Parents are expected to have their children picked up promptly when classes end. Dismissal for the Children’s Houses is between 2:40 pm 3:00 pm. Lower Elementary dismisses between 2:50 and 3:00 pm. Upper Elementary students will be dismissed at 3:00. In the event that you are delayed, please call the school office so that arrangements may be made to accommodate your child. Any child not picked up by 3:00 p.m. will wait in the office until pick-up or be sent to the after school program if space is available, and will be assessed for After-School care.

Notify the school in writing (or by telephone if plans change at the last minute) if someone other than a parent will be picking up your child. Please do not relay verbal messages concerning changes in transportation via the children. For the safety of your child, we will not release children to anyone other than a parent without a specific directive from the parent and then only to people listed on the release form.

Children may be picked up from the After School Program by entering the school at the top of the ramp. Please sign in at the desk and you will be told where the children are at that time. As you are leaving the building with your child, please sign out. Elementary students often use the park behind the school. To signal to parents that the children are in the park there will be a green sign in the upper front window (green=park). A red sign signals to come inside the building.

All children must be picked up no later than 5:30 p.m. There is a $10.00 late fee for the first 15 minutes of lateness, and a $25 fee for the next fifteen minutes. If a child has not been picked up by 5:30 p.m., The After School teacher will attempt to contact parents by telephone. If parents cannot be reached, any other people who have been authorized by the child’s parents to pick up their child will be called. If these efforts are all unsuccessful, the After School teacher will speak with the Head of School to determine the appropriate action. Chronic lateness in picking your child up may result in your family not being able to participate in the After School program.

Pioneer Valley Montessori School, 1524 Parker Street, Springfield, MA 01129 • 413-782-3108

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