Arrival/Dismissal Information


Reminder: The school day hours begin at 8:45 a.m. and end at 3:45 p.m.  Students are to be seated in their homerooms and ready for class no later than 8:45 a.m.  The building will open at 8:30 a.m. for student arrival.  Please be aware that students should not arrive earlier than 8:30 a.m. as there isn’t any one available to supervise them.


After Hours:

The school office closes at 4:00 p.m.  If you have any questions concerning your child’s bus, please call the Krise Bus Company at 724-349-3944.


Arrival/Dismissal  - Important Information

The district currently provides bus transportation for all students.  Families, however, may still choose to have their child walk to and from school or they may want to have their child be a car kid.  In order to ensure student arrival and dismissal is safe for all students, we have implemented certain drop off and pick up procedures. These procedures may not always be convenient, but they were designed with safety in mind.  Staff members will be outside to make sure the process runs smoothly. Please review the following arrival and dismissal procedures. Delays are to be expected for the first few weeks of school. We thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation as we work through the fastest and safest way to dismiss our students.


Arrival Procedures: If you choose to drop your child off in the morning, Please drop off in front of the school on 5th Street. Staff will be along the sidewalk and at doors to let students into the school. 


Dismissal ProceduresTo keep the buses on schedule, at the end of the day we will be dismissing car pick ups and the students that walk home first again along 5th Street. There are one waves of buses and an activity bus at the end of each school day.



Bus Assignments:

Bus assignments will be mailed home.  If your child rides a bus and you do not receive a postcard listing his/her bus information, please call the transportation office at (724) 463-8713 during the week before school begins.  For student safety, please do not change buses during the school year.  For cases of family emergency, requests to have your son/daughter ride a different bus must be made in writing and submitted in advance to the office.  All bus students should plan to ride the bus on the first day of school.  Any transportation corrections or problems can be identified if all riders are on board.  If you have a problem and need to speak to someone, please call Krise Bus Service, 724-349-3944.


Change in Transportation — Important Information
If you need to change your child’s dismissal plan, please send a dated and signed note to the office in the morning of the change. If dismissal plans change during the day, please contact the office before 2:00 P.M. so we have enough time to implement the change. 


Important Early Dismissal Information

You will need to provide verification of appointments when your child is either late to school or leaving early. When excusing your son/daughter from school for a doctor/dentist visit, please remember to ask the doctor for an excuse verifying the appointment. The excuse can be turned into the office upon your child’s return to school. In accordance with our attendance policy, any early dismissal will be considered an unexcused absence from school for the time out of the building if a medical excuse is not submitted within three (3) days of the date of dismissal. It is important to note that students are not permitted to make up any work/tests for unexcused absences. The unexcused time out of the building will be accrued until three (3) hours has accumulated at which point a half day unexcused absence will be assessed.


Please be aware


It is important for your child to attend and be on time for school on a daily basis.  Please review these arrival and dismissal times:


  • Starting time is 8:45 a.m.
  • Dismissal time is 3:45 p.m.
  • Arrival between 8:48 a.m. and 10:35 a.m. = tardy
  • Arrival between 10:36 a.m. and 12:35 p.m. = ½ day absent
  • Arrival after 12:35 p.m. = Full day absent
  • Departure between 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. and NOT returning to school = ½ day absent


Scheduled early dismissals are at 12:00 p.m.




SCHOOL DELAYS OR CANCELLATIONS:  In bad weather, or for any emergency when school may be closed, delayed, or dismissed early, announcements will be made via telephone, text, and email.  Also on all local television stations.


PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE SCHOOL ON SCHOOL DELAYS OR CANCELLATIONS:  We must keep our phone lines open for emergency communications.  


Be sure to have a back-up plan with your children in case of an unscheduled early dismissal. Arrangements should be made ahead of time for emergency childcare if needed.


DELAY TO CANCELLATIONS: Sometimes school is cancelled after a delay has been called. Again you will be notified by email, phone and a text message of the updated cancellation.  


2-HOUR DELAYS: Children who ride buses should report to their bus stop 2 hours later than normal. All children should report to school by 11:00 a.m.  Breakfast will not be served on days with a delay. Dismissal will be at 3:45 p.m. as usual.


EMERGENCY EARLY DISMISSALS: It is important that parents establish a plan for their children in the event of an unscheduled early dismissal.  Your children should know what they are to do if school is dismissed early. It is impossible for us to alert everyone by phone when this happens.  You will receive a BLUE DISMISSAL PAPER early in the school year asking you to indicate how your child is to be dismissed on these days.  We do not permit children to call home on these days.  Teachers will follow the dismissal information that you provide to us.