Drop-Off & Pick-Up Procedures

Student Hours

PCESStudents may enter the school building between 7:30 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. There is no adult supervision for students prior to 7:30 a.m. Students who arrive between 7:30 a.m. and 7:45 a.m. should report to the cafeteria until school starts. Our school day officially begins at 8:00 a.m.; therefore, any students arriving after 8:00 a.m. are officially tardy. If your child arrives after 8:00 a.m., please park in a designated parking spot and enter the building to sign him/her in so he/she can receive a tardy pass. A student who is consistently tardy misses vital instruction. Please strive to have your children at school on time daily. It will help to develop a positive pattern for them as they mature.

Morning Arrival for Car Riders

Parents may drop off students beginning at 7:30 a.m. All vehicles should enter using the lane at the easternmost entrance (closest to Route 301) in front of the cafeteria. We ask that you maintain a single line of vehicles and discharge passengers on sidewalks in front of the cafeteria and between the cafeteria and office. We ask that you never drop off a child in the parking lot unattended. If you have school business, or for some reason wish to escort your child onto the grounds, please use the big parking lot in front of the C and F buildings. Please do not park in designated fire lanes in front of the school. Please do not walk between buses that are loading or unloading students. Also avoid using the bus loop from 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. and from 2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Passing a school bus while students are loading or unloading is a traffic violation.

Notifying Staff of Changes in Afternoon Dismissal Plans

If you know your child’s typical dismissal plan will change, please notify the office. If an emergency arises and you need to make a last minute change, please call the school office at (804) 723-3660. Please do not e-mail or text transportation changes.

Early Dismissal for Appointments

If your child has a medical appointment that requires early dismissal, please complete and send in a PCES Change in Dismissal Plans form to make your child’s teacher and office staff aware. Parents who wish to pick their children up prior to our regular dismissal (2:20 p.m.) should do so in the office before 2:00 p.m. No dismissals will occur between 2:00 p.m. and 2:20 p.m. After 2:00 p.m., teachers will dismiss students in the car loop. 

Afternoon Dismissal for Car Riders

If you plan to pick your child up from school at dismissal, please park in the big parking lot and meet your child in the cafeteria. Students riding daycare vans and leaving with parents will walk to the cafeteria at 2:30 p.m. with supervision. A staff member will monitor the daily signing-out of children and will ask for a photo ID when appropriate. As always, if you wish to pick up your child before 2:30 p.m., please come to the office, and we will be glad to inform the teacher that you are on the way to the classroom.

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