Any changes in transportation arrangements must be made in writing, even if it is a change for only one day. Transportation changes will not be made over the phone.
Busing is provided by the Public School District for students who live one or more miles from St. Dorothy School. In compliance with Archdiocesan and State laws, students are to remain seated on the bus, speak in moderate tones, keep their hands and other limbs inside the bus, refrain from throwing objects inside or outside the bus, be respectful of bus property, and act in a courteous and respectful manner to the bus driver. If a child receives two misconduct referrals from the bus driver, he/she will not be permitted to ride the bus for one week. If a child receives three misconduct referrals, he/she will not be permitted to ride the bus for the rest of the school year. If such a situation occurs, it is the responsibility of the parent or guardian to flnd transportation for the child. No child may remain at school after dismissal.
If a child who does not normally ride the bus is going home with a bus rider, two notes must be given to the school principal: one from the parent of the child who will be going home with a bus rider indicating that the parent gives permission for his/her child to do so, and one from the parent of the student whose house the student will be visiting, stating that permission has been given.
Riding a bicycle to school is strongly discouraged for safety reasons. Any child under the age of 12 who rides a bike to school must wear a helmet. If the child refuses to wear one, and rides the bike to school, a telephone call will be made to the parent who will have to come and get the bike. Children riding their bikes must walk them in and out of the schoolyard. The school assumes responsibility neither for students who are injured while riding a bike nor for the bike's being stolen or damaged.
Car Drop-Off and Pick-Up
Families who drop-off their child/children in the morning are to use the lane which is designated for that purpose. Students in grades K-4 are to exit the vehicle on the driver’s side and walk directly into the school. Students in grades 5-8 may exit the vehicle on the passenger’s side and walk directly to the teacher at the end of the lane. No student may walk unsupervised in front of a vehicle.
Families who wish to walk their child/children into the gym are to park in the area to the left (facing the rectory) of the parking lot lights.
Cars are not permitted in the front of the school building for drop-off or pick-up.
Students who go home by car at dismissal are to exit the school using Car Line, which dismisses via the gym. Students in grades 5-8 will exit the school when the buses leave the parking lot. Parents of students in grades 1-4 must come into the school entrance and walk their child/children to the car.