Traffic Procedures

The school day for all students begins at 8:00am and ends at 3:00pm. All children are placed into cars at traffic time. End-of-school traffic is over at 3:15pm. Any child left after that time is moved to the ESP and the family account is billed for the time the child is in the program. This procedure is for the safe supervision of children. Children must always be signed out of ESP.  Please do not ask for exceptions. This policy is made for children’s safety.



  • All arrivals before 7:50am MUST be signed into Early Morning Arrival* by a parent. 
  • Arrival inside the cottage is expected to occur between 7:50am and 8:10am.  (Staff is present in traffic areas 7:50-8:10am.) 
  • From 8:10-8:20am, parents are responsible for making sure student gets to home cottage safely and is recorded as present.  After 8:20am, ALL students must be signed in at office.  It is imperative that there is an accurate daily attendance record.  Students not in the cottage by 8:15am are tardy. 

ELC/LP must be dropped off outside the ELC building. Teachersand assistants facilitate the procedure. Under no circumstances should a child be allowed to leave a car and walk through traffic line in-between cars.   MP/UP students may get out of cars by themselves at the gym and walk to their respective cottages. Parents may remain in the traffic line and exit to Min Tom Drive.

 * Early Morning Arrival (EMA) is open from 7:00-7:50am at no charge. The program is held in the ESP Center. This service is provided for all children who arrive before 7:50am. For safety, parents MUST escport the children to the program for sign-in. Students are NOT to stay outside or roam unattended.


  • All students are picked up outside the driveway to the gym.  Please do not break line.  Because of the number of cars entering and leaving the lot, please keep children in cars and do not allow them to get out into any areas that either have cars or might have cars.
  • For OCCASIONAL use when your schedule demands its use:

You may park your car in the spaces close to the road in front of ELC and soccer field and personally go to the gym to ask for your child. Children are not to go directly to a parent or car without “officially” being released by a staff member. Please do not stand by the gym door; rather, waiting by the cafeteria eases congestion.  For child safety, cars are not to enter or leave the area directly in front of the administration building during traffic times. Normal entering and exiting may resume when the barricade is taken away.

As tempting as it seems for ELC/LP cars to pull in the first entrance off Min Tom in the morning, doing so places children in danger.  Min Tom Drive entrances are blocked for entrance. They are to be used for exit only.  The traffic pattern map graphic is attached.  To facilitate traffic, a card with boldly lettered names of the riders is helpful.  Keeping this card on the dashboard of your car expedites the departure process. Anyone who is picking up a child should be aware of the procedure to keep traffic running as smoothly as possible.

Children are not to go directly to a parent or car without
“officially” being released by a staff member.



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