Car Riders

In order for your child to be an occasional car rider home from school, you must send a note, via your child’s backpack, stating that the student will be a car rider.  To insure adequate information is provided, please complete the MECC Temporary Car Rider Note posted on the district web site.  If you are not using our standard form, please be sure to include the date, teacher’s name, student’s first and last name, student ID number and full name of pick-up person.  Office dismissals are only permitted before 3:30pm.  Please note: if you pick your child up before MECC dismisses, it is considered an “early dismissal” and affects your child’s attendance record.  

Any call-ins must be received by 11:15am for morning preschool and kindergarten students and 2:45pm for preschool, kindergarten, first and second grade students.  In order for our staff to expedite a timely, orderly and safe dismissal of so many young students, we must have precautionary measures in place.  Please plan accordingly.

Car riders must be dropped off from vehicles in the car rider line.  Please do not park in side parking lots and walk children through traffic to the car rider doors.  In addition, we ask that drivers do not pass other drivers who are waiting in line. 

Drop-Off Procedures:
 Preschool, kindergarten and some first grade classrooms will enter through doors on the South side of MECC.  First grade teachers will notify parents as to which entry his/her classroom is assigned to use.  The south end of the building is located to the left as you face MECC from Hickory Woods Drive.  Families assigned to the south entrance will enter off of Hickory Woods Drive, bear left and follow the car rider signs to the marked doorway(s).  Please do not enter or exit off of Mason Road as this is a bus driveway.  Students should be seated in the back seat, on the curb side, of the vehicle.  MECC staff will meet your child at the car during arrival.

The balance of first grade students and all of second grade students will enter through doors on the north side of the building.  First grade teachers will notify parents as to which entry his/her classroom is assigned to use. The north end of the building is located to the right as you face MECC from Hickory Woods Drive.  Families assigned to the north entrance will enter off of Hickory Woods Dr., near Terrace Dr., and follow the car rider signs to the marked doorway.  Students should be seated in the back seat, on the curb side, of the vehicle.  MECC staff will meet your child at the car during arrival and bring your child to the car during dismissal.

If you arrive at the car rider drop off doors and staff is not present, your child is tardy (9:10 for am arrival and 12:55 for pm arrival).  Please come to the front entrance and escort your child into the building to be signed in and receive a pass to class.

Pick-Up Procedures: Car Rider dismissal procedures vary depending on your situation.  For safety and efficiency, only “everyday car riders” (permanent car riders Monday-Friday for K-2 students or Monday-Thursday for Preschool students) will be dismissed via the North and South car rider lines (11:55am or 3:35pm).  School issued cards are provided for these families that only use car rider for transportation home.

All other non-permanent car riders (occasional or on a schedule that is not every day) must be signed out by parents.  Those picking up AM Preschool and AM Kindergarten students will park in the lot near Door 6 (allowing priority parking for the Daycare Vans picking up multiple students), enter Door 6 and sign out the student(s).  These students will be dismissed at 11:55pm. (Photo ID is Required)

Those picking up PM Preschool, PM Kindergarten, First Grade, and Second Grade students will park in the lot near the main entrance, enter Door 1, then enter the KIVA and sign out the student(s).  These students will be dismissed at 3:35pm.  The doors open at 3:30pm to expedite the sign out procedure.  (Photo ID is Required)

Drop-Off and Pick-Up Times
Drop-Off

AM Preschool and Kindergarten: 8:55-9:10am via the South car rider loop
PM Preschool and Kindergarten: 12:45-12:55pm via the South car rider loop
First and Second Grade: 8:55-9:10am via the North or South car rider loops (dependent on room location)

Pick-Up
AM Preschool and Kindergarten: 11:55-12:05pm via the South car rider loop (everyday car riders) or Door 6 (for all others)
PM Preschool and Kindergarten: 3:35-3:45pm via the South car rider loop (everyday car riders) or the KIVA (for all others)
First and Second Grade: 3:35-3:45pm via the North or South car rider loops (everyday car riders) or the KIVA (for all others)

If you need a few moments to help your child buckle in, please pull forward or into a parking space to do so.  This will allow all students to dismiss in a timely manner.  Also, if your child is a permanent car rider, you will receive a car rider identification card for your car window.  This card must be displayed on a daily basis.  All individuals picking up car riders, both permanent and temporary, will need to have a picture identification ready on a daily basis. 

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