New Main Building Walker Dismissal Pilot Update

New Main Building Walker Dismissal Pilot Update

Our two-week main building walker dismissal pilot, which started on January 7th, is now drawing to a close. We would like to begin by thanking everyone for a strong collaboration during our implementation period and for providing helpful feedback through the recent survey that was sent. A thorough review of the community survey results, including a review of the survey comments, and a review of feedback from our faculty members who facilitate main building walker dismissal, was conducted by building administrators, members of the PPLT and members of the faculty and staff. A sample of feedback from children across each grade level was also considered.

Following this joint analysis, the decision was made to extend the pilot period for an additional two weeks with an adjustment to the protocol for 4th graders. While things will remain the same as they have been over the past two weeks for kindergarten, 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade main building walkers, we would like to pilot having 4th graders exit through the main entrance doors. This shift will begin on Tuesday, January 22nd. Parents picking up 4th graders should form a line in the roped off area towards the right of the main entrance, behind the kindergarten pickup line. This area will be designated and marked with signage. Once kindergarten parents have picked up their children, 4th grade parents will then move forward and receive their children. Our hope is that this will provide a safer location for 4th grade parents to wait, reduce the number of pickup locations for families with children in multiple grades, enhance efficiency for fourth graders moving through the building to their exit location, and offer an overhang to more families.

We would like to acknowledge that we received several comments noting that it would be best for siblings to exit through the same door.  While we honor this and fully agree that this would be ideal, unfortunately logistics within the building prohibit us from making that actionable at this time. We also received feedback that the volume of car traffic during dismissal makes it difficult for parents to exit campus efficiently. We continue to encourage bus eligible families to ride the bus to support decreased congestion. From the faculty and staff members with dismissal duty, and from the children we spoke to, there was unanimous, positive feedback that the main building dismissal pilot was a significant improvement over what previously existed, particularly regarding student safety. We will seek additional feedback the week of January 28th, following the 4th grade shift, before finalizing our new main building dismissal protocol.