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  • Arrival & Dismissal


    Whitehall Elementary School

    2020-2021 Arrival & Dismissal Plan  


    Principal: Cynthia Farmer                                                        

    Transportation Coordinator(s)*: Brian Cuvo, Assistant Principal (301-805-1000, ext. 61174)


    Student Arrival*: When under normal Prince George’s County Public Schools operating schedule, Whitehall Elementary School will utilize the following procedures for student arrival.   Students should not arrive at school before 8:50am, unless they are enrolled in the Before and After Care Program.  Doors will open for students at 8:50am.  Students will not be released to their classrooms until 9:00am.  From 8:50am-9:00am, students will wait in a designated hallway.  Kindergarten students will wait in the Kindergarten hallway.  Students in 1st grade will wait in the hallway outside of the media center.  Students in 2nd and 3rd grades will wait in the hallway with the Technology Lab and Health Room.  Students in 4th and 5th grades will wait in the hallway outside of the multipurpose room.  Students who are in Before and After Care will utilize the side door that leads to the Multipurpose Room.  All other students will utilize the front doors to enter the building.  If students are being dropped off by their parents, parents are instructed to pull up to the last cone.  Students will exit their vehicles on the passenger side of the car.  Parents should not exit their vehicle if they are utilizing the traffic circle.  If a parent needs assistance, they should raise their hand and a staff member will be around to assist.


    Student Dismissal*:  When under normal Prince George’s County Public Schools operating schedule, Whitehall Elementary School will utilize the following procedures for student dismissal. Afternoon announcements will begin at 3:15pm.  Once afternoon announcements have concluded, safety patrols will be dismissed.  At 3:20pm, Whitehall Elementary School will begin the dismissal process.  All students will dismiss through the front doors.  The following order will be used for dismissal:

    1.  Bus Riders: Order of Bus Riders

      1. 2nd and 5th Grade

      2. Kindergarten and 1st Grade

      3. 3rd and 4th Grade

    2.   Before and After Care/Private Van Transportation 

      1. Before and After Care staff pick up students from classrooms

      2. Private Van Transportation Riders go out the front door and to the designated van pick-up area

    3.   Walkers and Car Riders: Order of Walkers and Car Riders

      1. Kindergarten and 1st Grade

      2. 2nd and 5th Grade

      3. 3rd and 4th Grade


    PGCPS buses will first line up in the traffic circle.  Once buses have been released, private vans will begin to fill in the traffic circle.  After vans, cars will begin to fill in the traffic circle.  All cars will be asked to move down to the last available cone.  Parents should not leave their vehicles if they are utilizing the traffic circle.  Once a car has their children, the car will be dismissed.  This process will continue through the end of dismissal.


    If there is a late bus or private van, students will wait in the multipurpose room.  A staff member will be assigned to wait with students.  If it is 3:45pm and the late bus has not yet arrived, an administrator will wait with students.


    If a student’s car ride has not arrived by the end of dismissal, they will be escorted into the main office where they will call their parents or legal guardians.  Students will wait in the main lobby until their ride has arrived.  

    If a student will take a dismissal route that is not part of their regular dismissal, a written note must be brought to the school.  This will be given to their child’s teacher, who will notify the main office.  If this includes going on a PGCPS school bus, a copy of the written note will be made and given to the bus driver.  Whitehall Elementary School will not be able to honor a change in dismissal request that is made over the telephone.


    Early Dismissal*:  In order for a student to be dismissed early, the following steps must be adhered to:

    1. All early dismissals must take place before 3:00pm.  No early dismissals will take place after 3:00pm.

    2. The person picking up the student must present a valid photo ID.  If this person does not present valid photo ID, the student will not be released.

    3. One of the main office secretaries will look at the photo ID as well as the Emergency Contact Form.  If a person picking up a student is not on the Emergency Contact Form, a student will not be released to them.  If a parent wishes to authorize someone to pick up their child, they must come up to the school and update their Emergency Contact Form.

    4. Once identification has been verified, the person picking up the student will sign them out on the Early Departure Log.  One of the front office secretaries will initial that they have verified the person’s identification.


    Afterschool Clubs/Activities/Sports*:  If there is an afterschool club or activity, an announcement will be made as part of the afternoon announcements.  Included in this announcement will be the location of where the activity will take place.  Once walkers and car riders have been dismissed, students participating in an authorized afterschool activity should report to the activity location.  Activity sponsors will furnish a list of participants to administration to verify who is authorized to stay for afterschool activities.