Drop-Off & Pick-Up Procedures

Student hugging Comet Mascot in front of Hanover County school busStudent Hours

Students may enter the building between 7:30 and 8:00 a.m. There will not be adult supervision for students prior to 7:30 a.m. Our school day officially begins at 8:10 a.m.; therefore, any students arriving after 8:10 a.m. are tardy. If your child arrives after 8:10 a.m., please drive the loop in the front of the building, dropping off your child and making sure they gain entry safely. A staff member will greet them in the foyer where they will receive a tardy pass. Attending school on time each day is crucial to a child’s success. A child who is tardy starts the day playing “catch up.” Please strive to have your child at school on time daily. It will help to develop a positive pattern for them as they mature.

Morning Arrival for Car Riders

Students may be dropped off at KCES beginning at 7:30 a.m. The designated area for drop-off is the bus loop behind the school (this is a change for this year!). Please enter the bus loop and continue up as far as you can go. Once cars are stopped along the sidewalk, children may exit the cars. In order to prevent a traffic backup, all cars along the sidewalk should unload at the same time then exit and make room for the next group of cars. A staff member will be present beginning at 7:30 a.m. to ensure that students are supervised as they make their way into the building. Students should open the door and exit onto the sidewalk independently to prevent traffic congestion. Once your child exits the car, please wait until that line of cars is released. 

Escorting Your Child into the Building

In an attempt to keep everyone safe this year, parents will not be allowed to accompany their children into the building. Parents should give hugs and words of encouragement for a great day at school in the car. We assure you that there are plenty of staff and student safety patrol members in our hallways to assist students that need help, and we thank you for your support in maintaining a safe environment. 

Notifying Staff of Changes in Afternoon Dismissal Plans

If you know that your child’s typical dismissal plan will be altered, please fill out the “Transportation Note” available from the office. If an emergency arises and you need to make a last minute change, please call the school office at 804-723-3440. Please do not email or text transportation changes, as this is a busy time of day. Please fill out the note to the office to help facilitate any dismissal changes.

Afternoon Dismissal for Students Picked Up from School

If you plan to pick your child up from school at dismissal, please join the line of cars entering the bus loop at the back of the building. Cars will file into the loop as far as they can go along the sidewalk closest to the school. Please have your family number displayed prominently on your dashboard. It is recommended that you clip it to the passenger visor for ease and convenience. Students will be called as numbers are seen pulling into the loop. Please do not leave until all cars in that group are dismissed. This is to keep everyone safe, and we appreciate your patience. 

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