Pre-K dismisses at 2:45 pm
Kindergarten dismisses at 2:45 pm
1st through 5th grade* dismiss at 2:50 pm
6th through 8th grades dismiss at 2:50 pm; these students self-dismiss
Half-Days: Dismissal is at 11:30 am
Lower School Dismissal
Lower school teachers dismiss each class outside at the designated spot in fair and inclement weather.
Please look for your child’s class number in the windows. Students will be escorted from their classrooms by their teachers to the front of the building. Students need to be dismissed by their teachers before they can be released to you. Please be patient with that process and teach your child the importance of saying goodbye to their teacher and pointing out who has come to pick them up. Please don’t be late for pick up.
*5th graders may leave the school unescorted if a parent or guardian returns a completed Permission to Walk Home Alone form to their teacher. Additionally, with a completed permission form, siblings in grades 5 and up may pick up younger siblings. Reach out to the office to request these forms.
Middle School Dismissal
6th through 8th grades dismiss at 2:50 pm. These students self-dismiss.
Once dismissed, middle school students are expected to leave school or go to Manhattan Youth after-school programming. They are not allowed to remain at school unless they are attending after-school programming.
Dismissal Change Requests
If your child is going home with a friend after school, or is being picked up by a friend’s parent or caregiver, WRITTEN PERMISSION is required in advance from both families.
Remind your children that they will not be able to call home during the school day in order to make after school arrangements to visit a friend. Likewise, parent phone requests for last-minute changes at the end of the day cannot be accommodated.
Emails to teachers throughout the day requesting a change of plans cannot be accommodated. Absolute emergency pick up changes must be made by calling and sending an email to the office as we must have these changes in writing.
The following procedures are followed to assure the safety of children who are released during the day. Please note, students leaving early must be picked up before 2PM and MUST BE SIGNED OUT BY AN ADULT (18+).
Written notification should be sent to the teacher stating the time of release.
Only individuals identified on the student's emergency contact card (or “blue card”) will be allowed to pick up the child from school.
The parent or guardian (or other named adult in the note) must SEE THE SAFETY AGENTS, SIGN FOR THE CHILD, AND BE PREPARED TO SHOW THE SAFETY AGENTS IDENTIFICATION. All children must be signed out at the front desk. Children will remain in the classroom with their teacher until notified by the office staff that an adult has arrived to pick them up.
Students are not allowed to leave the building during school hours unaccompanied by an adult. Adults must come into the building to sign children out during the school day. This is due to legal liability and we are unable to be flexible on this point.
If you are planning to have your middle schooler leave for out-lunch and then not return to school, they MUST BE SIGNED OUT BY AN ADULT.