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Driveline Process for 2018-19 School Year

The basic Driveline process will remain the same for this school year. See below for important information regarding PLACARDS, CARPOOLS, LOOPS & TIME ASSIGNMENTS and more. 

CONSTRUCTION UPDATE: Please allow for extra time and use caution as the City construction is still underway along Ridgeline Blvd. Construction is scheduled to continue for the next few months. The school has asked the road construction company to minimize the work being done during drop-off and pick-up times but the road will still be one-way only (southbound) with the northbound lane closed. So plan on allowing for extra time the first few days . . . it will get better! Be patient, and remember:

Student Safety is the Primary Concern and Goal During Driveline

Placards

Ultimately, every family needs to have a color placard for entry into Driveline. That being said, it may take some time at the beginning of the year to get all the placards created. Everyone can use last year's placards to start school, as we work to get updated placards for elementary families (or others who need them) in the next few weeks.The placards are required so that you know what time to drop-off and pick up your student(s); and to assist driveline staffers, particularly with bringing out younger children. Placards need to be displayed on the driver’s side visor showing student’s last name. For families with more than one child, last name on the placard is based on the youngest sibling’s last name.
 

How do I get a placard? 

If you don't already have a placard at this point, or need a new one: Send at email to stemhrdriveline@gmail.com with your student's name(s) and grade(s), so that a placard can be issued. If you have a carpool group, just include the names and grades for all students in the carpool, and include at least one parent of each family on the email distribution. 

 
If you have any questions at all regarding driveline or placards,
Also, please note: this email is managed by parent volunteers, so understand that it
will take a couple of days for placards to be made and delivered to the school. You will be emailed when your placard is ready for pickup. You will still be allowed in the Driveline in the meantime.
 
 

Loop Directions

East Loop Middle School and High School (MS/HS)
West Loop Elementary (ES) and ES/MS/HS carpool groups with a variety of grade levels. Groups  with a variety of grade levels to drop at school will drop-off and pick-up just once at the West Loop.
 
Pick up time is determined by the OLDEST SIBLING's dismissal time. Families with all Elementary Students or a mixture of Elementary and Middle and/or High School Students in their carpool will use the WEST pick up loop for both drop off and pick up. Families with only Middle and/or High School students in their carpool will use the EAST loop for both drop off and pick up. 
 
MS/HS students dropped off in the morning at West Loop can go to the MS cafeteria after 7:20 am as long as they sign in on the ‘ES sibling/carpool list’. If they arrive before 7:20 am, then they need to sign into before school care. Students will then be released to class after 7:30 am.
Loop Pick-Up Times

Pick-up Time Window

Color

West ES Loop

East MS/HS Loop

2:20 – 2:30

Green

Kinder – 1st

 

2:30 – 2:40

Orange

2nd – 5th

K-1 with ES siblings

 

2:50 – 3:00

Yellow

2nd -5th with MH/HS siblings

 

2:50 – 3:00

pink

 

Middle / High

3:00 – 3:10

Blue

 

Middle / High

 

NOTE: CARS WILL BE ALLOWED INTO THE PARKING LOT DURING YOUR ASSIGNED PICK-UP TIME WINDOW OR AFTER.  This is a critical to the effective flow of cars. We are not able to accommodate cars that arrive earlier than their assigned time window due to their rider not being outside and ready for loading in the pick-up zones.  Site parking space is limited and there will be nowhere for extra vehicles to wait.

 

Elementary students are led outside by the classroom teacher at their assigned release time from the above chart.  They will be waiting in the designated pick-up loop. Elementary siblings will be held in selected areas and released to middle/high school siblings or carpool students between 2:50-3:00 pm. Anyone not picked up by 3:00 pm will report to BASE (after school program) located in the Elementary School gym. For Middle School and High School students: Anyone not picked up by 3:15 pm will need to report to the Middle School cafeteria for after school care. 

Enforcement policy - citations and fines will be instituted if Driveline rules aren’t followed.
 

 

West Driveline Loop Process:

 

Morning West Loop Driveline:

  1. Cars enter parking lot by turning RIGHT from Barrons at their designated drop-off time. Cars will not be allowed to stack up onto Barrons and will need to loop around if the Driveline is full.
  2. Follow the direction of the traffic attendant to your queue location. Cars will form 2 lines in the marked queue area.
  3. Traffic attendant will release cars from the queue when clear to drive forward.
  4. Proceed as far forward as you can and stop within the drop-off zone, students may exit cars. Once all students are out of the drop-off area, cars will be released to exit.  Stay in your lane – No Passing.
  5. Cars will exit on Barrons. The Left lane will turn Left onto Barrons and the Right lane will turn Right. No changing lanes.

 

Afternoon West Driveline:

  1. Cars enter parking lot by turning RIGHT from Barrons at their designated pick-up time.  Cars will not be allowed to enter driveline early.  Cars will not be allowed to stack up onto Barrons and will need to loop back around if driveline is full.
  2. Follow the direction of the traffic attendant to your queue location. Cars will form 2 lines in the marked pick-up area.
  3. Traffic attendant will release cars from the queue into the 2 pick-up lanes.
  4. Proceed as far forward as you can and stop within the pick-up zone, students may enter cars. Remain parked until the attendant releases the cars to pull forward.
  5. Cars will be directed to exit in 2 lanes, the Right lane will turn Right on Barrons and the Left lane will turn Left on Barrons. No lane changing.

 

East Loop Driveline Process:

 

Morning East Loop Driveline:

  1. Traffic goes past Middle School Entrance and enters Driveline by turning RIGHT from Ridgeline Blvd. at the southeast driveway. Cars will not be allowed to stack up onto Ridgeline and will need to loop back around if Driveline is full.
  2. Follow the direction of the traffic attendant to your queue location. Cars will form 2 lines in the marked queue area.  The 3rd lane to the right will be used by students driving to school and parking and the carpool lane.
  3. Cars will be released in groups to the U-shaped drop-off area. Cars will stay in the 2 lines. Please proceed as far forward as you can and PARK.
  4. Students safely exit cars and walk to the center sidewalk or MS crosswalk staging area, marked in AQUA.
  5. Once all students are out of the drop-off area, cars will be released to exit. Stay in your lane – No Passing. Cars will exit though the Middle School Entrance, RIGHT turn only onto Ridgeline Blvd.

 

High School Drivers: HS drivers (displaying a STEM-issued HS Parking Pass) will enter using the carpool express lane to park in the High School Parking Lot (located in front of the Middle School). 

 

MS Crosswalk: Between Driveline groups, a parking attendant will direct students across the crosswalk at the Middle School Entrance.

 

 

Afternoon East Driveline:

  1. Cars enter parking lot by turning RIGHT from Ridgeline Blvd at their designated pick-up times. Cars will not be allowed to enter Driveline early.  Cars will not be allowed to stack up onto Ridgeline and will need to loop back around if Driveline is full. 
  2. Follow the direction of the traffic attendant to your queue location. Cars will form 2 lines in the marked pick-up area.
  3. Once cars are lined up and stopped students will be released to enter cars in both lanes. Please watch, and pause, for High School drivers pulling out of their parking spaces, and allow them to enter the driveline.
  4. Traffic attendant will release cars from queue once students have entered cars and the area is clear.
  5. Students may not walk between cars or enter cars once cars are released to move forward.
  6. Cars without students will be directed by traffic attendant to circle back around into Driveline.
  7. Cars will be directed to turn alternate into a single lane and will exit driveline by turning RIGHT onto Ridgeline Blvd.

 

*  Bikers and Walkers will be release before Driveline begins and must cross at designated crosswalks.

 

High School Drivers: HS drivers will merge into the driveline as they leave their parking spaces, and will exit through the Middle School Entrance driveway.

 

MS Crosswalk: Between Driveline groups, a parking attendant will direct students across the crosswalk at the Middle School Entrance.

 

Traffic Management Plan

For additional background information: read through the Traffic Management Plan, which identifies policies, procedures and improvements to provide safe and efficient access to the school for parents, students and staff and to mitigate potential traffic and parking impacts on the adjacent business park neighborhood.