HERE WE COME & THERE WE GO
a guide to FMS student arrival and dismissal
Students may arrive between 8:15-8:25am. Students may not arrive on school grounds prior to 8:15am (9:15am on WED) as they will not be supervised until they are permitted to enter the building at 8:15am. Students arriving after 8:25am (9:25am on WED) are considered tardy and need to be signed in by an adult. Please stop in the front office with your student to sign in.
Pull up past the building on the right and loop left to drop students off at the sidewalk that runs along the front of the building. Do not drop off students within the parking lot; wait until it is your turn at the sidewalk. This is for student safety, we do not want them walking in the parking lot near moving vehicles.
WALKING & BIKING
Students walking or biking to school from the south should walk to the yellow poles on the sidewalk on High Street and enter the school grounds from there. Students walking from the north may enter the school grounds at the top of the playground where the fence begins or down at the yellow poles. Students biking from the north must get off their bike at Richardson Street and walk them to the yellow poles or they may ride them through the playground. They may not ride down the hill on High Street.
COMING/GOING DURING THE SCHOOL DAY
It is our desire to have all of our students present every day, all day long. We know that things happen in life that require you to bring your student to school after school starts, dismiss them before the day ends or have them leave for a period of time and then return. Here is some information specific to those situations.
All students arriving after 8:25am (9:25am on WED) are considered tardy and must be signed in by an adult. An adult must also sign in students who have left during the school day and are returning. Please stop in the front office with your student to sign in.
All adults arriving at the school to dismiss a student must check in at the front office.
If the nurse has contacted you to come pick up your student, you must first stop in at the front office to sign them out. If you send a note with your student, an email to the front office or called to let us know what time you will be arriving, we will do our best to have your student waiting for your arrival. If you need to dismiss your student early, we ask that you plan ahead as we are not able to accommodate early individual dismissals after 2:45pm.
The safety of our students is very important to us and we work hard to ensure that we get each student to the right place at the end of the school day. Dismissing over 200 students each day is a complicated process that requires pre-planning and coordination. We keep a database of our students’ dismissal plans using the information from the Transportation Form you completed. The dismissal information is then shared with the homeroom teachers and our dismissal staff, to ensure that we are dismissing students properly.
Each day we begin our dismissal process at 2:55pm by dismissing our first round of Bus Riders followed by Walkers.
We then dismiss our second round of Bus Riders and then after the buses clear (3:10pm or after) we dismiss our Pick Ups.
Half-Day dismissals follow the same sequence of events, beginning at 11:55am.
WALKERS & PICK UPS dismiss at different times
Walkers - students who are leaving the property on foot, dismissed when our first set of busses has cleared.
Pick ups - students who are leaving the property in a vehicle, dismissed after all bus traffic has left (3:10pm or after).
We need you to keep us informed of dismissal changes, whether it is a long-term change or just a change of plans for that day. You can send a note with your student, call the front office or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Same day dismissal changes should be reported to the front office no later than 2:00pm. We will not make any changes in transportation without your permission.
Bus services are provided through a contract with a private carrier. Bus schedules will appear in the newspaper prior to the beginning of the school year. All Fisher-Mitchell students who live over ½ mile from the school are eligible for transportation. Students may be required to walk up to ½ mile to a bus stop. BUS RULES: Remain seated. Face the front of the bus. Keep hands and feet to yourself and out of the aisle, Use a quiet voice to talk to the person next to you, No eating and drinking, Keep the bus clean by cleaning up after yourself, Use kind and respectful language. Students who violate the bus rules will be sent home with a bus slip. Upon receipt of a third bus notice, the student and parents will meet with the principal to determine a corrective plan of action. The principal and/or Bath Bus reserve the right to remove students from the bus for a period of time based upon rule violations at any time.
PICK UP DISMISSAL INSTRUCTIONS
The Pick Up time is set for 3:10pm for safety reasons as the last bus leaves at or right after 3:10pm. You arrive at or right after 3:10pm-not before. Pull into the bus loop and wait to retrieve your student curbside. Students will be allowed to load in the first vehicle only. Once the first vehicle leaves, the next vehicles pulls forward to load. Do not leave the line by going around vehicles on the left, as some students must enter their vehicles from the driver side.
WHY NOT PARK and PICK UP MY STUDENT UNDER THE AWNING?
Parking within unmarked parking spots blocks emergency vehicle access and disrupts traffic flow. Parking in marked parking spots and walking up to meet a student results in unsafe pedestrian traffic in the parking lot and disrupts the traffic flow.