Dropoff and pickup, fall 2020


Dropoff and pickup procedures will be part of the walkthroughs that all families are asked to attend on Tuesday and Wednesday, September 8th and 9th. Details at www.gordonschool.org/next 

Arrival to Early Gators and YAP

7:15 to 7:55am - only for students registered for early care

Before arriving

This fall, Early Gators and YAP care (from 7:15 to 7:55am) is only open to families who registered in advance. Registration for the fall closed August 25th. Registration for the winter will open in November. Families who have an emergency circumstance should contact Jenny Alario at jalario@gordonschool.org.

By 7:00am, these families will screen every Gordon child in the household for COVID-19 symptoms and use the safety app to determine if their child is cleared to come to campus.
 

Entering the field house

Students should enter campus through the gate by the wooden gator in the Early Childhood playground and follow the path to the Nelson Center entrance. One caregiver can accompany them to the door. 

Caregivers and children should stay on the path and should not walk through the playground or use the play structures.

Anyone walking in should stay six feet apart from other adults and children. The path will have signs to help remember physical distancing.


In the field house

Kim O’Donnell will check students in at the Nelson Center desk and confirm that each student is cleared to be on campus. No parents will be allowed in the Nelson Center, but Ms. O’Donnell can meet students at the door.

Students who have not completed the safety app or were not cleared to be on campus will not be allowed into the Early Gators and YAP areas. Instead, they will wait near the Nelson Center desk until their parents or caregivers are contacted.

Students will meet in the field house and the dining hall, physically distanced, and each house will maintain fourteen feet of separation.

At 7:55am, students will be dismissed to their classrooms. Protocols are in place to supervise this process while maintaining social distancing, and dropoff for the rest of the school will not happen until this process is complete and students are in their houses.
 

Dropoff as the school day begins

Before arriving

By 7:30am, all families will screen every Gordon child for COVID-19 symptoms to determine if they are cleared to be on campus.

If a child is not cleared to be on campus after completing the safety app, keep them home. Parents do not need to call Kim O’Donnell to say the child isn’t coming in.

If students will be absent because of something besides health, please call Kim O’Donnell at 401 434-3833.


Car drop off for caregivers not walking students to their house

Students in all grades except sixth and eighth should be dropped off by car at the entrance of the flagpole loop. Staff will direct them first to check in with staff and then to the Gator Path where they will walk directly to their house.

Students in sixth and eighth grades should be dropped off in front of the Middle School. Staff will direct them first to check in with staff, then into the Middle School.


House drop off for caregivers walking students to their house

Caregivers walking a child to their house door may park in the parking lot directly in front of the school, noting that some spaces are reserved for Early Childhood, and on surrounding streets. Please do not block neighbors' driveways.

Caregivers and students will proceed into the flagpole loop to check in with staff. Once checked in, caregivers and students will be directed to the Gator Path where they should proceed to the student’s house.

Caregivers must drop all students in their care to their respective house doors. No caregiver can enter the classroom.

The Gator Path is one-way. After dropping the child off at the house door, caregivers will continue around the building, making sure to walk in the same direction and not bunch up at doorways and intersections.

Special attention should be paid walking through the Kindergarten neighborhood. Make sure to follow the Gator Path signs and walk on the grass away from the Kindergarten classroom doors.
 

About check-in

All students will report to check-in upon arrival.

Caregivers who are walking students in should be prepared to quickly show their green pass from the safety app. For those who do not have access to the pass, staff will have a list to confirm that the child has been cleared to come to campus.

Students who are cleared to come to campus will proceed to the Gator Path maintaining physical distancing as they make their way to their house.

Students who are not cleared to come to campus will be directed to one of two tents located nearby to complete an in-person screening or wait to be picked up by a caregiver.
 

Late arrivals and early dismissals

After September 21st, the school day begins at 8:20am for Nursery to eighth grade.

There will be times when an appointment will require that a student leave school before the end of the school day or cause them to arrive late. Whenever possible, please schedule appointments in a way that does not require multiple arrival or departure times.

Late arrivals

When arriving after the beginning of the school day (note the staggered start times for the first week of school), please park and call Kim O’Donnell at 401-434-3833 to let her know you’ve arrived. She will notify your child’s teacher.

Parents and caregivers should then proceed on the Gator Path and walk to the exterior door of the house classroom to drop off their child. Students who arrive late cannot walk to their house on their own.

Early dismissals

When picking up a child during the school day, please call Kim O’Donnell at 401-434-3833 to let her know you’ve arrived and then proceed to the front circle by car or wait under the bell tower in person. Kim will notify your child’s teacher.

Early dismissals should be communicated as far in advance as is possible so that neighborhood teaching teams can plan. Early dismissals not communicated at the beginning of each day may result in caregivers needing to wait while students are located and supervision is coordinated.

Early Childhood and Lower School students will be escorted from their house to the front of the building. Middle School students will make their way to the front of the building using the Gator Path in reverse. Middle School students must check out with Kim O’Donnell in the front office before leaving campus.

Early Childhood families who have established a part-time schedule do not need to call each day. Caregivers should proceed to the front circle by car or wait under the bell tower in person. A teacher will escort children there.

Caregivers picking up a child due to illness should call Kim O’Donnell at 401-434-3833. Then,  caregivers should use the Nelson Center path, proceed directly to the back of the Nelson Field House adjacent to Engle Field to pick up their child from Health Services. 
 

Dismissal

3:20 Monday to Thursday, 2pm Friday

To ensure an efficient and safe dismissal, all caregivers will stay with their cars at dismissal. 

Gordon has taken significant measures to reduce the density of people during dismissal. To help with this goal, caregivers cannot park and walk on campus to pick up their child unless there is an extenuating circumstance.


Before dismissal

Students will gather at three pickup points.

Pickup A is for children in Kindergarten, first, and fourth grades
Pickup B is for children in second grade, Nursery, Preschool and Young Kindergarten
Pickup C is for children in third grade and Middle School

People who need to pickup in Group A should approach the school from Martin Street. This is the approach for people who are picking up only in A, in A and B, or in all three.

People who need to pickup in Group B, but not A, should approach the school from Vincent Avenue, the street that leads directly into Gordon's front driveway. This is the approach for people who need to stop just at B, or at both B and C. Please avoid Martin Street.

People who need to pickup only in Group C, but not A or B, should approach the school from Hilltop Road. This will keep you on the side of the school opposite Martin Avenue. Hilltop is parallel to Martin, on the Middle School side of the school.

This may require learning a new approach to the school! 

Please refer to the map below (click to enlarge) and take a look at Google Maps as well.

The most important thing is that people who do not need to pickup at A should avoid Martin Street.

 


Dismissal

Dismissal will be heavily staffed, and parents will be directed carefully at each point in the pickup process. 

Dismissal will run smoothly, and even quickly, if everyone arriving to pickup a child:

  • remains with their car
  • approaches the school from the correct direction
  • knows the names and grades of the children they are picking up
  • wears a mask when talking to staff
  • listens to staff's directions
  • drives slowly and carefully while following those directions

Caregivers should plan on helping children open doors and buckle up.

 

After school: 3:20 to 5:30pm

Picking up from Gators and YAP between 3:20pm and 5:30pm

Parents and caregivers picking up children from Gators and YAP should know the name of each child's house and should be ready to show identification.

While on campus, parents should remain on the Gator Path around the school, and walk one-way, clockwise.

Parents picking up students in Nursery to fourth grade should park in the parking lot near the Early Childhood playground or the business office, and use the Gator Path to walk clockwise around the school to the student's house door (or, for fifth grade, the door at the top of the exterior stairs).

If the house is there, the parent should wait outside the classroom while their student gathers their belongings. If the house is not there, they are outside; the parent should call Kim Mongeon at 401-434-3833 to coordinate the pickup.

Parents picking up Middle School students should park in the Middle School parking lot. 

For fifth and seventh grades, before 5pm, they should walk to the exterior door of the student's house. If the house is there, the parent should wait outside the classroom while their student gathers their belongings. If the house is not there, they are outside; the parent should call Kim Mongeon at 401 434-3833 to coordinate the pickup.

For sixth and eighth grades, before 5pm, parents should call Kim Mongeon at 401-434-3833 from their car, and she will coordinate pickup. 

Parents picking up Middle School students after 5pm should go to the Middle School parking lot; their students will be waiting for them on the field near the parking lot.
 

Picking up from athletics and theater at 5pm

Theater rehearsal ends at 5pm. Students will exit to the flagpole circle and parents and caregivers should drive through and pick them up.

Athletes can be picked up in the Middle School parking lot. 

Parents and caregivers should not exit their cars if they are picking up from athletics and theater.

Frequently asked questions

Do I have to walk my child to their house?

No. Any child able to walk themselves may do so as long as:

  • their safety app has been filled out and they have been cleared to be on campus
  • they are masked, and 
  • they know how to maintain distance on the path. 

There will be adults posted along the path to help.
 

May I walk my child to their door?

Yes. You must be masked and only one adult can accompany each child. After dropping off, you will have to complete the one-way Gator Path around the school to depart campus.


Can I grab a cup of coffee in the Commons?

Sadly, no. The Commons is effectively closed for the time being. You are encouraged to have a socially distanced coffee (on Gordon) at Seven Stars or Borealis. Contact Claire Phipps at cphipps@gordonschool.org to arrange getting a gift card to have coffee with a Gordon friend.
 

What if I get to school after 8:20 or need to leave before 3:20?

There will be times when an appointment will require that a student leave school before the end of the school day or cause them to arrive late. Whenever possible, please schedule appointments in a way that does not require multiple arrival or departure times.

When arriving after the beginning of the school day (note the staggered start times for the first week of school), please park and call Kim O’Donnell at 401 434-3833 to let her know you’ve arrived. She will notify your child’s teacher. Parents and caregivers should then proceed on the Gator Path and walk to the exterior door of the house classroom to drop off their child. Students who arrive late cannot walk to their house on their own.

When picking up midday, please call Kim O’Donnell at 401 434-3833 to let her know you’ve arrived. She will radio your child’s classroom, and your child will be escorted to the front of the school. Middle school students who can walk on their own should come to the front of the school on the Gator Path and check out with Kim O’Donnell.
 

What if we didn’t do the safety app before 7:30am?

Complete it before you leave your house. If you are cleared to be on campus, make your way to campus. Understand that your child may experience a wait before being cleared to go to their classroom.


What if we aren’t cleared to come on campus after filling out the safety app?

You can not come to campus that day. Nurse Horton will call you later in the day.


What if my child has a hard time saying goodbye?

All parents and caregivers can walk their child to the classroom door. Parents cannot enter the classroom this year. In Early Childhood, there will be a member of the Gordon faculty and staff outside the classroom to assist you if your child is having difficulty separating. 


Can I park and walk onto campus to pick up my child for 3:20pm dismissal?

No. Cars will line up along Martin Street and Maxfield Avenue, check in with Clare Blackmer (at the driveway at the end of Hazard Ave), and be directed to the appropriate driveway.

 
If I have just one child who is at pickup location B or C, can I just drive to that location?

No. All cars must check in with Clare Blackmer who will radio ahead to the people supervising at each location.
 

So if I have one child in Kindergarten, one in Nursery and one in third grade I will have to “snake” in and out of pickup locations?

Yes. And you have to start at location A so that all cars are traveling in the same direction.


This sounds like it is going to take forever! Should I arrive early or wait until I think the line is almost over?

The bell rings at 3:20pm Monday through Thursday and 2:00pm on Friday. Cars will likely not begin moving until five minutes after the bell, as students need to get to their respective locations. With some patience and practice, this process should not take more than twenty minutes. 
 

Why can’t I have all my children wait together in one location?

All children need to remain with their respective houses during the day.
 

In previous years, approximately seventy students were picked up daily in the dismissal car line. The vast majority of students remained in Gators, YAP, an enrichment, athletics, theater, etc. well beyond the 3:20 bell. We anticipate this year that the majority of students will be picked up just after dismissal. With so many additional cars, it is important that we get everyone off the neighboring streets and onto campus grounds as safely and efficiently as possible.