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    Welcome to our Transportation page where you will find detailed information regarding the topics below.  Please carefully review the following material. 


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    Security 
    Vehicle Identification
    Oversized Vehicles
    Preschool Students
    Lower School Students
    Upper School Students
    Carpool Families
    Safety Tips

    One of the biggest facility challenges facing Harvest Christian Academy’s administrative staff has been the design of a traffic flow plan which utilizes the indoor parking structure. The two major objectives in designing the plan have been security and safety for our students as well as a systematic approach to the daily drop off and pick up of students. Please take a few moments and read the enclosed traffic plan. It is essential that parents understand not only the details of the plan, but the reasoning behind it. Please keep in mind that this plan was designed primarily for the safety and security of our students.

    On their first day of school we assume that you as parents, will park and walk your child into the building. You are reminded to use the parking area (east deck only).

    SECURITY 
    As a school, security is our major concern. The safety of the children must be the centerpiece of any school program. In that all entry points to the building must pass through the guardhouse, this entrance will serve as the main security checkpoint. To expedite entry while still addressing security issues each family will be given parking identification tags which should be affixed to each car’s rearview mirror.

    VEHICLE IDENTIFICATION
    Each vehicle used to transport students to or from school will be required to have a rearview mirror parking identification tag. This identification tag gains the driver access in or out of the building without being stopped by security. Two tags will be given to each family. Additional tags can be picked up at the lower school office. These parking identification tags will be mailed to you during the month of August.

    In addition, parents picking up students after school will be assigned a visor tag that is to be placed on the driver’s side visor. This allows the security guard to contact the classroom and release the child or children to meet the parent at the pickup area.

    OVERSIZED VEHICLES
    Oversized vehicles must enter the building through the right pick up lane, proceed straight ahead, and immediately park in the spaces to the right or left. Due to traffic flow, drivers of oversized vehicles must escort their children to the second level entrance door. Whenever possible, parents are encouraged not to use oversized vehicles when dropping students off at school.

    DROP-OFF AND PICK-UP PLANS
    For safety and security reasons, a carefully designed system has been established for the drop off and pick up for the following family dynamics. Please read the section that applies to your family.


    PRESCHOOL STUDENTS ONLY 

    GENERAL POLICIES

    • Please display your HCA rearview mirror parking identification tag from the rear view mirror.
    • On arrival, please escort your child to and from the classroom and sign him/her in.
    • On early dismissal days and party days, please pick up your child in the classroom.
    • Morning classes have the garage pick-up option per teacher as stated below.
    • Morning students may be picked up in the classroom prior to 10:50.
    • Afternoon classes are dismissed from their preschool classroom.

    GARAGE PICK-UP PROCEDURES

    • Garage pick-up is held between 10:50-11:10 AM.
    • Preschool staff will bring your child to your car and lead her/him into the car seat.
    • Please pull your car forward and fasten your child into his/her seat.
    • Once your child is securely fastened into his/her car seat, please proceed to the building exit.  
    • For safety reasons, preschool staff is not responsible for transporting car seats or booster seats to the garage.

    MRS. PAWELEK’S AND MRS STRISSEL'S PREK CLASSES

    E West (Red Door)
    • Enter the parking deck driving straight down the ramp and follow the arrows to the West Deck.
    • Please proceed up the deck following the red lane circles up several levels proceeding to the RED door.

    MISS MCCORMICK’S AND MRS. CATHEY'S THREE/FOUR-YEAR-OLD CLASSES

    C West (Blue Door)
    • Enter the parking deck driving straight down the ramp and follow the arrows to the West Deck.
    • Please proceed up the deck following the gold lane circle (outer lane) up to the BLUE door.

     

    MRS. HAVIS’S PREK CLASS
    A East (Gray Door)

    • Enter the parking deck driving straight down the ramp, take the second left at the green door (B East)
    • Follow the arrows to the GRAY door.


     LOWER SCHOOL STUDENTS ONLY 
    Parents are provided with two options; parking or drop-off/pick-up. 

    Before School Arrival
    Option 1: Drop Off

    • Make sure you display your HCA rearview mirror parking identification tag
    • Enter the parking deck from the right lane and follow the arrows to the west deck
    • Proceed to the yellow-striped drop-off area on Level D- gold door.
    • Your child will exit your vehicle and enter school through Level D- gold doors.
    • You may leave the building via the parking deck and proceed through the exit

    Option 2: Park

    • Make sure you display your HCA rearview mirror parking identification tag
    • Enter the parking deck from the left lane and follow the arrows to the east deck and park at Level D gold doors or above.
    • You and your child will exit your vehicle and enter school through the Level D (gold), Level E (red) or Level F (purple) doors
    • You may leave the building via the parking deck and proceed through the exit

    After School Departure
    Option 1: Drive through Pick-up

    • At the end of the day, all lower school children are prepared for dismissal.
    • As you enter the building from the right lane, please proceed to the west side of the parking garage to Level D gold doors. 
    • Display your family number located on your visor tag for the dismissal coordinator to page your child/children. 
    • Family numbers are called in order as vehicles arrive in the building.

    Option 2: Park

    • Make sure you display your HCA rearview mirror parking identification tag
    • Enter the parking deck from the left lane and follow the arrows to the east deck and park at Level D gold doors or above
    • Park, enter the building.  Prior to the bell, make your way to the cafeteria to wait.  Once the bell has dismissed you may go to your child's class to pick them up.

    ADDITIONALL NOTES FOR DROP-OFF/PICK-UP
    Please do not drop off your student at the Blue door.
    Single family pick-up of Lower School students or combination of Lower and Upper School students are as follows:

    • Please display your HCA rearview mirror parking identification tag.
    • Enter the parking deck from the right lane going down the ramp into the west side of the parking deck.
    • Drive up the west center ramp and follow the signs to the following doors:
      • Gold door: Single family pick-up (Kindergarten - Grade 3)
      • Red door: Single family pick-up combination of Lower School (K-5) and Upper School (6-12) students.
      • Gold and red dots are located overhead in the parking garage to help guide you to the right place.
      • Make sure your child knows your family number and what color door they are to go to.
      • Dismissal will end at 3:18 PM. All students remaining in their classroom at this time will be brought to after care. Please park and come in if you arrive after this time.
    • Other transportation information can be found on the website. If you need further help, please let us know.


    UPPER SCHOOL STUDENTS ONLY
    Middle and high school students are picked up at the Mitchell Swaback Gymnasium at the East Lobby Cafe side door (not the West Lot.) 
    If your family has a combination of Upper and Lower school students you will follow the Lower School transportation plan.

    CARPOOL FAMILIES

    • Make sure you display your HCA rearview mirror parking identification tag
    • Enter the parking deck from the left lane and go straight ahead to the lower level east side Level B green doors.
    • If the dismissal teacher is at the Level B green doors you may show your carpool letter sign so they may call for students.
    • Turn left and follow through the cones to circle down through the east side of the garage past Level A grey doors and back up to be in line at Level B green doors.
    • If you arrive before the dismissal teacher is not at the door when you arrive proceed to get in line and they will collect carpool letters from those already in line.


    SAFETY TIPS

    • No parking is ever allowed in the striped drop-off/pick-up area
    • Drive carefully and slowly throughout the parking structure
    • Cars must always yield to pedestrians walking within the parking structure

    For additional questions, please contact the school offices.

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