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Back-to-School Carpool Information

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Grades K-4 - SOUTH Carpool Entrance

For the safety of students and staff, please refrain from cell phone use when dropping off or picking up students.  

Drop off starts at 7 a.m. Please do not abuse this time by dropping off any student early, as there is no supervision for students before 7 a.m.

Morning Drop-Off:

We do not use Car Rider tags during morning carpool.

  • Enter the campus in two lanes, then filter into three lanes.
  • Follow marked areas and staff instructions to merge into one lane for drop off.
  • Drive up to the marked loading or unloading area.
  • PLEASE make sure your child is ready to get out of the car quickly and safely; we may have 1,000 vehicles at this entrance, and every extra second counts.
  • Allow the staff member to assist the child out of the car.
  • Please note: there is no parking in the front lot (North Entrance) as these lanes will be used for 5 - 12 students.

Please remember that staff has requested that you not walk your child to class during this time.  This is considered staff planning time.

Afternoon Pick-Up:  

Please follow staff directions politely and promptly in order to make carpool run quickly and safely.

Enter campus in two lanes, then filter into three lanes. Follow the marked areas and staff instructions to merge into two lanes for pickup.

Waiting Area:

  • All cars that arrive early will pull up to the Car Rider Pro reader and wait until 2:45 p.m. That’s when a staff member will turn on the reader and direct cars to fill the loading area.
  • Cars that are behind the Car Rider Pro reader are in the waiting area.
  • Do not exit your car to get your children when you are in the waiting area.

Loading Area:

  • Every car that comes on campus during carpool must have the Car Rider Pro tag hanging from its rear view mirror. If you have multiple tags, you can lay them on your dashboard to be scanned.
  • We will be loading two rows of approximately 20 cars (40 cars total) at a time.  
All cars MUST turn off their engines in the loading area to ensure that vehicles do not move while children are walking out to the cars.
  • Children will be called to the staging area under the overhang between the gym and the building. To ensure safety, you must get out of your vehicle and help your child into your car.
  • When all cars are safely loaded, we will motion cars to start their engines and exit at one time. Please do not drive out of the loading area unless directed to do so by a staff member.
  • If your child is not ready, staff will ask the the parent’s car to pull around and reenter the carpool line so that we do not hold up the line.
  • Parents of older student drivers who will pick up younger students must send in a note or email your younger child’s teacher stating that s/he has permission to be picked up by that older sibling for the entire school year. The teacher will keep this note on file. If this changes, please let the teacher know.
  • Siblings who drive must sign the younger sibling out every day with the  younger sibling’s classroom teacher.

In order to move cars through quickly, we ask that you return to your car as soon as you receive your child. Refrain from conferencing with teachers or visiting with other parents. We may have 1,000 vehicles at this entrance, and every extra second counts.

Late-Pickup Policy

Visitors are discouraged between 2:30-3:20 p.m. in order to help keep the hallways clear. If you must pick up your child before dismissal time for excused appointments, please do so before 2:30 p.m., or you will be asked to go through regular carpool procedures to page your child.

All students must be picked up by 3:30 p.m. each day. The Union Academy After School program provides after school care for a fee. Students not picked up by 3:30 p.m. (12:30 p.m. on early-dismissal days) will be taken to the After School area and charged a late fee of $1 per minute until the student is picked up. As with all public schools, Union Academy will contact the proper authorities if fees are not paid and if repeated violations occur. The emergency after school care cannot be used more than three times during the school year without prior approval from the After School Director. All participating students in any Union Academy-sponsored activity, such as enrichment, after-school clubs or activities, must be picked up by the designated time each day.

We will communicate any necessary changes through email, social media and the Union Academy website. Please follow our official communication channels for updates.

 

Grades 5-12 - NORTH Carpool Entrance

Students in grades 5-12 will use the “old,” known now as the North, entrance to UA. All families picking students up must have a pre-programmed Car Rider Pro tag.

Grades 5-12 Morning Carpool:

FOLLOW STAFF DIRECTIONS AND KEEP THE LINE MOVING.

We do not use tags during morning carpool.

All drivers should enter campus and get into one of three lanes:

  • Student drivers should use the left lane to enter their parking lot.
  • Parents should enter one of the two right lanes and follow the driveway around to the front of the building.
  • The two lanes will merge into one lane that extends to the end of the sidewalk.
  • Please pull forward as close as you can to the car in front of you.
  • All students must exit the vehicle from the passenger side.
  • PLEASE make sure your child is ready to get out of the car quickly and safely; we may have 1,000 vehicles at this entrance, and every extra second counts.

Grades 5-12 Afternoon Carpool:

Every car that comes on campus during carpool must have the tag hanging from their rearview mirror. If you have multiple tags, you can lay them on your dashboard to be scanned. Parents who forget their tags must park and come in to the main office to pick up their child. Teachers will not release children to parents.

Very Important: The tag reader will not scan car tags until 2:45 p.m.

  • As you proceed through carpool, the Car Rider Pro system scans the tag and sends the child’s name to a screen in their last-period teacher’s classroom.
  • If your child doesn’t get to your car in a timely manner, you will need to re-enter the carpool line.
  • Families who transport students who are not their own children must have a tag associated with each child. This can be accomplished by sharing your tags or by purchasing an additional tag to share. You may only pick up a tag for your child/ren; it is your responsibility to share your tag with other drivers who pick up your child/ren.

FOLLOW STAFF DIRECTIONS AND PULL AS CLOSE AS SAFELY POSSIBLE
TO THE CAR IN FRONT OF YOU.

  • Enter campus, form three lanes and follow the driveway.
  • All cars MUST turn off their engines in the loading area to ensure that vehicles do not move while children are walking out to the cars.
  • Staff will direct traffic at the point of the tag reader. Please do not pass the tag reader until directed to do so by staff.
  • The lanes will fill one at a time under the direction of staff.
  • When directed to proceed through the line by staff, please pull forward until directed to stop.
  • Students will only be allowed to load their vehicles in the marked loading zone.
  • If a student is late arriving at a parent’s car, the car will be pulled from the line and sent back through carpool.
  • The lines will not move until all cars are loaded. At that time, staff will release cars one lane at a time.
  • Staff will let drivers know when it is safe to move; proceed to the left/right turn lanes to exit campus.

UA staff and volunteers will direct parking. Please be patient and polite, follow all procedures and remember we are all in this together.

We will communicate any necessary changes through email, social media and the Union Academy website. Please follow our official communication channels for updates.