Children should not arrive before 7:30 AM each day. If parents transport, students may
be dropped off at the area indicated in the large parking lot between 7:30 and 8:00 AM. It
is imperative that parents follow the traffic patterns established by the school when
dropping students off. It is preferred that parents not park their cars and walk their child
to the playground as this takes up parking space which is at a premium. Instead,
students should walk directly to the playground. If recess is inside, students go directly to
the Multi-Purpose Room. Students may not go to the classrooms before 8:00 AM.
Dismissal for morning kindergarten is at 11:20 AM and the afternoon session begins at
11:20 AM as well. Parents who transport their children to PM kindergarten should bring
them to the office and sign in. PM kindergarten students may not arrive before 11:20
AM. School dismissal for all other students is at 2:35 PM. If you are picking your child up
after school, please do so by 2:40 in the Preschool Room (former Music Room), where
an HMS staff member will sign your child out. Vehicles are not permitted in the bus
unloading/loading circle area near the main office before 8:15 AM or after 2:25 PM.
Please follow the signs and painted arrows on the pavement.
Preschool parents will drop off and pick up their children at the entrance by the
preschool room in the large parking lot. Parents will need to park and head into the
building. There will be some new spaces in front of the parking lot entrance that are
reserved for preschool parking.
School buses are quite safe and easily the safest means for
children to get to school and back. But here are some
practical lessons taken partly from the National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration and my own background to
maximize their protection:
1. Allow plenty of time to get kids to the bus stop. Children
who are late may be tempted to run into a busy street.
2. Children need to wait in a safe place at the bus stop away
from any traffic.
3. Instruct your children to never, ever, walk behind a bus or
too close in front of a bus. Buses have blind spots that kids
need to be aware of. Before crossing in front of the bus, take
five “giant steps” (about 10 feet) away from the bus.
4. Kids should never stick their hands, heads, or any objects
out bus windows.
5. When in line to get in or out a bus, children need to walk
orderly. This may seem obvious but students become so
comfortable with the bus that they forget it?s a very large
moving vehicle that they need to respect.
6. Students should walk three “giant steps” away from the
bus after they arrive at their destination.
7. If a child drops something near the bus, they should not
pick it up until they talk to a driver or an adult on duty.
Drivers cannot always see children if they are close to the
I hope you get a chance to speak to your children about bus
safety. If you want more information, check out this site.