affect pickup or drop off. We use current addresses to determine busing assignments for morning and afternoon transportation. The phone number for Troy City Schools transportation department is 937-332-6090.
Students will load buses from the back to the front, rather than by grade level designation. Students will have assigned seats. Efforts to sit siblings together will be made. Students will sit two per seat, unless there is a sibling grouping. Students will be required to wear masks at all times on the bus. At 8:45 A.M., a Concord staff member will have students exit the bus, from front to back. Students will enter their grade level’s door and walk to their classroom, maintaining appropriate distance from their peers. We will unload one bus at a time to help assist with distancing between students.
To help assist with transportation challenges, the district is asking all parents that are able to do so to drop off and pick up their children each day for school. This will lessen the number of students on our buses and will make social distancing measures on buses more manageable. Concord Elementary will not start accepting drop off students until 8:45 AM. We are asking all families to turn right off of OH 718 into the Concord drop off loop, and then also to exit right back onto OH 718. Left hand turns in and out of Concord will dramatically slow the flow of traffic. Students must be dropped off curbside; parents cannot park and walk their child up to the main doors. In an effort to get as many cars as possible off OH 718, we plan to use the side parking lot as an extra loop around, only when it is needed. Students will only exit cars though once they are in the unloading area (along the front sidewalk in front of the building-where multiple staff members will be to monitor and assist students as they exit their vehicles). Students will walk in the main doors of Concord and walk to their classrooms. To help with the flow of traffic we are asking families to stagger their arrival times using the following drop off times:
If you only have student(s) in grades 3-5 - 8:45-8:55 A.M.
If you only have student(s) in grades K-2 - 8:55-9:05 A.M.
If you have students in both grade bands ( K-2 AND 3-5) - 9:05-9:10 A.M.
Students who are connected to the sidewalk off Mckaig Ave. and have been communicated with by the transportation department will be able to walk to school each day. Students are not permitted to walk from Stonebridge Meadows due to the dangers of crossing 718 . Students will continue to be bussed to Concord Elementary from Stonebridge Meadows. Walking to school is very exciting and new for the students of Concord Elementary. Our doors will open at 8:45 AM for students who are walking to school. Students should not arrive before 8:45 AM. If you plan on walking with your child please drop them off at the edge of Concord Elementary property and Mckaig Ave. Students will finish the short walk to the building and staff members will be outside to monitor students. The following are some safety tips for students who are walking to school.
Parents should plan a safe route
Don’t take shortcuts
Young children should walk with an adult
Older students should walk with a friend
Don’t push, shove, or chase each other when near the street
Don’t take rides from people if it wasn’t arranged by a parent
Wear bright-colored clothes
Watch for cars at every driveway and intersection
Stop at the curb or edge of the street.
Look left, right, left, behind you, and in front of you for traffic, and don’t cross until the coast is clear.
Keep looking for traffic until you are done crossing.
We are also working on a bike rack for our students and we will communicate when students are permitted to ride their bikes to school.
We will dismiss bus riding students by grade level starting at 3:25 P.M. An announcement will be made for fifth grade to exit and load. Once loaded, we will continue on with fourth grade, and so on. When students load their bus, they will sit in their same assigned seats from their morning experience. Buses will depart for home once all bus riders are loaded and communication from the pick up zone area verifies that all is clear.
At 3:15 PM we will start dismissal for students who are pick-ups. Students that are pick-ups will be asked to exit to the front of the building. There will be multiple staff members out front to monitor students. Students will stay in their designated grade level waiting zones. Parents will flow through the pick up line, and students will be loaded into cars as they pull through. Staff members will have radios in order to retrieve students that might be in an area different from where the parent is in the pick up line. Parents must use the drive through pick up process; we will not be able to have parents park and stand outside the door for their child to exit. Similar to the morning drop off process, the large side parking lot will be used as an additional looping area in order to lessen traffic congestion on OH 718. Students will only load into their vehicle once it is in the loading area (along the main sidewalk where staff members are monitoring). We are asking our families to try every effort to turn right into Concord and turn right back onto OH 718 to lessen congestion. To help with the flow of traffic we are also asking families to stagger dismissal with the following pick up times:
If you only have students in grades 3-5 - 3:15-3:25 P.M.
If you only have students in grades K-2 - 3:25-3:35 P.M.
If you have students in both grade bands ( K-2 AND 3-5) - 3:35 P.M.
Students who are connected to the sidewalk off Mckaig Ave. and have been communicated with by transportation/Board of Education will be able to walk home from school each day. Students are not permitted to walk home to Stonebridge Meadows due to the dangers of crossing 718. Students will continue to be bussed to Concord Elementary from Stonebridge Meadows. Walkers will be dismissed at 3:25 PM each day. If you plan on meeting up with your child please wait for them at the edge of Concord Elementary property and McKaig Ave. We cannot have parents waiting outside our doors this year due to the flow of student car pick ups and drop offs.
Thank you for your cooperation in supporting this safety plan. Again, it takes staff and families working together to ensure the safety of our students.