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Transportation and Dismissal



Each day when students arrive at school, they should know how they are going home.  Students will not be allowed to change their usual way of departing school without a written note from the parent or guardian or a message delivered by the office. All car riders must have a school sign in the windshield for pickup.

The office will accept emergency changes until 1:50 p.m. each day.  After this time, dismissal procedures are in place and any changes would be confusing and very difficult except in the case of extreme emergency.  The teacher will not accept the child’s word.  The parent/guardian must write a note.  Notes can be sent with your child, faxed to the school (803-442-6131), or emailed to or  
   ​2:15 p.m. – Daycare and Bus riders are dismissed

   2:20 p.m. -  Car riders are dismissed

   2:30 p.m.-  Quest Zone and Walkers are dismissed.

Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade students will be dismissed from the kindergarten circle while 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students will be dismissed from the 5th grade circle.  Students will not be allowed to exit the playground entrance at dismissal.  The playground is not supervised and students will be reported to the office for failure to leave the school campus promptly.  Students must not remain at the school to play on the playground.

Signing Out Children from School

·       If a child must be signed out from school, the person signing them out must show photo identification. The person must be on the registration card.

·       Children cannot be signed out early from school after 1:50 p.m.


Daycare and Carpool Riders

If your child is absent from school or will not be dismissed with their daycare van or carpool, please notify the driver to let them know that your child will not be riding with them on that day.  Drivers that have to wait for students may cause a delay in the dismissal process.


Bus Procedures

  Bus students will use the front entrance each morning and afternoon upon arrival and at dismissal.  Any changes in riding the bus must be approved by the bus transportation office (442-6106) and the principal.  Only changes due to an emergency will be approved.  The Bus Transportation Office and the principal must approve permanent changes for the remainder of the school year in advance.  This request should be made in writing with the following information provided:

1.  The child’s name and homeroom

2.  How the child was going home previously

3.  The new bus number

  4. The name and address of the person of the home where the child is going. 

  No child will be allowed to switch buses without written notification from the parent and approval from the bus transportation office.

Rules for Bus Riders

  Certain laws and regulations govern the operation of school buses.  Bus conduct and student transportation are included in the Code of Student Conduct issued to each student.

Bus Safety

  Bus transportation is a privilege rather than a right.  Safety on the buses is the prime consideration.  Order on the buses is a major factor.  All students are expected to follow the direction of the bus drivers without hesitation.  Certain rules and regulations are observed when riding the bus.  These rules will be distributed to each student in the Aiken County Code of Student Conduct.  Parents should review the rules with their children.  Students who do not behave properly may be denied the privilege to ride the bus.  Discipline problems on the bus will be handled at school.

  When a student’s conduct requires suspension from riding the bus, it is the sole responsibility of the parent to transport the student.  Students suspended from riding a bus may not ride another bus.  The parents must comply with regular school hours.  If the student is repeatedly tardy or not picked up on time during the bus suspension, the bus suspension may result in school suspension.

  If the misconduct causes the driver not to finish a trip, he/she may return to the school so immediate contact may be made with the student’s parents or he/she may stop to telephone the principal or the bus supervisor.

Traffic Flow

  Cars and buses entering and leaving the front circles are to turn right making Rhomboid Place ONE WAY during the school hours in the morning (7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.) and in the afternoon (1:30 – 2:45 p.m.).  For afternoon dismissal cars picking up students in the third, fourth, and fifth grade circle and line up in front of the parking lot on Rhomboid Place.  The line will continue on Rhomboid Place on the other side of Belair Road.

  For afternoon dismissal at the kindergarten/first grade circle, cars picking up students in kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grades can park in the circle and start the line on Swathmore Avenue toward the girls’ softball field.

 Only buses are allowed in the main circle during regular arrival and dismissal. Do not park your car at the front entrance.  Use the allotted parking spaces.  Do not pass the buses when they are stopped unloading students.  Even if buses are not in the driveway, do not pass other cars and be especially careful, because children and adults are crossing to enter the building.