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2019-2020 Back-to-School Year Information

Below is information about how the pick-up and drop-off will works, as well as some key dates to put on your calendar. Later we’ll include links to all our back-to-school information that will be emailed to families.

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Student Pick-Up/Drop-Off

There are three main areas for pick-up and drop-off; a pause parking loop, a parking lot, and a bus turnaround.

Pausing Parking Loop

This is the best feature of our parking lot area. In the mornings, students may be dropped off along the sidewalk that encircles our parking lot. At the end of the day, drivers can pause park along the curb to pick up their student(s) when they come out at dismissal. Please note the following rules for pause parking:

  • Drivers must remain in their cars at all times.
  • Drivers should pull forward as space becomes available.
  • Drivers should NOT stop in marked crosswalk areas.
  • When getting in or out of a car, students must use the door on the sidewalk side. Students should never get in or out of a car on the driver’s side. It’s unsafe for the student and it slows traffic.

Drivers must remember to ALWAYS yield at the painted crosswalks and sidewalks.

Map of the traffic flow for Student Pick-Up/Drop-Off

Parking Lot

The parking lot will be for families who want to walk their students into the building during arrival or who wish to meet their students at the main entrance at the end of the day at dismissal. Please note the following rules for the parking lot are:

  • ONLY cross the driveway area using the crosswalk. Students and families should never cut across the driveway.
  • Before using the crosswalk, students must stop and look for cars.

Bus Loop

The bus loop is for buses only. Drivers should at no time enter the bus turnaround area.

Thank you for your cooperation making pick-up and drop-off safe for students and families!

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First Day of School

To give Howard Families a preview of how the first day of school will look next fall, here is our plan:

  • Doors will open at 7:25 AM
  • Students will go to the cafeteria for breakfast, which will be grab-and-go breakfasts for the first day. 
  • Kindergartners will stay in their own area. Other grades will go out to the playground when they are finished eating. 
  • The first bell will ring at 7:50. Kindergartners will meet their teachers in the cafeteria. Other grade levels will line up on the playground and wait to be dismissed to class. 1st and 2nd grade classes will be picked-up by their teachers. 
  • Non-classroom staff will be assigned areas around the building to help guide students and families.
  • DISMISSAL NOTE – Kindergartners and 1st graders being picked up by families need to be picked up in person and not from the pause parking area. KG and 1st graders will not be sent to cars on their own.

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Key Dates

  • Thursday, Aug. 16 – Office Opens
  • Thursday, Aug. 30 – Deadline to enroll and start on first day
  • Friday, Aug. 31, 12:00 – Class Lists Posted
  • Tuesday, Sept. 4, 1:00-2:00 – Meet Your Teacher
  • Wednesday, Sept. 5, 7:50 – First Day of School