Arrival and Dismissal Procedures
We have a new traffic pattern for arrival and dismissal at Blanton this year. Information is listed below and a video is posted to YouTube if you would like a visual. You can find it listed as Blanton/Harpool Traffic Patterns (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWVjaJrVhlw&t=4s).
Student drop-off is at the back of the school at the cafeteria circle. Parents are to enter the “Parent Drive” on the southeast side of the school.
Bus/Day Care drop-off is in the front of the school.
Students may not arrive at school before 7:15 a.m., as there are no adults to supervise until this time, and they will not be permitted to enter the building. Students arriving by bus/day care will enter through the front doors. Students arriving by car between 7:15 a.m. – 7:40 a.m. are to enter through the cafeteria doors at the back entrance of the school. Parents may not enter through the cafeteria doors. The front entrance is available for drop off after 7:40 as the cafeteria doors will lock.
All students should report to the following designated areas if they arrive prior to 7:30 a.m.:
Students eating breakfast should go to the cafeteria.
All other students should report to the gym or the computer lab to wait until the start of the school day.
Staff members will provide student supervision in the cafeteria, computer lab, and gym until 7:30 when students will be dismissed to their classrooms.Dismissal Procedures:
Car riders - Dismissal is at 3:00 p.m. and will be in the cafeteria circle behind the school. Please enter through the drive off Stacee Lane on the side of the school. Car riders will be held in the cafeteria until their car tag number is called. We ask that you remain in your car. Staff members will walk the students to the cars as they arrive at the loading zone. Please do not park your car in the driveway or in the parking lot and come to get your child. Students will only be released to those in vehicles and with visible car tags.
Bus Riders, Daycare and Extended Day – Bus riders and daycare students will be picked up in the front of the school. Dismissal begins for bus, day care and Extended Day students at 3:00 p.m. Students may not ride home on the bus unless they are registered for bus transportation. In addition, students are only permitted to ride the bus to which they have registered.
Walkers- Walkers will be dismissed on the playground side of the building. Parents who are meeting their children may do so at the crosswalk area on Stacee Lane. Staff members will escort students across the crosswalks.
Any changes in dismissal procedures for a student must come via a phone call or note from the parent. It is best to send a note to the child’s teacher and make a phone call to the front office. Calls for changing dismissal must come in to the front office (940-369-0700) by 2:15 p.m. to ensure that we can call into your child’s classroom before they begin dismissing into the hallways. As a safety precaution, school personnel will NOT take a child’s word for dismissal changes. Without notification from you, your child will go home via their “normal” mode. Teachers check their email and phone messages during their conference period or after school. For this reason, we ask that you call the office for ride changes.
If a student is leaving early for a medical or dental appointment, the parent must provide a note from the doctor or dentist verifying the appointment upon their return to school. Office staff members have the obligation of asking for the reason why a child is being picked up before 3:00 p.m. due to the fact that attendance policies apply to students who leave early without any medical documentation.
Students who are checked out through the front office will be allowed to leave only with those individuals listed as guardians or emergency contacts. Proper ID will also be checked with those who are unfamiliar to the front office staff. Both parents/legal guardians will have the right to pick up their children unless the school has legal documents that designate otherwise.