If you drive your child to school, you must follow GCAA’s drop-off procedure to assure the safety of all our students. Please DO NOT stop in the traffic lanes, either east- or westbound, on Grandel. If you are heading east (toward Grand), please pull into a parking spot and walk your child across the street. If you are heading west (toward Spring), the drop-off lane is the lane closest to the building, and ONLY THAT LANE. To enter the drop-off lane, take Delmar east, Grand south and then turn back west on Grandel. We have to allow traffic to flow and respect that our neighbors are also heading to school and work.
The school day begins promptly at 8:00 am. Students are expected to be sitting in their seats, ready for class to begin by 8:00 am. Please drop off your children early enough that they can get to their lockers and then their classes on time.
[NEW POLICY BEGINNING AUGUST 14, 2012]
Returning parents know what a challenge it is to pick up students at the end of the day in our congested city neighborhood. The following plan has been designed to:
- Keep your children safe
- Allow traffic to keep flowing for businesses, neighbors and GCAA families
- Speed up the time it takes for you while waiting in line for your child
There are three designated pick-up areas at the end of the school day, corresponding to the first letter of your child’s last name. If you have children with different last names, your pick-up area will be that of your oldest child. If you are carpooling, the pick-up area will be correspond to the oldest child of the driver of the car. YOU MUST STRICTLY FOLLOW THIS PROCEDURE. See the map below for further explanation.
At no time will our staff allow your child to cross the traffic lanes to enter your car. If your child’s pick-up location is on Delmar, you must be facing east (Grand). If your child’s pick-up location is on Grandel, you must be facing west (Spring). You cannot park your car and wave your child over if it means he or she will have to cross a traffic lane to get to you. You must line up your cars facing in the directions stated above, making only ONE lane of traffic. You cannot create two pick-up lanes or stop in the traffic lanes on any of the roadways around the school.
The Grandel entrance to the school will not be used for student pick-up right after school. You can only pick them up at the appropriate designated location.
A – G: Pick up location is on Grandel, on the sidewalk between the Urban League and Sun Theater
H – O: Pick up location is on Delmar on the sidewalk west of the Urban League
P – Z: Pick up location is on Delmar on the sidewalk between the driveways of the parking lot opposite Sweetie Pie’s
- Pick up is between 3:30 and 3:50
- At 3:30, staff will walk students to their pick-up locations and remain with students until 3:50. Any students not picked up by that time will be walked back in to the building. If you have not picked your child up by 3:50, you will need to park at a meter and come in the school to get them.
This plan allows for longer car lines, easier sight lines for students to find you, more students being able to get in the cars at one time and we expect that once this procedure becomes familiar, the wait time will be greatly decreased.
This plan also keeps students away from the very dangerous intersection of Grand and Grandel. Returning families know that drivers can be reckless and non-observant. We have witnessed several potentially tragic near-misses.
CARPOOL DRIVERS – Pick up will be by afternoon driver’s student last name.
You can download the map in pdf form, or see below: