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    Our procedures for dropping off children at school in the morning and picking them up in the afternoon are as follows:

    Morning drop-off

    • 7:40 am: Supervision begins at Library, Playground, and Commons; families may drop students off in any of these areas
    • 7:50: Families may accompany students based on the following:
      • PreK & K  – through the Courtyard to their classroom
      • 1st & Dorothy’s K/1 split class – through the Hallway to their classroom
      • 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th – students go to the classrooms by themselves
    • There are four available entrances to the school that will have staff present to welcome families:
      • Front Door 
      • Library Door (West side of NE 77th Street) 
      • Playground (NE 80th St.)
      • Courtyard Entrance (adjacent to Decatur) for Pre-K & Kindergarten at 7:50 AM
      • Please note that the front parking lot is for bus drop-off only

     

    *We understand that these procedures may not work well for every child and family.  If your child needs drop-off assistance, please email administration and your teacher to create a plan to support their entry into the building. Thank you for your flexibility as we implement procedures at the beginning of the year.

     

    Drivers should note the following traffic management plan:

    • For safety reasons, parents/caregivers must not drop off or pick up their children in school bus zones. School buses drop off and pick up students along the sidewalk in the main parking lot (loop driveway).
    • Parents/caregivers who want to drop off their child can do so on the east side of 40th Ave NE and on NE 80th St. next to the playground gate.
    • Parents/caregivers who want to park and walk with their child into school, can do so on NE 77th St., NE 80th St., 40th Ave NE and in the adjacent neighborhood. Thank you for being considerate of neighbors' driveways, ensuring pedestrians' safe routes and respecting regular street parking rules and signs.
    • In order to prevent some of the congestion that can occur on narrower streets parents/caregivers should drive around the school in a clockwise flow pattern as follows:
      • East on NE 80th St
      • South on 43rd Ave NE
      • West on NE 77th St
      Please note that other neighborhood residents will not likely be observing the flow pattern, so caution and slow speeds will still be required, and please be sure not to obstruct intersection visibility if you park.
    • Bike is a great option to come to school and bike racks can be found to the left of the school main entrance as well as next to the entrance on NE 77th St (by the library).
    • To visualize the preferred traffic flow, drop off, parking, no parking, buses zones, as well as the location of school entrances and bike racks consult the map below.

    Thornting Creek parking map

    During school

    • During the school day, access to the school is limited via the main entrance facing 40th Ave NE. Visitors must press the security buzzer located outside the main entrance and wait for the doors to open. All visitors must sign in at the office before going anywhere in the school and sign out upon departure. 
    • Parents/caregivers are welcome in the school any time, with discretion to our learning environment. 
    • If, post-drop-off, parents/caregivers need a comfortable place to sit and chat with other parents/caregivers, they are welcome to use the commons or one of our beautifully landscaped areas outside. This preserves our shared learning spaces for students and creates a "kid-owned" atmosphere in the classroom wings.

    Afternoon pick up

    • Students will be dismissed by the following:
      • Pre-K/K students: Released to their families in the K/Pre-K courtyard
      • 1st & Dorothy’s K/1 split class: Families please wait until 2:20 pm to go to your student’s classroom for dismissal (note: 1:05 pm on early release Wednesdays)
      • 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th: Students will meet their parents in the Commons (please wait under the corresponding grade number for your child)
    • Please note that the front parking lot is for bus pick-up only
    • The playground is open until 3:10 pm without supervision (note: 2:00 PM on early release Wednesdays)