Arrival Procedures and Safety

  • 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.

    Walking School Bus:

    The PTSA Walking School Bus will be walking to Dows Lane on Thursday mornings during Fall and Spring months at Dows Lane If you'd like to find a route near you, or create one, please contact coordinator Maura Gedid. If you'd like to walk with us next Thursday morning, please contact to confirm your signup and route. For questions call 917-439-4093.

    • New signups

    Fill out the permission form (link below), snap a photo, and return via email to

    Click here for the Walking School Bus Consent Form

    Arrival Procedures:  Starting at 7:45 AM, children may enter the building through the main Dows Lane entrance and proceed to classrooms with hallway supervision.  Adults will be present to greet all children and start the day. Classes begin at 8:00 AM. Please refrain from dropping off your child prior to 7:45 AM, as there is no adult supervision in the hallway.  

    By Bus:  We encourage all students who are able to take the bus, to use this service!  It is a safe and timely way to arrive at school. Buses begin to arrive at 7:45 AM.   Students are dropped off at the curb. Dows Lane aides are present to support children as they arrive at school.  

    By Car: If you are driving your child to school, safety is a priority.  We ask for your patience and consideration during drop off as Dows Lane has one way in and one way out.  Watch out for children exiting cars and staff members who are directing traffic. Please "Drive like your children live here!" as you follow all procedures below:

    Drop off begins at 7:45 in the drop off circle.  Pull up as far as you can into the circle with child exiting curbside ONLY! Do not drop off until staff members are present in the circle. To keep the drop off line moving, move as fast as you can while keeping safe.  We encourage families to practice, have backpacks ready and say goodbyes from the car. Please do not leave your car.

    After buses have fully unloaded and completed all bus runs, cars will be directed to enter the parking lot and drive around to drop off in front of the building. Please exit curbside ONLY! This is for your safety!  Be mindful of cars pulling out behind you.

    Late Arrival:  Students who arrive after 8:05 AM will require a late pass. After 8:05 AM, students will enter through the main office to receive a pass in the nurse’s office.  

    Dismissal Procedures and Reminders:

    For all dismissals, please be sure all pink “emergency dismissal” forms include 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. This includes at bus stops.  Children who are not picked up or met at the bus stop will be brought to the main office.

    Requests for Changes in Your Child’s Dismissal:  It is important that whenever there is a change in your child’s dismissal plan, you must let your child’s teacher know via a written note that morning.  Parents may email dismissal changes to the classroom teacher; however, if a confirmation is not received, then the parent must contact the main office. Last minute changes must be made by calling the main office at 914-591-6012.  No non emergency changes can be made after 2:00 PM.

    Enrichment Program Pick Up:  When the Dows Lane After School Enrichment Program is in session, participating children will gather in the gym at dismissal to be met by program teachers.  After school program pick up takes place in the Dows Lane atrium at 3:30 PM. Please be mindful of Dows Lane offices and classroom work spaces.

    By Bus:  Dismissal begins at 2:15 PM 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 and any changes.  On the bus, all students must wear seat belts, at all times. 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 able to meet your child at the bus stop, the bus will return your child to school.  Neighbors are not allowed to take your child off the bus without written permission. In addition, as per 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.

    Pickups/Walkers - Teachers lead classes as they walk the row of buses together with pick ups brought to the cafeteria at the end of the line. Please do not take your child off this walking dismissal line. It is important to follow pick up process below:

    Please enter through the District Office entrance starting at 2:15PM and proceed to the cafeteria. You will gather at grade level signs and  sign out with your child’s teacher. Please exit through cafeteria back doors only.