School buses and vans use the bus loop to drop off children at the school entrance. Parents dropping off their children are asked to use the outer loop around the parking area. Beginning at 8:25 AM, adults supervise the children as they arrive. Students in second and third grades report to the cafeteria. Students in kindergarten and first grade report to the gymnasium. Pre-Kindergarten students enter through our west entrance. Our third grade safety patrol members meet kindergarten and first grade students at the front door and escort them to the gym. Students arriving late (after 8:50 AM) must report to the office and be signed in by a parent/guardian before proceeding to their classrooms.
Pre-Kindergarten - Grade 3
Dismissal is at 3:20 P.M.
Each summer, parents are given written notice of our school’s dismissal plan and must return signed authorization for each day’s routine and emergency dismissal procedures (bus, car pick up, hand-to-hand, YMCA aftercare, etc). These procedures are in effect for the entire subsequent school year (Mahwah BOE Pupil Supervision After School Policy 8601). Any permanent changes to the dismissal plan must be made in writing via the submission of a new dismissal procedure form. Daily changes should also be made in writing via a note to the child’s teacher (or via phone to our Main Office if unavoidably last minute).
For safety reasons and to avoid disruption to instruction, parents/guardians are asked not to enter the front doors at dismissal time.
BUS: Students taking a bus home at 3:20 PM will line up in the gymnasium. To assist the students with this process, at the start of the school year each bus student wears a laminated, color coded circle that represents his/her bus route and lines up based on that color. Please tell your child’s teacher if your child needs a new circle.
PICK UP BY CAR: Students being picked up by car exit the front doors at approximately 3:20. Parents line up in cars on the outer loop around the parking area. Vehicles should display the child’s name on a piece of paper in the front window so that we may quickly match children with cars.
HAND TO HAND: Parents who wish to stand and wait for their children are asked to do so outside on the right side of the building behind the barricade. Doors will open at 3:20 and children will exit out the extreme right side of the front doors. School staff will match children with adults.
AFTERCARE: Students in aftercare arranged with the YMCA from 3:20 - 6:00 PM will meet in the cafeteria at dismissal.
If Lenape Meadows closes early because of inclement weather, all after school activities, including the YMCA program, are canceled.
Students who have had aftercare arranged for them in programs not meeting at Lenape Meadows School will line up in the gymnasium to await transportation provided by those schools.
Please review bus stop procedures with your child. We are very concerned about safety, and reviewing these procedures with your child will assist us in that endeavor. Students are permitted to exit the bus at their stop only, and may not get off at another stop for a play date, babysitting purposes, etc.