When you drop off your student at Polaris, we’d love for you to stick to our protocol so that we can keep our students as safe as possible.
The morning bell rings (and school begins) at 8:40am. Paraprofessionals supervise the playground 8:30am – 8:40am. We also provide free breakfast in the cafeteria 8:15am – 8:40am. The only children allowed to enter the school building before 8:40am are those eating breakfast (or those walking through the Glenarm St. entrance to the playground). Please do not go to your child’s classroom before the morning bell—this is important daily planning time for our teachers.
Here are the different ways to drop off your student at Polaris in the mornings.
- Glenarm St. door
- Kiss and drop
At drop-off time in the mornings, the curb on the school-side of Glenarm St. is a “kiss and drop” zone. If you would like to kiss and drop, please roll up near the Glenarm St. door, stay in your car, say goodbye to your child, and move along to keep the traffic flowing. Your child will enter the school through the Glenarm St. door on his or her own, and proceed to either the playground to play, or to the cafeteria for breakfast.
- Walking in
If you wish to park and walk your child into school through the Glenarm St. door, please park on the non-school side of Glenarm St. (or on 22nd), and walk your child across the street to the door. From there, you can walk your child (or your child can proceed on his or her own) to the playground to play, or to the cafeteria to have breakfast. To avoid accidents, please do not wave your child across Glenarm St. to the school entrance.
- Kiss and drop
- Tremont St. door (main entrance and playground)
Students can enter school through the Tremont St. door when the morning bell rings at 8:40am (or after 8:15am if they’re getting breakfast). If you’re bringing your child to school at the Tremont St. entrance, you’re welcome to park your car on the non-school side of Tremont St. (or on another nearby 2-hour parking spot, such as on 22nd). While the side streets are not nearly as busy as Park Ave., we do get speeders coming through—so please don’t wave your child across the street from your car. Please do not drive up to or park along the school-side of Tremont St. This is our bus loading zone and needs to be kept open and free from cars.
School ends at 3:30pm each day. If you’re coming to school to pick up your child, please meet him or her outside the Glenarm St. entrance of the school. We provide supervision there—and only there—from 3:30 to 3:45pm each day. Unless you’ve made special arrangements with a teacher, please don’t have your child meet you at any location in the school, other than the Glenarm St. entrance. After 3:45pm, any children still waiting outside the Glenarm St. doors are brought to the office, where we contact their families.
This is the pick-up protocol for the end of the day at the Glenarm St. school entrance:
- School side of Glenarm St.
For picking up your child in your car on the school side of Glenarm St., the protocol is similar to the morning “kiss and drop.” Please stay in your car, wait for your child to come to your car, and then move along to keep the traffic flowing. If you exit your car to walk up to the school in the afternoon, the city may ticket you.
- Non-school side of Glenarm St.
If you wish to park and walk up to the Glenarm St. door at pick-up in the afternoon, please park on the non-school side of Glenarm St. (or on a side street). To avoid accidents, please do not wave your child across Glenarm St. to your car.
Communicating Pick-Up and Drop-off With Your Child
- In the morning, before your child leaves for school, please discuss with your child how he or she is getting home that afternoon. We treasure our students and do not want them anxiously wondering how they are getting home when they should be concentrating on academic content.
- Please let your child know in advance that if they’re ever unsure about how they’re getting home after school, to go to the office and ask before the end of day bell, so that they can make the correct bus or pick-up location on time.
Below is a map showing different parking areas and pick-up and drop-off zone. You may also download the Polaris Parking Map.