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 ensure adequate information is provided, 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 unexpected emergency call-ins must be received by 11:25am for morning preschool and kindergarten students and 2:55pm for afternoon preschool, afternoon 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. A written note is always preferred and helps all staff to be properly informed.  Do not rely on email for a car rider change because a teacher may be absent or not available to read the email during school.


Please note that the best way to make sure your child arrives at school on time is to use bus transportation. If you choose to drop your child off as a car rider, please follow the steps below.


Drop-Off Procedures:  Preschool, kindergarten and the majority of first grade that are located on the South side will enter through door B-2 on the South side of MECC. 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.  Prior to reaching the car rider curb, students should have masks on and be unbuckled, ready to exit. MECC staff will meet your child at the car during arrival.


The remainder of first grade students and all of second grade students will enter through Door D-2 on the North side of the building. 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.  Prior to reaching the car rider curb, students should have masks on and be unbuckled, ready to exit. MECC staff will meet your child at the car during arrival and bring your child to the car during dismissal.

Important safety procedures during COVID:

  • Please be sure your child is wearing a mask when they arrive at school
  • We highly encourage, for the safety of our families and the staff, that you please wear a mask when the staff member approaches your vehicle to assist your child with arrival
  • Please unbuckle your child prior to your child’s turn to disembark.  Our staff is not allowed to unbuckle.
  • We will practice social distancing as we disembark our students therefore, five to six students will be let out at a time.


If you arrive at the car rider drop off doors and staff are not present, your child is tardy (9:20 for am arrival and 1:05 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, “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 (12:05pm or 3:45pm).  Permanent 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. 

New safety procedures during COVID:

  • You will park and walk up to an outdoor check in desk/area and present your picture ID.  There will be a check-in desk at both the north and south car rider doors.  The desk will open at 11:55 am for AM dismissal and at 3:40 pm for PM dismissal.  
  • Please be sure you wear a mask and maintain safe social distance between other adults and families.  
  • You will be given a card to display on your car’s dashboard.  At that time, you will join the car rider line on the north or south side, as appropriate.  You will follow all other car rider dismissal procedures as indicated above. 

Drop-Off and Pick-Up Times

Drop-Off

AM Preschool and Kindergarten: 9:05-9:20am via the South car rider loop

PM Preschool and Kindergarten: 12:55-1:05pm via the South car rider loop

First and Second Grade: 9:05-9:20am via the North or South car rider loops (dependent on room location)


Pick-Up

AM Preschool and Kindergarten: 12:05-12:15pm via the South car rider loop (everyday car riders) or Door B-2 (for all others) for ID check

PM Preschool and Kindergarten: 3:45-3:55pm via the South car rider loop (everyday car riders) or Door B2 (for all others) for ID check

First and Second Grade: 3:45-3:55pm via the North or South car rider loops (everyday car riders) or Door B2/Door D2 (for all others) for ID check


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 2 car rider identification cards.  One is for your car window.  The other will be collected by a staff member to line up the students, then returned daily.  The 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. 


WALKERS AND BIKE RIDERS

Students who live in nearby neighborhoods may walk or ride a bike to MECC.  Students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  For the safety of your child, he/she must be escorted all the way to the assigned North or South entrance of the building.
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