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Dear Parents,

Please review the following Drop Off/Pick Up, campus traffic flow and parking procedures for the 2011-2012 school year, including the process for families with children in multiple divisions of the school.

Please take special note of the following changes:

1) There are new designated parking spaces (painted green for parents) and instructions for parents who wish to park and walk onto campus to pick up their children.

2) The Drop Off/Pick Up location for grades 4 and 5 have changed.

Please know that these new driving patterns have been painstakingly designed to ensure student safety, improve campus access for families, minimize parent wait time and maximize traffic flow on and around the campus. Please contact your division offices if you have any additional questions. Thank you for your attention and cooperation.

Campus Drop Off / Pick Up, Traffic and Parking Procedures and Rules
For the next school year there will continue to be significant construction activity on and around campus. Significant procedural changes, detailed below, will be made to traffic patterns and parking prior to the start of the school year.

Traffic Flow
• To speed traffic flow, please circulate around the City block that encloses the campus in a clockwise direction. Vehicles would therefore always be making right-hand turns to enter and leave the campus (Click here to view Campus Driving Map).

• Vehicles may not wait on the roads surrounding the campus. If the entrance is blocked, please circulate around the block.

• When necessary to facilitate construction, the northwest access road to the campus will have restricted opening from a half-hour before until a half-hour after student start and finish times, to aid drop-off and pick-up. This access road is one way, eastbound from the north east corner of the Ortega Village Center, passing behind the construction site, into the Highlands parking lot to the Middle School drop-off area (see maps).

• Additional visitor parking has been designated within the Highlands parking lot at the north east corner of the campus. As a priority, space will be maintained for Preschool parent parking to facilitate the required sign-in and sign-out of students, and for the walk-in pick-up of younger students.

• The access road in front of the Preschool will be one way, northbound only during drop-off and pick-up.

• Due to construction, from time to time public access may be temporarily restricted to facilitate the building activity.

• Student safety is always of paramount concern. Adherence to the campus speed limit of 10 mph and to directional road signs is required at all times.

• Please note, the City is requiring the school to construct a raised median in the center of La Novia to prevent northbound left-hand turns into the main campus entrance (center La Novia gate).

• Traffic regulations, including turn restrictions, are strictly enforced by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

IMPORTANT CHANGES DUE TO CONSTRUCTION

Drop off and Pick up

The City of San Juan Capistrano does not allow vehicles to stop, even for pick-up, on any of the streets around the school where the curb is painted red. Pick-up or drop-off of students in the Ortega Village Center is strictly prohibited. All students must be dropped off or picked up on campus, in the designated areas. We do have limited capacity in the Highlands parking lot for parents to park-and-walk to pick-up their student(s). Please use the designated vehicle drop-off and pick-up zones, as detailed below and on the attached maps:

Preschool (Click here to view Preschool Map)

Enter from the center La Novia gate and park in front of the Preschool or enter the north La Novia gate and park in the Highlands lot. Please walk into the building to sign-in and sign-out all Preschool students. Exit through the north La Novia gate. Right turn only.

Kindergarten (Click here to view Kindergarten Map)

Drop-off and pick-up is curbside on the north side of the Preschool building, immediately after the new raised pedestrian crossing in the Highlands parking lot. Enter by the north La Novia Gate or the Ortega Village Center gate, and exit by the north La Novia gate. Right turn only. Vehicles may cue on campus driveways; however, in compliance with Orange County Fire Authority regulations, drivers must remain in the vehicle at all times. Dismissal of Kindergarten students is restricted to the specific area noted above and requires a visual release by faculty to an appropriate adult or Upper School sibling. Families will be issued a pick-up identification number prior to the start of the school year to expedite this process.

Lower School: Grades 1 through 5 (Click here to view Lower School Map)

Drop-off and pick-up is curbside by Sillers Hall and at the central island in the Gateway parking lot. Enter from the center La Novia gate only. Vehicles may cue on campus driveways; however, in compliance with Orange County Fire Authority regulations, drivers must remain in the vehicle at all times. Exit through the south La Novia gate. Dismissal of Lower School students is restricted to the specific areas noted above and requires a visual release by faculty to an appropriate adult or Upper School sibling.

Families will be issued a pick-up identification number prior to the start of the school year to expedite this process.

Lower School: Park-and-Walk (Click here to view Lower School Map)

We have limited capacity in the Highlands parking lot for parents to park-and-walk to pick-up their student(s). Parents should walk along the back of the Preschool and Gateway buildings and pick-up their student(s) by the Hot Lunch distribution windows.

Middle School: Grades 6 through 8 (Click here to view Middle School Map)

Drop-off and pick-up is curbside adjacent to the construction zone and starts immediately west of the new raised pedestrian crossing in the Highlands parking lot. Enter by the north La Novia Gate or the Ortega Village Center gate, and exit by the north La Novia gate. Right turn only. Vehicles may cue on campus driveways, including the new access road; however, in compliance with Orange County Fire Authority regulations, drivers must remain in the vehicle at all times.

Upper School: Grades 9 through 12 (Click here to view Upper School Map)

Drop-off and pick-up is curbside in front of the Pasternack Field House. Enter from the Calle Arroyo east gate and exit by the west gate. Right turn only. Vehicles may cue on campus driveways; however, in compliance with Orange County Fire Authority regulations, drivers must remain in the vehicle at all times. Drivers must pull forward to allow full use of the lot – Do not stop at the first bend if there is space ahead.

School Buses

Buses will continue to arrive and depart in the gated area behind the School’s Business Offices.

Multi-Division Family Drop Off and Pick Up

Families with both Middle and Upper School students

Middle School students with Upper School siblings may go to the Pasternack Field House and be dropped-off and picked-up with their older siblings. Drivers must pull forward to allow full use of the lot. Do not stop at the first bend if there is space ahead.

Families with both Middle and Lower School students

Middle School students with Lower School siblings should go to the east side of the Church and be picked-up with their younger siblings.

Families with both Kindergarten and Lower School students

First, drop-off or pick-up your Kindergarten student curbside on the north side of the Preschool building. Enter by the north La Novia gate or the Ortega Village Center gate, and exit by the north La Novia gate. Then, re-enter the campus at the center La Novia gate and drop-off or pick-up your Grade 1-5 student curbside by Sillers Hall or at the central island. Vehicles may cue on campus driveways; however, in compliance with Orange County Fire Authority regulations, drivers must remain in the vehicle at all times.

Families with both Preschool and Lower School students

Drop off your Lower School student first, as described above. Then, follow the directions above to sign-in your Preschool student. In the afternoon, sign-out your Preschool student first, and then return to your vehicle and drive to the Lower School pick-up area; or use the park-and-walk facilities described above.

Families with both Preschool and Kindergarten students

If you are able to time your arrival to coincide with Kindergarten drop-off and pick-up times, you may park and drop-off or pick-up both children in the Preschool building. Please do not arrive early and be waiting for your child to be released; parking is very limited and other Preschool parents need to use the same space to drop-off or pick-up their child. If you are not able to drop-off or pick-up simultaneously, you should use the curbside vehicle drop-off and pick-up zone for the Kindergarten student, or the park-and-walk facilities.

Pick-up and Drop-off Times By Division

Preschool

DROP-OFF TIMEFRAME*   7:45-8:10 a.m.

PICK-UP TIMEFRAME   2:30-2:45 p.m.

SCHOOL STARTS   8:10 a.m.

Kindergarten

DROP-OFF TIMEFRAME*   7:45-8:00 a.m.

PICK-UP TIMEFRAME   2:30-2:45 p.m.

SCHOOL STARTS   8:00 a.m.

Lower School

DROP-OFF TIMEFRAME*   7:45-8:00 a.m.

PICK-UP TIMEFRAME   3:00-3:15 p.m.

SCHOOL STARTS   8:00 a.m.

Middle School

DROP-OFF TIMEFRAME*   7:30-7:45 a.m.

PICK-UP TIMEFRAME   3:00-3:15 p.m.

SCHOOL STARTS   7:45 a.m.

Upper School

DROP-OFF TIMEFRAME*   Not Applicable

PICK-UP TIMEFRAME   Not Applicable

SCHOOL STARTS   7:45 a.m.

*For Friday All-School Late Start, the Drop-off timeframe for all divisions is 8:25 – 8:40 a.m

Parking (Click here to view Parking and Drop Off Locations)

Students:

All parking for Upper School students will be on the north side of the Ortega Village Center in spaces specifically designated by yellow markings for St. Margaret’s use. All students must park in the Ortega Village Center, and only in the designated area, unless specifically authorized to do otherwise. Further information on parking for students will be provided separately.

Parents:

A limited number of short-term visitor spaces are reserved in the Gateway, Highlands and Tartan Field lots. Visitors may also use marked employee spaces in any lot when vacant after 9 am.

 

 

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