Carpool, Delayed Start, & Parking

Ben Franklin Academy property is to be used for all drop-off and pickup of students and for parking for school events.

Morning drop-off (K-8th grades): 7:45 a.m. – 8:10 a.m. *
Afternoon pickup (K-8th grades): 3:30 p.m. – 3:55 p.m.
Morning kindergarten pickup: 11:15 a.m. – 11:25 a.m.
Afternoon kindergarten drop-off: 12:20 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
*Students not in their seats by 8:15 a.m. will receive tardy slips.

Preschool
Morning drop-off: 8:10 a.m. – 8:20 a.m.
Morning pickup ( 3s ): 11:20a.m. – 11:30a.m.
Morning pickup ( 4s ): 12:20p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Afternoon drop-off: 12:10 p.m. – 12:20 p.m.
Afternoon pickup: 3:20 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Student Drop-Off and Pickup

BFA is committed to managing traffic and parking in a safe and effective manner for the benefit of its students and the community. Thus, BFA has prepared a Traffic and Parking Management Plan and Procedures. Click here to view these procedures.

As a matter of school policy, no electronic devices of any kind, including Bluetooth or other hands-free devices, may be used by drivers in the areas designated in BFA’s Traffic and Parking Management Plan and Procedures. Further, to ensure the safety of all, a vehicle may not exceed 10 mph on school property at any time for any reason.

BFA will have two designated loading zones for kindergarten through eighth grade student use during pickup at the dismissal of school. BFA also will maintain a separate area designated for pre-kindergarten loading and unloading. Traffic Carpool Map.

Sign Up to Volunteer for Carpool

To ensure the safety of its students, BFA will have an adequate number of carpool attendants onsite. BFA requests that families volunteer to assist with drop-off and pickup.

We are asking parents to sign up for one carpool shift per month, on a repeating schedule. For example, you could sign up to staff a shift on the first Monday morning of each month. Sign up for a repeating shift by using the SignUp Genius links below. 

If you aren’t able to commit to a repeating shift, simply review the online signups below to determine which shifts have fewer volunteers scheduled. Then you may just drop in, unscheduled, at the school office and offer to help. Please arrive by 7:30 a.m. or 2:55 p.m. 

The online sign ups below won’t show the specific date (Sept. 13), but it will show the 2nd Wed. AM. You can determine yourself which shift matches the date of which you’d like to volunteer. Some shifts are completely full, and some have multiple openings. 

Repeating Morning Shift SignUp: 

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080c4aa4a822a75-bfamorning

Repeating Afternoon Shift SignUp:

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080c4aa4a822a75-bfaafternoon1

Regarding repeating shifts, we are managing the scheduling and reminders through Google Calendar for simple administration. Anyone who signs up for a repeating shift via SignUp Genius will receive an invitation this year from “bfacarpoolvolunteers@gmail.com” to invite you to your assigned, repeating shift.

While we are managing all volunteer carpool sign ups and cancellations through Sign Up Genius, you still need to log your hours via HelpCounter.

Click here to watch the carpool volunteer video.

If you need to cancel your shift or have questions, please send us a message. Email 
 
Thank you for supporting a safe and efficient student carpool process! 

 

Parking

Please do not park in BFA’s Reserved Spots
We’ve noticed that some parents have been parking in reserved spots. Please be respectful of the parents, teachers and administration that paid for or earned those spots with their hard work and refrain from parking in any of the reserved slots.

Special Event Parking

BFA’s Traffic and Parking Management Plan and procedures includes parking for special events at the school. BFA will make reasonable efforts to provide for adequate back-up parking in the event the special event parking is unavailable and communicate any such plans in advance of a special event. To view the Special Event Parking Map, click here.

Delayed Start

BFA Schedule on 90-Minute Delayed Start

BASE: Before school care opens at 8:15 a.m. Please do not drop off your child earlier than 8:15 a.m. for before care, as no one will be at BFA to supervise your child
Carpool: Carpool on a delayed start day begins at 9:15 a.m.
School: School starts at 9:45 a.m.
Half-Day Kindergarten: Morning kindergarten starts at 9:45 a.m. and ends at the normal time. Afternoon kindergarten times do not change – normal start/end times apply.
Preschool: BFA preschool will open at 9:40 a.m. and dismiss at the normal time. Afternoon times do not change – normal start/end times apply.
Buses: The buses will be at the bus stops 90 minutes later than their usual pick up times to bring students to school. Afternoon times will remain the same.

***You always have the option of keeping your child home if you feel that the roads are unsafe – even if BFA is open. This will be listed as an excused absence.

Severe Weather Procedures