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Old 08-13-2018, 09:38 AM
 
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I posted a question about curbsmart and didn't get any responses, so I thought I would be more general. Do any of your schools use an app for dismissal? The parent has the app on their phone and a signal is sent to the school to release that child. No more standing out in the parking lot or whatever procedure you use. Any one have experience with this type of app?


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I looked at your curbsmart question, and then looked up curbsmart and thought it was a pretty cool idea. We've never used anything like that at our school. We just stand in the parking lot or for walkers, stand on the hardtop with the kids.
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I don't understand the purpose...doesn't the bell indicate school is over?
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We basically do that over our cell phones, but this looks much more streamlined and convenient. However, $100/month is pricey!

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I don't understand the purpose...doesn't the bell indicate school is over?
It's a way to manage car line chaos, not when school gets out.
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This is another perk of secondary: no car rider lines & duties.


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I still don't understand, which probably means it doesn't apply to me.
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Not sure if you are in elementary or how your school handles car riders, but ours have to be called individually to come out of the school and go to the car. We cannot let little kids just walk out of the building to a car.
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How do you use cell phones?

We currently have three people who handle car dismissal. This is in addition to teachers standing with grade levels to monitor the kids. One person stands out in the parking lot and radios names to the front of the school. The next person writes the names down, and the third person uses a microphone to call out the names. The kids are grouped by grade level near the school entrance.
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Not sure if you are in elementary or how your school handles car riders, but ours have to be called individually to come out of the school and go to the car. We cannot let little kids just walk out of the building to a car.
I am in elementary...the bell rings and the kids leave to find buses or parents or walk home. We escort Kinders to buses and parents have to pick them up in the classroom, but that's it. Why can't you let them just walk out?


What you describe seems really complicated.
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Safety. The vast majority of our students are car riders. If we just let them go when the bell rings, we'd have kids all over the place, crossing in front of cars, etc. All of our schools use a procedure similar to ours. I would welcome a system that would simplify ours, like an app.


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Our dismissal is a hot mess. It takes at least 20 minutes to dismiss all students who use parent pick-up . Walkers and bus riders are easy, and luckily I just walk students to their busses, but parent pick-up is a nightmare .
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Safety. The vast majority of our students are car riders. If we just let them go when the bell rings, we'd have kids all over the place, crossing in front of cars, etc. All of our schools use a procedure similar to ours. I would welcome a system that would simplify ours, like an app.

Gotcha. We just have staff assigned duties, just like recess, to keep kids safe at dismissal. Hope the app works for you.
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Old 08-14-2018, 12:28 PM
 
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Zia - Most of our students are picked up, which means we have about 200 cars going through our parking lot in about fifteen minutes. There’s no way to have all of them parked at once, and even with a ton of supervision , we have parents who almost run down children because they’re in such a hurry they can’t wait two seconds.

We have to station someone at the entrance to physically block cars from trying to snake their way around students making their way across the crosswalk after PE or recess before school even gets out. We can’t rely on our parents to be safe, let alone our little kids.

Just releasing the students would be a nightmare and a matter of time before someone was run over.

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It’s similar to your procedure. Students stay inside supervised by teachers. Staff are stationed outside to send car numbers via text. We’re supposed to know our students’ numbers, so when we see it, we call the number and they go outside to be escorted to their car. We fill about 15-21 cars at a time, release them, fill another 15-21. We do use our own cell phones but it’s preferable to the old method of having everyone lined up on the blacktop near the driveway, rain or shine, with numbers shouted at the kids for them to go out to their car. Meanwhile, we’re having to keep 250 students almost silent for fifteen to twenty minutes so that numbers can be heard quickly.

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Old 08-14-2018, 01:58 PM
 
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Oh my goodness. We say "it's 3 o'clock, go line up". We walk the bus line to the gate, see the walkers and riders across the road. More than half are collected by parents who come in and get them.

The beauty of a small school (120 children K-6).
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Where are you texting the numbers to? Where do the teachers see it? I'm thinking a screen, but not sure how that part works. We have nonexistent cell service in parts of our building. Do your kids stay in their classroom or do they go to another location?
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Where are you texting the numbers to? Where do the teachers see it? I'm thinking a screen, but not sure how that part works. We have nonexistent cell service in parts of our building. Do your kids stay in their classroom or do they go to another location?
To each individual cell phone. So there's a text thread with all our numbers in it, and the car line workers text to that thread. Everyone gets it. The kids stay in the classroom. We do have good cell coverage, though.

it's not a *good* system, but it's the best we've come up with so far. I think your app would be much better!
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That all sounds so complicated to me as well! I teach kinder, and I say 'home time, kiddos! See you later' and they walk out of the room and that's me done.

We have a different teacher each day assigned to car park/bus duty, but that's it.

Maybe its a small school/vs. big school thing.
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Old 08-15-2018, 07:20 AM
 
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is a mess too. I don't know if the app would work for us. It's not a small school/big school thing - it's a method of traveling home thing. We have a majority of students who come by car. We have to keep order in the parking lot.


The best set up I ever had at school was with a new building and a huge parking lot. They called it stadium parking. Every parent had to park their car. The teachers walked the students out, the parents came and got their child and walked back to their cars. Then the assistant principal would begin dismissing the cars row by row. It was very organized. It would not work where I am now because our parking lot is not large enough.
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Exactly, letsgomets. It’s a mode of transportation thing as well as a parking lot size thing. Our lot fits 25 nonstaff cars. We have about 250 kids who need to be picked up at the same time. There’s no “just let them go.”
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Old 08-16-2018, 04:03 AM
 
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I agree letsgomets and gromit. Our parents start lining up 30 minutes or more before dismissal time, and the line goes out the parking lot and down the street. We just need to find a way to limit the manpower needed for dismissal. Plus it is dangerous having a staff member standing out there in the parking lot calling names. I've had parents narrowly miss me. Also, in Florida, we get wicked thunderstorms - it always seems to be right at dismissal.
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Old 08-25-2018, 05:07 AM
 
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We do it old-school because many of our parents don't have smartphones or Internet access. (rural area)

Each week a grade level has duty. After school, someone stands outside til the kids leave. They are not allowed to walk in the parking lot. Parents can walk up and get their kids, but the students themselves stand on the sidewalk or on the grass and wait. If they have not left in about 5-10 minutes, we are there to see if they need to go into the office to call home.

I usually have about one child a week who has to go back in to call.
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