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3950 Summer Avenue

Memphis, TN 38122

Grahamwood Elementary Drop off and Pick up

Managing the arrival and dismissal of our Grahamwood students can be a significant challenge at the beginning of a new school year. In effort to help, we, the Grahamwood PTO, have compiled the following directions based upon our collective experience over recent years.  Please note these are our suggestions and experience as parents and, although we believe these instructions are accurate, they may not reflect the specific procedures of Grahamwood Elementary; therefore, if there are any discrepancies with our suggestions and any information you receive directly from teachers or staff of Grahamwood, please differ to the school’s policies.

Please note the doors open in the morning at 8:00 a.m.  Grahamwood classes begin at 8:15 a.m. Your child will be considered TARDY if he/she is not in his/her classroom at 8:15 a.m.

If your child arrives after the 8:15 a.m. bell, you will have to walk your child in to the school office and sign them in. Students in the main building must be signed in at the main office, students in the 2nd grade building must be signed in at that building. You will need to present valid photo identification to the office staff in order to enter the school.

*Please refrain from using cell phones during pick up and drop off times.*

Breakfast is available for all students attending Grahamwood – FREE of charge – beginning at 7:45 a.m.  Students eating breakfast enter the main building at the front entrance nearest the cafeteria or back entrance nearest Summer and Graham intersection.

At the beginning of the year (likely the first day), your child’s teacher will ask you how your child is going to be picked up in the afternoon.  All students attending Grahamwood will enter/exit the school in one of three ways:

1.             Car pick up in “the circle” on the Summer Avenue/main entrance side of the building;
2.             Front/Back door “walker”; or
3.             Car pick up in the Graham Street loop/parking lot.

If you need to change the designated way your child is picked up from school during the year, you must let your child’s teacher and the school know in writing.

Start of School:

  • The doors open at 8:00 a.m.  Classes begin at 8:15 a.m.

  • If you arrive late, you must walk your child into the office and sign them in.

    • Students in the main building will sign in at the main office.

    • Students in the 2nd grade building will sign in there.

  • A free breakfast is available in the cafeteria for all students beginning at 7:45 a.m.  Students eating breakfast must enter at the back or using the front entrance nearest the cafeteria.

 

General Dismissal Process:

  • Grahamwood uses a staggered dismissal starting with Kindergarten classes at approximately 3:00 with all students being dismissed by 3:15. Please check with your child’s teacher to confirm your child’s dismissal time.

  • If you are walking up to pick your child up, you must wait outside. You may not enter the building.

  • Children cannot be checked out of school after 2:30PM. If you need to check your child out early, you must check them out prior to that time.

  • Your child’s teacher at the beginning of the year will ask how your child is going to be picked up in the afternoon. You will provide one of the following:

    • If your child is walking (either to your car or home) they will a designated a “Front Door Walker” or “Back Door Walker” depending on which door you want them to use when leaving the building.

    • If you are using the car line to pick them up, you must designate if you are picking them up in the back of the school (Back Door car rider) or the front of the school (Front Door car rider). Children in K – 2nd are typically picked up in the back and grades 3 – 5 are dismissed in the front.

    • If you need to change the designated way your child is picked up from school during the year, you must let your child’s teacher know.

 

Car Line Procedures:

These rules apply for car lines in the front and back. More specific rules are below.

  1. Once you enter the car line and are on school property, you must stay in the car line until you exit school property.

  2. Do not get out of your vehicle. If your child is not prepared to exit the car in the morning, continue to advance in the car line and go park somewhere until your child is ready.

  3. Faculty will be present to assist children in getting in and out of cars.

  4. If you do not see your child at pick up, signal for a faculty member to assist you. Do not get out of your vehicle. 

  5. Children must enter and exit your vehicle from the passenger side only.

  6. Cell phone use is not permitted.

  7. During the peak periods (approximately 7:50AM – 8:30AM; 2:50PM – 3:30PM) left hand turns in or out of the property are not allowed. This may require that you drive out of your way to circle the block. Do so knowing that you are protecting your children and ours.

  8. Faculty and crossing guards are there to direct you so please be alert and follow their instructions.

  9. Place a placard on the dash of your car with your child’s name so the faculty member can call for your child to be brought out of the school. If you do not have a placard, the faculty member will ask you.  

 

A note from your fellow parents: If you are using the car line, it is expected that you will have your child ready to exit the car when it is your turn. Say your goodbyes in advance, make sure your child has everything they need in their hand so they can exit the car, and move out of the way. If you need to stop and get something out of your trunk, make a lunch, check homework, brush hair, or put on shoes, the car line isn’t for you. Park (legally) and walk your child to the door when you are ready.

Front Door Access (from Summer Avenue) Procedures:

The circle drive in the front of the school is used for the car line pick up so parking is not permitted before 8:30 AM or after 2:45PM. There are limited parking spaces up front including accessible parking for those who have the proper permit.  

In the afternoons, cars form a line along the circle drive. This line extends out into Summer Avenue as cars wait for the line to advance. Please refer to our map below for more details. Please do not block intersections or the crosswalks. Vehicles follow the car line to the building where children will load/unload. Vehicles then exit by turning right onto Summer Avenue.   

 

​Back Door Access (from Graham Avenue) Procedures:

In the afternoons, cars form a line along the carpool lane so parking is not permitted before 8:30 AM or after 2:45PM. This line extends out to Graham and winds around to Tutwiler. Please refer to our map below for more details. Please do not block intersections or the crosswalks.

 

Vehicles will follow the line to the entrance with the awning/overhang closest to Graham Street. Vehicles then exit by turning right onto Graham. 

Walkers:

If you want to walk your child to the door in the mornings or walk to the school to get them at dismissal, please park legally in a safe area. Parents may escort their child to their classroom during the first week of school. After the first week, you may escort them to the entrance of the building. We take the safety of all or our children seriously so if you are parked illegally, the police will be called to give you a ticket. There is no parking on Summer Ave. If you park on neighborhood streets surrounding our school, please be respectful of our wonderful neighbors. Don’t block their driveways or walk through their yards. Follow the crossing guard’s instructions and only cross streets at the cross walks.

 

K, 1st and 2nd Grade Back Door Walkers will be escorted out of the building with their class and wait in their designated spot with a teacher until their parent arrives. Your child’s teacher will advise of the specific location. If someone else is picking up your child, please let your teacher know.

This information is based upon information provided by the faculty and administration. While we believe these instructions are accurate, please always follow the instructions you receive directly from the faculty and staff of Grahamwood.

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