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Parent Handbook: Transportation




Parents provide transportation to and from school; the school does NOT offer transportation. Each family is assigned a number to be used during pick-up time. This number is referred to as a carpool number even when used by an individual family. If you are interested in forming a regular carpool, call the office for a list of families in your area. Typically, block extended-care families are not assigned a number, and must notify the school if a student will be leaving at a regular carpool time. At no other time during the day will block extended-care students be dismissed for car pick-up. Parents must walk-in, and sign-out the student.

You must have a carpool number whether your family travels alone or in a carpool with another family.

All carpool numbers are assigned by the school; obtain your number as soon as possible. (Parents of returning students should not assume they will be assigned the same number as the previous year.) You must use the school-provided carpool number, i.e.: the actual card issued to you by the office. If you lose this card, you may get a replacement from the office.

If you form a regular carpool with another family, both families will be assigned the same number.

If you form a carpool, notify the school as soon as possible so the children can be grouped together at dismissal time.

Attach your carpool number in clear view on the upper part of the windshield on the passenger side.

A note or e-mail must be sent to the school giving permission for your child to leave the school with anyone other than his/her regular carpool.

Always notify the driver(s) of your carpool anytime that you make other arrangements for your child’s transportation.

Remember that golfersin carts or on foot—have the right-of-way.

Successful carpools depend primarily upon the cooperation of the parents involved. The following rules are in force at all times.

o No left turn into school driveway during carpool.

o Do not engage the staff in conversation during carpool arrival and departure; this delays the entire operation.

o Make sure that your children enter and depart cars from the side next to the building; if your child still sits in a car seat, have the seat on the passenger side of the car, either front or rear, and release all buckles before entering the circle.

o If adjustment of car seats and seat belts takes extra time, pull around the corner of the driveway, stopping to the side of Greenbury Point Road so that we can continue the loading process as efficiently as possible.

o Make sure that your children are seated in or are safely out of your car and that car doors are securely closed before proceeding around the circle.

o Remain in your car to ensure that the line proceeds around the circle as quickly as possible.

o It is not permissible to drop off a child at the end of the driveway or in the parking lot across the street. You may drop off a child ONLY at the school entrance and into the care of a staff member. Otherwise, you must park across the street and walk with your child to the entrance.

o Please do not hand correspondence, tuition payments, or other such items to the carpool staff. The safety of your child is our utmost concern.


School Arrival

Carpool starts at 8 a.m. Students arriving after carpool has ended must be signed in by a parent and are marked tardy.


School Departure

Children waiting to be picked up during carpool remain inside the school in their assigned places until their carpool number is called.

Mid-day Carpool for pre-kindergarten students begins at 11:45 a.m.

o Children remaining after 12 noon without reservations for extended-care are sent to the program and a late fee charged to the student’s account.

Afternoon carpool begins at 2:45 p.m.

o Children remaining after 3 p.m. without reservations for extended-care are sent to the program and a late fee is charged to the student’s account. In the interest of safety and accountability, you must sign-out children in the extended-care log; failure to do so is in violation of school rules, will be reported to the administration for action, and accounts will be billed for the maximum amount.



Between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., long-term parking for school visitors is in the lot across Greenbury Point Road. Please DO NOT park below the putting green. Children may not be left unattended on the putty green! Fifteen-minute parking is available on the right side of the school driveway. It is clearly marked: ―Fifteen-minute parking except during carpool operation.‖ The asphalt area to the side and back of the school is the teachers’ parking lot; the asphalt area in front of the school is a part of the playground. Physical education classes, recess, and after-school activities are held on this area, weather permitting. It is dangerous and disruptive for cars to come and go in that area while children are on the playground and some games (e.g.: volleyball) cannot be played if cars are parked there.

Parking is forbidden on Greenbury Point Road at all times; this INCLUDES the widened shoulder area close to the end of the school driveway. The no-parking rule on Greenbury Point Road is an edict laid down by the USNA Security.

Cars MUST NEVER BE LEFT UNATTENDED on the circle in front of the school.


The Naval Academy police patrol Greenbury Point Road frequently; the speed limit is 30 mph as you enter the government property, changing to 15 mph as you approach the school.