As a school principal or administrator, you understand the complexities and issues involved in managing school dismissals. The daily rush of vehicles, the staff running around to dismiss all children safely during pick up, and the upkeep of records, equipment, and paperwork can make these processes overwhelming. In a series of articles below, we will show you how to make dismissal smooth, safe, and cost-effective.
Before you begin, take a step back and assess your current arrival and dismissal procedures. Involve your staff and even parents in identifying the challenges around dismissal. Use the goal-setting exercise in the next step to assess the various areas that need improvement.
By assessing your current system and setting clear goals and thoroughly, you will have laid the groundwork for a successful transformation. Stay tuned for the next article in this series, were we will help you establish goals for efficient Dismissals!
The 2nd step towards efficient dismissal is to define your goals. In other words, what do you hope to achieve by streamlining your school’s arrivals and dismissals? Here are some examples of goals:
With careful planning and strategic decisions, you can develop a solid foundation for a smooth and stress-free process. Here are five key decisions to consider:
Deciding where students wait for pick-up is important as it impacts staff workflow and overall dismissal flow. Consider:
Determining parents’ location during pick-up is important. It influences traffic flow in and out of the driveway as well as the campus.