Arrival Procedures and Safety

  • Due to ongoing updates, please refer to the Dows Lane Buzz emails for the most up-to-date information.

    Absences and Lateness:

    If your child is going to be absent or late for any reason, you must call the Dows Lane Main Office at 914-591-6012 to report the reason for your child’s absence or lateness. For health related absences and/or to make the nurse aware of a health related issue that may impact your child’s day, please call Nurse Fleming at 914-269-5150.

    Attendance Improvement Plan:

    • Students with 4 unexcused late or absent days in a marking period, will receive an email from the classroom teacher, alerting the family to our concern.
    • Monthly attendance reports will be run in the office to keep track of students with 4 or more unexcused late or absent days in a marking period.
    • Students with 5 unexcused late or absent days in a marking period, will receive a letter from the principal. Gina Menendez, District Social Worker, will check in with the parent/ student.
    • Students with 6 or more unexcused late or absent days in a marking period, will receive a phone call from Gina Menendez, District Social Worker, to communicate our concern and/or set up a meeting in school.

    Arrival Procedures:  

    Starting at 7:40 AM, children may enter the building through the main Dows Lane entrance and proceed to classrooms with hallway supervision. Classes begin at 8:00 AM. 

    By Bus:  We encourage all students, who are able, to take the bus. It is a safe and timely way to arrive at school. Buses begin to arrive at 7:40 AM.   Students are dropped off at the curb and Dows Lane staff are present to assist with arrival.  

    By Car: If you are driving your child to school, safety is a priority.  We ask for your patience and consideration during drop off in the drop off circle. Please watch for children exiting cars and staff member directing traffic. 

    • Car drop off begins at 7:50am  
    • Please pull up as far as you can along the sidewalk with your child exiting curbside only

    Late Arrival:  Students who arrive after 8:00 AM will require a late pass.  

    Walking School Bus:

    The PTSA organizes a "Walking School Bus" with groups of children walking to school together. Please check with your PTSA class parents for more current information and details.

    Dismissal Procedures and Reminders:

    For all dismissals, please be sure your child's Dows Lane Emergency Dismissal and Transportation Form includes up to date information, which includes the designated adults who are allowed to pick up your child.

    • We cannot release children without this written permission.
    • Please do not take a neighbor's child without their prior approval.  
    • Children who are not picked up or met at the bus stop will be brought to the Main Office.

    By Bus:  

    • Dismissal begins at 2:15pm with all 3rd grade classes called to the buses first. This is to support the order of student seating on the bus with oldest to youngest students from the back of the bus to the front.
    • Teachers walk all classes and dismiss at each bus using a clipboard system to check dismissal directions.
    • On the bus, all students must wear seat belts.
    • Bus behavior expectations must be followed at all times, whether the bus is moving or not.
    • Each bus has a monitor.
    • If you are not at the bus stop, the bus will return your child to school.  
    • In addition, as per the bus policy, children are not allowed to ride a different bus to attend play dates.  Playdates must be arranged with written permission for pick up, or arranged after buses bring children to designated stops.


    • Students are dismissed to the gym and wait for a designated adult
    • Famlies and care givers who are picking up line up by grade level 
    • Please have a valid id available to show to staff to comply with our dismissal safety procedures

     Changes in Your Child’s Dismissal:  

    • When there is a change in your child’s dismissal plan, please send a written note to your child's teacher.
    • Please do not send an email, teachers may not check their email during the day, and substitutes have no access to school email
    • In the event of an emergency during the day, please call the office (914) 591-6012 to change your child’s dismissal.

    Enrichment Program Pick Up:  

    When the After-School Enrichment Programs are in session, participating children will gather in the cafeteria at dismissal to be met by program teachers.  After-school programs communicate their pick up procedures.