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New Traffic Patterns for St. Michaels Schools

New SMES Drop Off and Pick Up Traffic Patterns

The YMCA construction on the SM campus has created a need for change in the drop off and pick up procedures at SMES and SMMHS. In collaboration with the police department and the town of St. Michaels, the administration has developed the following student drop off and pick up procedures with student safety as our priority. Please refer to the map at the bottom of this document.

Student Walkers AM: Parents may walk students to the front entrance door.

Student Walkers PM: Walkers will be dismissed with the bus riders. Teachers will escort bus riders to their buses and then will escort walkers across the crosswalk. Teachers will dismiss walker students to their parents in the grassy area in front of the school near the crosswalk. Students will not be permitted to cross the street by themselves.

Student walkers are students who are walking home from school. Parents will NOT be able to park on school grounds or on the street to pick up their student as a walker.

Bus Riders AM: All buses will enter the school lot by the one-way entrance only lane and form a single line in front of the main entrance. SMES students will get off the bus at approximately 7:30am and enter through the main entrance. The buses will exit using the exit-only lane with assistance from the crossing guard. The bus path is marked by yellow arrows on the map.

Bus Riders PM: All SMES bus riders will be dismissed at approximately 2:35pm. All bus riders will be walked to the buses by their teachers. Similar to the morning drop-off routine, all buses will enter the school lot by the one-way entrance only lane and form a single line in front of the main entrance. The buses will exit using the exit only lane with assistance from the crossing guard.

Car Riders AM: Drop off car riders will use the old bus entrance and turn to the right towards the pool parking lot. All cars will travel around that lot and wait in a single line. Please pull forward around the loop to allow the cars behind you to pull forward as well. Staff members will help students to exit the vehicles and escort them to the door. After the stop, all vehicles will travel through the parking lot to exit with assistance from the crossing guard. The car rider path is marked by red arrows on the map. The drop off procedure is the same, just the drop off place has changed!

Please note:

  • Students may not be dropped off before 7:30am.
  • It will be important that students are ready to exit the vehicle when they are in the drop off zone so that we may keep the flow of traffic moving.
  • Parents dropping off students will NOT be permitted to pull in any parking spots to drop off their student.
  • Students may ONLY exit vehicles once they are in the “drop off zone” near the car rider entrance area students may exit vehicles.

Car Riders PM: Students will be dismissed at 2:30. All car riders will use the old bus entrance and turn to the right toward the pool parking lot. All cars will travel around that lot and wait in a single line. Parents should display their car-rider sign in the front window on the dashboard. (Signs will be given to families at “Meet the Teacher” parent conferences.) There will be staff located at the “pick-up zone” to radio inside the building for each student to be sent out. Students will exit through the doors near the gym. Parents may not park in the lot and wait for students to exit.


New SMMHS Drop Off & Pick Up Traffic Patterns

The YMCA construction on the SM campus has created a needfor change in the drop off and pick up procedures at SMES and SMMHS. In collaboration with the police department and the town of St. Michaels, the administration has developed the following student drop off and pick up procedures with student safety as our priority. All students will enter the building thru the main entrance. Staff will be in place for students to stand in the breezeway or cafeteria where breakfast will be served.

Student Walkers AM: Will enter the building through the main entrance.


Student Walkers PM: Will be dismissed at 2:45.


Bus Riders AM:All buses will drop off in the new elementary school bus loop located in front of the SMES main entrance. SMMHS students will off load from the elementary side after elementary students. They will walk down the sidewalk to the middle-­‐high school. They will enter SMMHS using the main front entrance.

Bus Riders PM: SMMHS will follow the sidewalk to the buses parked at the elementary school (same place as the morning drop off location).

Car riders AM: Drop off car rider vehicles will enter the High School using the Seymour Ave entrance (old bus entrance). Please pull forward around the loop to allow cars behind you to pull forward as well. Students should be prepared to exit the car quickly to avoid a car rider backup. Cars may then pull out of line, proceeding with extreme caution. (noted on map)

Car Riders PM: Pick-­‐up car rider vehicles will enter the High School using the Seymour Ave entrance (old bus entrance). Vehicles should form a single lane, pulling as far forward at the yellow curb as possible. Once students are loaded please pull out of the line. If you are still waiting and are able to pull forward, please do. We want to ensure that we do not have any cars stopped on Seymour Ave.

Student Drivers: All student drivers will enter the student parking lot via the Radcliff Ave entrance. They will park at the top of the parking lot and enter the building through the main entrance only. (parking on map will be within the area noted in green on the map, starting at the top by the grass)

**All SMMHS students will enter the building using the main front entrance this year.