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Dear Parents and Guardians,

Last week, Mrs. Clarke posted specific guidelines for parents and guardians to follow when dropping off and picking up students at all buildings. This includes time spans for arrival and dismissal. This information is posted on the MPS Facebook page and on the Parent Resources tab of the district website, and should be read prior to the first day of school. We would like to emphasize the importance of drivers following the directions of the staff members who will be facilitating arrival and dismissal. Please review the details below:

Drop off:

  • Drive in the lane closest to the painted rock, following the lines labeled on the parking lot.
  • Students will be allowed to be dropped off in the zone only, which is a space that is marked by orange cones.
  • When directed to leave after dropping off, turn immediately left down the lane, leaving the far right lane free for the busses to enter safely. Do not enter the bus circle.
  • Students will proceed to the sidewalk, and then go in the front door. Staff will be stationed along the sidewalk to supervise students’ entry into the building.
  • Once inside the building, support staff will be on hand to lead the students directly to their assigned classrooms.
  • Teachers will be in the doorways of their classrooms to greet the children.
  • PLEASE do not accompany your child(ren) into the school during Drop off, as this will greatly slow down the process for all of our families. Rest assured that each student will be supervised and supported through the entire arrival time.
  • Our 100 Mile Club for students in grades 3-6 and Exploratory Classes for grades 1-2 will not begin until September 9th, giving us time to improve this process during the first two weeks of school.

Pick up:

  • Line up, starting at the cone zone (where you drop off in the morning).
  • After the busses leave with the students, a staff member will instruct you to proceed in a single line into the bus circle, pulling all of the way to the end of the sidewalk near the loading dock.
  • Students will be standing along the sidewalk by grade level. They will be supervised by staff, and will be encouraged to look out for their ride if possible. In some cases, we anticipate that we will need to speak to the driver to facilitate this process, especially in the younger grades. Please do not leave your car to come to collect your child on the sidewalk, we will assist students in transitioning to the vehicle.
  • After your car has stopped, the student(s) will be allowed to proceed to your car, and get into the car on the passenger’s side. Several staff will be standing on the driver’s side of the cars and will let you know when you can safely pull away from the curb.

Friendly reminders: Please be patient with this process. This is new for all of us, and will most likely require a few edits along the way. We are grateful for any constructive ideas you may have to maximize the safety and effectiveness of the process. If you do have a comment to share, please send it to Joe or myself via email or call GV at 413-267-4155. Please use your directionals whenever pulling away from the curb and remain vigilant in watching for pedestrian and vehicle traffic.


Sincerely, Kate Watts, Principal and Joe Trivisonno, Assistant Principal

Granite Valley School



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