Manhattan Country School will continue MCS En Casa, our distance learning program, for the remainder of the school year.
6-7s Building Study: Progressive Education

Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

Sunday, September 15, 2019

As our school continues to grow, we have revised our arrival and dismissal procedures to accommodate the increasing numbers of families. Please read below for our routines:

School opens at 8:30 a.m. Students are expected to be in their classrooms at that time. Students who arrive after 8:45 a.m. must get a late pass from the front desk to give to their teacher.

4-5s and 5-6s: Living Room & Landing 

If 4-5s and 5-6s arrive with their grown-ups earlier than 8:30 a.m., they should wait on the sidewalk. In the event of inclement weather, they are invited to wait in the Living Room on the first floor with their grown ups before going to the classrooms. If 4-5s and 5-6s children need to be dropped off between 8:00 and 8:30, they may go to the 2nd floor landing. Due to space issues, we cannot accommodate children’s grown-ups on the landing.

6-7s - 9-10: Landing

For Lower School families, we encourage students to arrive closer to 8:30 a.m. We recognize that some parents will need to drop off children between 8 and 8:30 because they need to go to work. If you need to drop off your child before 8:30 a.m., there is a supervised space on the second floor landing where children can wait. We ask that parents not wait on the landing or the stairs with their children because there is limited space. There will be a sign-in sheet on the landing so we can keep track of which students are in the building.

5th-8th Grades: Library

Upper School students are encouraged to arrive before 8:30 a.m. so that they have time between 8:30 and 8:45 a.m. to get settled in their classrooms and prepare for the day. Students who arrive between 8:00 and 8:30 a.m. can wait in the library on the 3rd floor until they are dismissed to classrooms at 8:30 a.m. Students will only be allowed to go their classrooms early if they have made an appointment with their teacher in advance. There will be a sign-in sheet in the library so we can keep track of which students are in the building.

There is no supervision for students before 8 a.m. We ask that students not arrive unsupervised before 8 a.m. Families who arrive before 8 am should wait on the sidewalk until we open the doors.


School ends at 3:00 p.m. for 4-5s through 5th grade. For 6th grade, school ends at 3 p.m. on Monday, Thursday, and Friday and 3:15 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 7th and 8th graders are dismissed at 3:15 p.m. every day. Starting on September 16, Afterschool begins at 3:00 p.m. for participating students.

4-5s and 5-6s: From Classrooms

Families and caregivers should please pick up students from their classrooms at 3 p.m.

6-7s - 9-10s: From Sidewalk

Students will be dismissed by their teachers from the designated area for their class on the sidewalk. In case of inclement weather, 6-7s will be picked up in flex space and 7-8s through 9-10s will be picked up in the gym.

5th - 8th Grades: 

Upper School students are dismissed from their classrooms to leave on their own.