Arrival/Dismissal Info

Arrival/Dismissal Information


Reminder: The school day hours begin at 8:15 a.m. and end at 3:30 p.m.  Students are to be seated in their homerooms and ready for class no later than 8:30 a.m.  The building will open at 8:15 a.m. for student arrival.  Please be aware that students should not arrive earlier than 8:15 a.m. as there isn’t any one available to supervise them.


After Hours:

The school office closes at 4:05 p.m.  If you have any questions concerning your child’s bus, please call the Krise Bus Company at 724-349-3944.


Arrival/Dismissal  - Important Information

The district currently provides bus transportation for all students.  Families, however, may still choose to have their child be a car kid.  In order to ensure student arrival and dismissal is safe for all students, we have implemented certain drop off and pick up procedures. These procedures may not always be convenient, but they were designed with safety in mind.  Staff members will be outside to make sure the process runs smoothly. Please review the following arrival and dismissal procedures. Delays are to be expected for the first few weeks of school. We thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation as we work through the fastest and safest way to dismiss our students.


Arrival Procedures: If you choose to drop your child off in the morning, travel down Shyrock Avenue, from 4th street, pulling up to the Junior High side entrance. You can drop your child off at that section of the sidewalk. They will then walk up the sidewalk to the side entrance. Please do not drop off at the main entrance doors. Those spots are reserved for the buses.


Dismissal Procedures: To keep the buses on schedule, at the end of the day we will be dismissing the students riding buses first. Car pick-ups will be dismissed after the first wave of buses. 


Important – If you are picking your child up after school, please make sure to do that on the Shyrock Avenue side of the building. Your passenger door should be on the same side as the sidewalk so your child can safely enter the car.  Students are not permitted to cross the street to get into your carPlease stay in your car!  For safety reasons we cannot release students to walk to your car, even if you escort them.  Pull your car all the way down to street toward the stop sign on 5th Street.  This is important as it will allow the maximum number of cars to line up without blocking the intersection.  Staff will walk to your car to get your child’s name.  They will radio inside and your child will then be released to get into your car.


Bus Assignments:

Bus assignments will be mailed home.  If your child rides a bus and you do not receive a letter listing his/her bus information, please call the transportation office at (724) 463-7591 during the week before school begins.  For student safety, please do not change buses during the school year.  For cases of family emergency, requests to have your son/daughter ride a different bus must be made in writing and submitted in advance to the office.  All bus students should plan to ride the bus on the first day of school.  Any transportation corrections or problems can be identified if all riders are on board.  If you have a problem and need to speak to someone, please call Krise Bus Service, 724-349-3944.


Change in Transportation — Important Information
If you need to change your child’s dismissal plan, please send a dated and signed note to the office in the morning of the change. If dismissal plans change during the day, please contact the office before 2:00 P.M. so we have enough time to implement the change. 


Important Early Dismissal Information

You will need to provide verification of appointments when your child is either late to school or leaving early. When excusing your son/daughter from school for a doctor/dentist visit, please remember to ask the doctor for an excuse verifying the appointment. The excuse can be turned into the office upon your child’s return to school. In accordance with our attendance policy, any early dismissal will be considered an unexcused absence from school for the time out of the building if a medical excuse is not submitted within three (3) days of the date of dismissal. It is important to note that students are not permitted to make up any work/tests for unexcused absences. The unexcused time out of the building will be accrued until three (3) hours has accumulated at which point a half day unexcused absence will be assessed.


Please be aware


It is important for your child to attend and be on time for school on a daily basis.  Please review these arrival and dismissal times.


  • Starting time is 8:30 a.m.
  • Dismissal time is 3:30 p.m.
  • Arrival between 8:35 a.m. and 10:05 a.m. = tardy
  • Arrival between 10:06 a.m. and 12:20 p.m. = ½ day absent
  • Arrival after 12:20 p.m. = Full day absent
  • Departure between 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. and NOT returning to school = ½ day absent


Scheduled early dismissals are at 11:45 a.m.




SCHOOL DELAYS OR CANCELLATIONS:  In bad weather, or for any emergency when school may be closed, delayed, or dismissed early, announcements will be made on the radio and TV. Radio stations announcing this information are: WCCS (1160 AM) and WDAD (1450AM). TV stations are: WTAE (Channel 4) and WPXI (Channel 11). If you are connected to the Internet, go to and click on “Schoolcast” for the latest information on school closings and delays.


PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE SCHOOL ON SCHOOL DELAYS OR CANCELLATIONS:  We must keep our phone lines open for emergency communications.  


Be sure to have a back-up plan with your children in case of an unscheduled early dismissal. Arrangements should be made ahead of time for emergency childcare if needed.


DELAY TO CANCELLATIONS: Sometimes school is cancelled after a delay has been called. Continue to listen to your radio/TV for updates.


2-HOUR DELAYS: Children who ride buses should report to their bus stop 2 hours later than normal. All children should report to school by 10:30 a.m.  Breakfast will not be served on days with a delay. Dismissal will be at 3:30 p.m. as usual.


EMERGENCY EARLY DISMISSALS: It is important that parents establish a plan for their children in the event of an unscheduled early dismissal.  Your children should know what they are to do if school is dismissed early. It is impossible for us to alert everyone by phone when this happens.  You will receive a BLUE DISMISSAL PAPER early in the school year asking you to indicate how your child is to be dismissed on these days.  We do not permit children to call home on these days.  Teachers will follow the dismissal information that you provide to us.