I’ve noticed a driver or person not obeying school procedures. What’s the best way to proceed? First and foremost, we are all looking out for our children’s safety. Please keep in mind that certain arrangements might have been pre-approved by the AWR administration to accommodate a specific circumstance. Therefore, we strongly suggest you refrain from using social media if you observe something that appears to contradict the school’s policies and procedures. If there is a situation that you find troubling or puts others in danger, we strongly suggest you make a note of the car and license plate (or any other pertinent information) and report it to firstname.lastname@example.org. We prefer that communication be done this way, in a private and confidential manner, to avoid any misunderstandings or conflicts. The information will be passed on to our principal, Mrs. Hansen, or the New Providence Police Department if necessary. The Safety Committee has worked hard to provide everyone with as much information as possible, but we know that problems can arise and this is the most effective way of dealing with them.
What is SRTS (Safe Routes to School) SRTS stands for Safe Routes to School. You can click here to learn all the safe routes to AWR.
DROP OFF How early can my children be dropped off and what time do the doors to school open? Doors open at 8:15 am promptly. Children are not to arrive at school unsupervised any earlier. Drop off congestion is the heaviest from 8:25 on so try to arrive earlier.
Where do my children go once they enter the school? Your children will be directed, with help from selected 6th graders (Pride Ambassadors), teachers and staff to their classrooms. They will wait quietly outside their classroom under the supervision of a duty teacher until their homeroom teacher arrives and opens the door to their classroom.
Is there anything I should know about regarding inclement weather? Do your best to arrive by 8:15 and give yourself plenty of time. Lines to drop off are usually longer and parking spaces harder to find. Both entrances will always be open. Procedures do not change.
PICK UP Where are the students dismissed? All Students are dismissed from their classroom. K-2 students dismissed “HAND to HAND” from their classroom. ALL OTHERS will exit either at the MAIN FRONT DOOR Can my children walk home? Absolutely! Walking and biking home is strongly encouraged for grades 3 and up and we hope our interactive map can help you plan your route to and from school. Please note written consent must be given on the INFO SNAP registration form.
Can siblings pick up each other at dismissal? Older siblings(suggested 4th-6th Grade) may pick up younger siblings at their classroom. Please note written consent must be given on INFO SNAP registrationform.
Do I have to go to the classroom door to pick up my children? Pre-K though 2nd Grade students must be picked up “HAND TO HAND” at their classroom doors
3rd Grade-6th Grade may meet parent/caregiver at different location with written consent on the INFO SNAP registrationform.
What if I cannot pick up my child on a particular day? At the beginning of the year each family may provide a list of 3 approved persons or you may send a written note in the morning with your child. The office can only take phoned approvals for emergencies, not for changes in play dates etc.. Check with your teacher too. They are very accommodating if there is a change in plans and in most cases can be reached via e-mail.
GENERAL How do most children get to school? During nice weather on Walk, Bike & Roll to School days almost everyone participates and there are very few cars. After the Spring Bike Rodeo for 3rd Graders there is often a sea of kids biking. In contrast, before we started the Drop & Go and improved procedures, front circle drop off could easily take 20 to 30 minutes a day if rainy or wintry.
Are dogs allowed on school grounds? For the safety and security of all the students, NO DOGS are allowed on school property at any time.
Can my child scooter to school? Yes! Scooters are allowed. Remember to park your scooter at a bike rack as soon as you arrive on school grounds, as bikes and/scooters are not allowed to ridden on school grounds.
Do many kids walk & bike? Many kids find walking or biking to school to be a great transition and that the fresh air and exercise help them organize themselves and that they socialize more with neighbors.