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Dear Parents: It is Raining! We Are Doing our Utmost to Prevent Your Child From Getting Wet at Pick-Up
November 7, 2016
Who says we’re treating our kids like snowflakes?
Dear Free-Range Kids: You’re the only one I can complain to (I’ve tried bringing this up at the school, but have been told it’s for student safety)! It has been raining on and off today, no thunder or lightning. We just got an email outlining the procedures to dismiss the nearly 900 kids from my son’s elementary school.
Lenore here. The boldface is mine:
Good Afternoon Parents,
Our weather has been unpredictable today. We are anticipating that we might have to alter our afternoon dismissal due to the rain. If it is raining, we will follow the following protocols.
Bus riders will go the gymnasium until their bus arrives.
Walkers will proceed to the cafeteria until safe outdoor conditions can be confirmed. If there is no lightning and it is not raining too heavily, students can be released to walk home. If parents want to pick up students from the cafeteria, you will need to do so through the front office and we will radio for your students.
Gold lot students remain under the covered portals. Teachers will direct and supervise the students’ transition to the vehicles. Parents will not be expected to pull down to the portables. Please plan to be patient as we ask for students’ names and find them among the group waiting to be picked up. Putting student names and grade levels on a paper in the front window helps to expedite the process.
Purple lot students will remain either in the main building hallways or the primary building hallways. Teachers will ask parents in the cars for student names and radio inside for students to be escorted outside to their cars. Putting student names and grade levels on a paper in the front window helps to expedite the process.
Thank you for your understanding and patience during this dismissal. Please remember we only use this process if the weather creates unsafe conditions for our students. We appreciate your help to keep all students safe and dry.”
And what great training should they ever find themselves under sniper fire!
Maybe the school administrators learned their rain evacuation procedures here? (U.S. Navy photo by HMC Josh Ives/released)