Parents entering the school office from 8:00-8:30 a.m. are asked to park on the Parish Hall side of the office and enter via the sidewalk from the hall lot. Please take care to not cross through the carpool line.
Arrival and Dismissal Carpool Policy:
Parents are responsible to arrange carpool.
Only students participating in approved after school activities are permitted to remain at school. Siblings and other carpool members must go directly home at dismissal.
Cell phone usage while driving is prohibited.
Pets are not allowed on school grounds
Transportation/Parking Morning Carpool drop-off begins at 7:55 a.m.
Sixth grade Safety Patrols will be stationed on the sidewalk from the flagpole to the gym to safely open vehicle doors.
Have your passengers ready to exit the vehicle from the right side of the car only, when you have pulled to the sidewalk.
Please wait until a Safety Patrol person approaches your stopped vehicle. All students must exit from the right passenger side of the vehicle. Drivers need to remain in their cars. All students will walk on the sidewalk and proceed to the Student Only Entrance.
Please refrain from using your vehicle’s trunk to transport book bags. Thank you for your cooperation in the safety of our students.
Carpool drivers enter the SJS property from Peachtree Street. Turn right at the cones.
Proceed to the next set of orange cones and make a left between island and curb.
Proceed to the sidewalk and make a left to drive across the front building entrances.
Proceed to the corner of the building, and turn right to drive down the long side of the School building, past the Student Entrance toward the Gym, following the yellow line and moving up as far as possible along the building before stopping.
Students exit their vehicles, walk on the sidewalk and enter through the Student Only Entrance.
Vehicles turn left at the end of the parking lot.
Enter St. Joseph School property at Peachtree Street.
Proceed to CAR or VAN lane.
The first three lanes are for cars.
The fourth lane is a pedestrian lane.
The fifth and beyond are for vans and SUV’s.
TURN OFF ENGINE. Please remain in your vehicle.
Students exit building and proceed to their vehicles.
**Vehicles are stopped in the second carpool lanes once the students begin to exit the building. Once the students are all in their vehicles, the signal is given to TURN ENGINE ON.
As directed by a faculty member, first carpool proceeds out of the parking lot via “Franciscan Way” Road.
Second carpool is directed into vacated CAR lanes.
Please turn off your engines; students will proceed to their cars when directed.
Once first carpool has exited the parking lot, second carpool exits. ***Students are not permitted in the second carpool area.
*** Students remaining after the third round of cars will be directed to Extended Day and parents will be charged accordingly.
Students are allowed to ride bicycles to school and are expected to observe all safety rules. Bicycles should be locked at the designated bicycle racks.
As a safety precaution, students are not allowed to ride bicycles within the parking lot.
Students should remain away from the bicycle area during lunch and recess.
Bicycle riders must wear a helmet.
24 Walkers are assembled in a specified area at dismissal time.
They are dismissed as a group by the designated faculty member(s) at a time deemed safe. This policy is in effect for all walkers regardless of parental accompaniment.
A Permission Form must be signed and on file with the school administration. St. Joseph School will follow the safety directive of Fairfax County’s Transportation Department which permits a student who lives within a radius of one (1) mile of the school to walk/bike to or from school.
Proof of a destination address is required for each student who walks/rides to or from school.
The following regulations must be strictly adhered to:
* Students must use extreme caution entering and exiting the school parking lot. * Students must arrive at school by 8 AM.
*Students must exit immediately following afternoon announcements. (Out the 2nd grade doors, under the supervision of the walkers moderator).
*Students must follow each directive of teacher(s) on duty.
*Students must submit written parental permission
*Students must at all times represent the St. Joseph’s Code of Conduct.
*Students riding a bicycle must wear a helmet and possess a lock for the bicycle. *Students must walk on sidewalks (where present) and bikers must follow all safety rules. *Students must go directly to destination and not return to St. Joseph School property.
* Students must know home and emergency phone numbers.
*Parents must provide alternate transportation for their student on inclement days.