Getting to School and Drop-off/Pickup Procedures
To decrease traffic and provide safer routes to school, please review the information below about getting to and from school.
Map of Suggested Safe Routes to School
This Walk & Roll to School map provides you with information to improve your choices as you walk, bike, scooter, skate, carpool, or bus to school. We cannot guarantee the safety of these suggested routes; parents are encouraged to inspect the routes on their own to ensure that the routes are as safe as possible.
NOTE: DO NOT Cross Arroyo Avenue mid-block between Cedar Street and Woodland Avenue. While this may seem like a great shortcut to get to class or the San Carlos Youth Center, it has been identified as a safety hazard. Oncoming traffic cannot see or stop in time when students dart out behind parked cars and run across the street.
Instead please cross the street at either Woodland Avenue or Cedar Street where there are staffed crossing guards to increase visibility and safety.
Walking and Rolling to School
All bike and scooter parking is located by the Wild Zone. There is no bike and scooter parking on Arroyo Avenue. This will remain locked until after school. We will not open the double gates to exit students on the Arroyo Avenue side of the school. However, we will continue to open them in the morning for students to enter the school.
All walking/rolling students will exit the school on the Chestnut/Woodland side of the school. So if they are traveling to the Youth Center, Burton Park, etc., they must cross Arroyo Avenue at Woodland. Please note: Students will not be allowed to walk in front of the Arroyo parking lot entrance or exit.
Remember that bikers must follow traffic laws, including wearing a helmet, stopping at STOP signs, and signaling other drivers before making a turn. Please review safety procedures with your children as the volume of cars on the road before and after school is significant. There will be storage racks for commuting equipment on campus. For bikes we recommend investing in an inexpensive lock that can be used to attach their bike to the bike rack.
Walking, Skating, and Scooting
There are paid crossing guards at key intersections to promote safe crossing to school. All students walking, skating, or scooting must use the crosswalks to cross the street. All students riding skateboards or scooters must wear a helmet. Please review crosswalk etiquette and safety with your children:
- Make eye contact with the driver before crossing in front of them.
- Avoid using devices, such as phones, when using the crosswalk.
- Stand away from a crosswalk entrance if you do not intend to cross, so that drivers will understand your intentions.
- When there is traffic, wait for and gather with other pedestrians
Driving Drop-off and Pickup Procedures
Drop off and pick up your child at Burton Park. You can drop off and pick up your child at any point on the perimeter of the park. There will be paid crossing guards at the intersections above to ensure that all children who walk to and from school, and all children who are dropped off at the park, can get to and from school safely.
- Cedar and Brittan
- Cedar and Arroyo
- Arroyo and Woodland
Enter into the Drop-off/Pickup zone in the Arroyo parking lot on Arroyo Avenue. Safety Patrol students will help facilitate morning drop-off.
Please DO NOT park on Arroyo Avenue right in front of the parking lot. Your child will not be able to meet you there. Park in the parking lot or meet your child in the pickup lane.
- Drive slowly into the yellow hatched Drop-off/Pickup zone.
- Pull all the way forward. During morning drop-off, please wait for safety patrol to open the vehicle door.
- Please do not arrive too early.
- Do not leave your car on while you are waiting in line.
- Always use the Drop-off/Pickup zone for drop-off and pickup.
- Please have your child exit/enter the car from the school side only.
- Please watch for pedestrians walking from their cars to enter the school.
- You may only turn right when exiting the parking lot.
If students do NOT need to cross Arroyo Avenue but need to exit on the school side of the street, they will be allowed to exit on the Arroyo side of the school (most students will not do this). But they will not be allowed to walk in front of the parking lot entrance/exit, nor will they be allowed to cross the street mid-block.