Carpool

Envision Science Academy has strict carpool guidelines to ensure the safety of our students, staff and volunteers, and the efficiency of our arrival and dismissal process.

GENERAL GUIDELINES

  • Drivers should not enter the carpool line from any other direction for safety reasons and as a courtesy to other drivers.
  • For the safety of students and staff, please do not use cell phones while the carpool line or during carpool.
  • Students are encouraged to buckle, unbuckle, and open and close the car door unassisted. Drivers should stay in the vehicle at all times during carpool. Staff or volunteers will assist students who need help getting in or out of vehicles.
  • Students should be ready to disembark as soon as the vehicle comes to a halt. Please allow students to walk inside independently.
  • If you need to accompany the student inside, please park in the parking lot and cross at the crosswalk following the direction of the staff on duty. Parents will be required to sign in at the main office and display a visitor’s badge while in the building.
  • Students arriving after the start of instruction time will be considered tardy and must be accompanied to the main office by parents/guardians who should sign them in.
  • If a driver prefers to park and walk in to retrieve a student, he/she will need to wait until the end of the carpool period.
  • To ensure the safety of all, students are not allowed to load items into the back of a car while in the carpool line or to cross between cars. If trunk space is necessary for storing school materials, students should hold their items until the driver leaves the carpool line and is able to park and safely repack.
  • All ESA families will receive new carpool numbers and carpool tags for the 2017-2018 school year. Each family will receive 3 tags and can purchase up to two additional tags for $5 each. In order to pick up your children in carpool starting on the first day of school, you must have a new carpool tag. No exceptions will be made. Feel free to contact the school office with any questions.
  • Carpool tags must be displayed from the rear view mirror for the duration of the carpool period and until students are in their vehicles. Once all of your students are in the vehicle the carpool tag should be removed to indicate that you are ready to depart.
  • If multiple families decide on ride sharing, all carpool tags should be displayed from the rear view mirror.
  • Drivers not displaying an official ESA carpool tag will be required to park and enter the building at the end of the carpool period to show proper identification before students will be released into their custody. There will be NO EXCEPTIONS to this policy, even when the driver is familiar to students and/or staff.
  • Written authorization must be on file in the office for any adult to pick up any student other than his or her own child(ren).
  • Any exception to this rule would require parents/guardians to provide written notice to the student’s teacher on the day of the change.
  • Courtesy to other drivers, staff, and volunteers is greatly appreciated during our carpool process at all times.
  • If pets are brought to school, they must remain in the vehicle.
  • Please explain these guidelines to other people who may occasionally do carpool on your behalf.

 

Before & After Care

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Before- and after-school care buses will pick up and drop off students at the back parking lot behind the school.


Walkers

For safety reasons, we strongly encourage all students who walk to and from school be accompanied by an adult. The adult must be listed on the student information form in the main office. Afternoon walkers will be released at the end of the carpool period.


Ride Sharing

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If you are in need of ride sharing, the EPA (Envision Parents in Action) has setup a school profile at Carpool World to help connect families.

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MORNING CARPOOL PROCEDURES

  • All vehicles will enter the carpool using the Traditions Grande Entrance. Unless directed otherwise by an ESA staff member (easily recognizable by their neon yellow safety vest), vehicles should enter the “S” turns using both lanes to form a double line.
  • Vehicles should not change lanes after entering the carpool unless directed by staff to do so.
  • Vehicles should follow the solid white line until you reach the back of the line. The line will form at the corner of the upper grades playground. There will be orange cones and signs indicating this point.
  • Vehicles should wait in their position until a staff member directs the line to begin moving. At that point you should follow the vehicle in front of you, paying close attention to the staff members for directions.
  • When directed to do so, the flag pole side line will enter the loading/unloading lane first, staying in your lane. The first car in line should follow their lane and stop near the Oak Grove Church drive. A staff member with a STOP sign should be in place to help direct.
  • Please stop with a minimal distance between you and the vehicle in front of you so that we can fit the maximum number of vehicles in the carpool area. Do not park in the crosswalk. Staff will be there to help direct you.
  • All students will remain in their vehicles until told to exit by the staff. For the flag pole side this will be after the curbside line has fully stopped.
  • After the final vehicle in the flag pole side has moved into position, the curbside will be directed to move. The first vehicle will follow their lane, being very observant in regards to the flag pole line, and stop near the Oak Grove Church drive. Other vehicles will follow until the lane is full. A staff member with a STOP sign will be in place to help direct.
  • Once the final vehicle in the curbside lane has stopped, the staff will instruct students to exit their vehicles.
  • Students may exit their vehicle from either side. Students should walk along the line until reaching either the crosswalk at the front entrance or the sidewalk at the gym entrance and then cross to the curbside at one of these points.
  • Under no circumstance are students to cross to the curbside by walking between vehicles. Students may only cross at the two designated points.
    The carpool staff will confirm that all students are safely on the sidewalk.
  • Once all students are confirmed to be on the sidewalk the staff member with the STOP sign will signal the flag pole side to exit using the Oak Grove Church driveway.
  • When all of the flag pole side vehicles have exited, the curbside vehicles will be directed to exit and the process will begin again.

 

AFTERNOON CARPOOL PROCEDURES

  • All vehicles must display their Envision Science Academy issued carpool tag in order to pick up students in carpool. Homemade tags will not be honored. Additionally, vehicles must display a tag and proper number for all students being picked up. For example, if you are picking up your child and a neighbor’s child you must display the proper tag for both your child and your neighbor’s child. Teachers have been instructed not to release any child whose number has not been displayed in the room.
  • Vehicles without a tag or without all tags needed will be directed to park. After carpool has concluded drivers will then need to go to the main office and show proper picture identification in order to pick up any students. Please note that in order to pick up any student other than your own you must be on the student’s list of approved person’s to pick them up. How well school staff may know you does not factor into the procedure.
  • All vehicles will enter the carpool using the Traditions Grande Entrance. Unless directed otherwise by an ESA staff member (easily recognizable by their neon yellow safety vest), vehicles should enter the “S” turns using both lanes to form a double line.
  • Vehicles should not change lanes after entering the carpool unless directed by staff to do so.
  • Vehicles should follow the solid white line until you reach the back of the line. The line will form at the corner of the upper grades playground. There will be orange cones and signs indicating this point.
  • Vehicles should wait in their position until a staff member directs the line to begin moving. At that point you should follow the vehicle in front of you, paying close attention to the staff members for directions.
  • When directed to do so, the flag pole side line will enter the loading/unloading lane first, staying in your lane. The first car in line should follow their lane and stop near the Oak Grove Church drive. A staff member with a STOP sign should be in place to help direct.
  • Please stop with minimal distance between you and the vehicle in front of you so that we can fit the maximum number of vehicles in the loading area.
  • After the final vehicle in the flag pole side has moved into position, the curbside will be directed to move. The first vehicle will follow their lane, being very observant in regards to the flag pole line, and stop near the Oak Grove Church drive. Other vehicles will follow until the lane is full. A staff member with a STOP sign will be in place to help direct. Vehicles should not park in the crosswalk. Staff will be there to help direct you.
  • All students will remain in their designated area until released to report to the carpool loading area.
  • Students will remain in the loading area at the main door crosswalk until directed to load by the staff member located at the crosswalk.
  • Once all of your students have loaded, please remove your carpool tag from your rearview mirror. This lets our staff know that you have all of your students and are ready to go when the line is released. Vehicles with tags remaining up will be checked to see if you need assistance.
  • Once staff have determined that all students are safely in their vehicles the first driver of the lead vehicle in the flag pole side will be directed to exit using the Oak Grove Church exit. Subsequent vehicles should follow their lead.
  • Any vehicle still waiting on students at this point will be instructed to park in the visitor’s lot and a staff member will bring their child across.
  • Once the flag pole side has exited, the staff will direct the curbside line to exit and the process will begin again.

Carpool Video