South Orangetown Central School District

School Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

Procedures are subject to change according to evolving logistical concerns and local, state and federal guidance.
Questions? Contact your child’s school directly.

William O. Schaefer Elementary School

Arrival

  • Buses will unload, two at a time, beginning at 9:15AM.
  • Parent/guardian drop off will occur at the front main entrance beginning at 9:15AM. Parents are required to park on Lester Drive and walk their child to the main entrance. Parents/guardians and students must wear masks and socially distance at drop off. WOS cannot accommodate student arrivals prior to 9:15AM.
  • Active screening of all students will occur as they enter the building. A COVID-19 questionnaire with temperature check at home is required to be completed and submitted to school daily. These will be reviewed and followed up with as deemed necessary by the main office and school nurse.
  • Students will proceed directly to their classrooms where attendance will be taken by their classroom teacher and students may eat breakfast.

Dismissal

  • Buses will be called as they arrive at school and students will be dismissed directly from their classrooms. Staff will be located in the hallway to help students quickly and safely get on their bus lines. Buses will begin departing at 3:35PM.
  • Parent/guardian pick-up will begin at 3:30PM from the main playground area and is not permitted before this time. Parents/guardians and students must wear masks and socially distance at pick up. Please prepare for inclement weather as pick up will remain outside.

Cottage Lane Elementary School

Arrival

  • Buses will unload, one at a time, beginning at 9:15AM.
  • Parents drop off will occur at the Cottage Lane driveway entrance beginning at 9:15AM. Parents will not need to park and should proceed as directed by security to exit the parking lot. CLE cannot accommodate student arrivals prior to 9:15AM.
  • Active screening of all students will occur as they enter the building. A COVID-19 questionnaire with temperature check at home is required to be completed and submitted to school daily. These will be reviewed and followed up with as deemed necessary by the main office and school nurse.
  • Students will proceed directly to their classrooms where attendance will be taken by their classroom teacher, and students may eat breakfast.

Dismissal

  • Students will be dismissed on a staggered dismissal process to facilitate social distancing. Students will be dismissed directly from their classrooms.
  • Buses will begin departing from outside the front entrance at 3:40PM.
  • Parent/guardian pick-up will begin at 3:40PM and is not permitted before this time.Parents must park and sign their children out from the fenced basketball court area. Parents/guardians and students must wear masks and socially distance at pick up. Please prepare for inclement weather as pick up will remain outside.

South Orangetown Middle School

Students must wear masks and socially distance during drop off and pick up. Parents who exit their vehicles must also wear masks and socially distance. However, it is strongly advised that parents/guardians remain in their vehicles unless absolutely necessary to exit their vehicles.

Arrival

  • Buses will begin to arrive and unload at 8:10AM in the Erie Street parking lot. Staggered approach of letting students off of the buses?
  • Parent drive-through drop off will begin at 8:10AM at the main entrance on Van Wyck Road. SOMS cannot accommodate student arrivals prior to 8:10AM.
  • Active screening of all students will occur as they enter the building. A COVID-19 questionnaire with temperature check at home is required to be completed and submitted to school daily. These will be reviewed and followed up with as deemed necessary by the main office and school nurse.
  • Students will report directly to their homeroom (Period 1 class) where attendance will be taken. and are not permitted to congregate in hallways.
  • Lockers will not be used. Students should make sure they have the materials needed for their day at school in their backpacks. Additionally, lockers will not be used for Physical Education classes, so students should make sure they are wearing appropriate clothing on their scheduled Physical Education days.

Dismissal

  • Students will be dismissed alphabetically from their 9th period class according to a staggered dismissal process to facilitate social distancing.
  • Starting at 3:00PM, buses will begin departing from the driveway in front of the main entrance on Van Wyck Road.
  • Parent/guardian student pick-up will occur in the Erie Street parking lot starting at 3:00PM and is not permitted before this time. Please prepare for inclement weather as pick up will remain outside.

Tappan Zee High School

Students must wear masks and socially distance during drop off and pick up. Parents who exit their vehicles must also wear masks and socially distance. However, it is strongly advised that parents/guardians remain in their vehicles unless absolutely necessary to exit their vehicles.

Arrival

  • Buses will begin to arrive and unload at 8:10AM. Buses will drop off students at the main entrance. Buses will drop off students one bus at a time. Once a bus is empty, the next bus will approach the main entrance and let students off.
  • Parent/guardian drop off will begin at 8:10AM at the Dutchmen Arena entrance off Bataan Road. TZHS cannot accommodate student arrivals prior to 8:10AM. Parents should remain in their vehicles while dropping off their children.
  • Students who drive will park in the lot near the tennis court on Dutch Hill Road and will enter the building through the auditorium lobby entrance. Students who walk or ride their bike should also enter through the auditorium lobby entrance.
  • Active screening of all students will occur as they enter the building. A COVID-19 questionnaire with temperature check at home is required to be completed and submitted to school daily. These will be reviewed and followed up with as deemed necessary by the main office and school nurse.
  • Students will report directly to their classrooms and are not permitted to congregate in hallways or cafeteria.
  • Lockers will not be used. Students should make sure they have the materials needed for their day at school in their backpacks. Additionally, lockers will not be used for Physical Education classes so students should make sure they are wearing appropriate clothing on their scheduled Physical Education days.

Dismissal

  • Students will be dismissed from their 9th period class alphabetically according to a staggered dismissal process to facilitate social distancing.
  • Buses will begin departing at 3:00PM from the front of the building.
  • Parents may pick up students near the Dutchmen Arena entrance (Bataan Road) starting at 3:00PM. Please prepare for inclement weather as pick up will remain outside.