Head of School Update: New Important Routines for Entering Campus

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    Dear SSIS Parents,

    All of our school and administrators, faculty, and staff were thrilled to welcome your children back to campus today. Their smiling faces and joyous laughter filled the air as they re-connected with friends and classmates. The excitement was palpable.  

    During our first full day of Grades 1 – 12 back on campus, we noted a few areas of improvement that will make our entry and exit process even smoother and keep your children safe. We thank you for partnering with us in ensuring that we uphold the highest standards of health and safety. 

    Please read the following important changes to our morning entrance routines, effective from Monday, August 20. 

    Entrance Routines

    School-wide, we will be limiting the number of cars that will be allowed on campus at a time. It is important to remember that drivers must remain in the car at all times. The drop-off area is not for parking. See the image below.

    As an effort to enforce our social-distancing guidelines and to maintain the health and safety of our community, we ask that parents leave immediately after dropping students off and do not gather near the turnstiles.

    Elementary School

    1. 7:30 am – turnstiles will open for grades 1 – 5 (please note that no students will be allowed on campus before 7:30 am).
    2. All students in grades 1 – 5 will proceed to the Atrium and playground areas (grades 1 – 3 will not be met by teachers in the Plaza).
    3. 7:45 am – students will go to their classrooms.
    4. EC/KG students will not be permitted on campus before 8 am. Students arriving prior to 8 am are asked to wait at the picnic tables behind the cafe. 

    Middle School 

    • 7:30 am – turnstiles will open for middle school students
    • MS students may proceed to the cafeteria
    • 7:45 am – students will go to their lockers and then their first block class

    High School

    1. 7:30 am – turnstiles will open for high school students
    2. HS students must enter via the Business Office hallway, and proceed to the stairwell directly beside the Business Office to access the HS classrooms.  
    3. HS students should avoid the Plaza during ES drop-off and pick-up times.

    Exit Routines

    School-wide we will be limiting the number of cars which will be allowed on campus at a time. It is important to remember that drivers must remain in the car at all times. The drop-off area is not for parking. See the image below.

    All School

    1. Should you need to leave your vehicle, please park in the parking lot.
    2. Vehicles are not allowed to double park in the drop-off zone.
    3. Pedestrians must always use crosswalks. 

    As traffic will continue to be a challenging issue, we encourage you to consider the school bus as an alternative to your child’s arrival and departure to and from school. Please contact the Business Office for details. 

    Learning new routines at the beginning of the school year takes a while for adults and students alike. However, at this time, we need your help to enforce these safety measures. And, we would greatly appreciate it if you would share this information with your drivers, caregivers, and all others who may need to be informed. 

    We share a common goal; that of care and excellence for your children and as always, I thank you for your support and your cooperation. Should you have any questions or recommendations, please do not hesitate to contact me or speak with me at the beginning or end of the school day. 

    All good wishes,

    Dr. Catriona Moran

    Head of School