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New Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

New Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

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 new routines:


School opens at 8:30 am. Students are expected to be in their classrooms at 8:45 am, and students who arrive after that should get a late pass from the front desk to give to their teacher.

4-5s and 5-6s: Living Room & Landing Annex

If 4-5s and 5-6s arrive earlier than 8:30 am, they are invited to wait in the Living Room on the first floor with their grown ups before going to the classrooms. Beginning on September 13, an MCS staff member will supervise 4-5s and 5-6s who are dropped off between 8:00 and 8:30 in the Landing Annex on the second floor.  

6-7s - 9-10: Landing

For Lower School families, we encourage students to arrive closer to 8:30 am. 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 am, there is a supervised space on the landing on the second floor where children can wait. We ask that parents not wait on the landing or on the stairs 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 so that they have time between 8:30 and 8:45 to get settled and prepare for the day. Students who arrive between 8:00 and 8:30 am will wait in the library on the 3rd floor until they are dismissed to classrooms at 8:30 am. Students will only be allowed to go upstairs to meet with teachers if they have made an appointment with the 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 am. We ask that students not arrive unsupervised before 8 am. Families who arrive before 8 am should wait on the sidewalk until we open the doors.


School ends at 3:00 pm for 4-5s through 5th grade. For 6th grade, school ends at 3 pm on Monday, Thursday, and Friday and 3:15 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 7th and 8th graders are dismissed at 3:15 pm every day. Starting on September 24, Afterschool begins at 3:00 for participating students.

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

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

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, students will be dismissed from classrooms.

5th - 8th Grades: 

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