Student Arrival and Dismissal


    Please wait until after 8:55am to drop off your student. Pull as far forward as you can when pulling up to the curb.  Do not leave your vehicle unattended.  If you need to enter the school, please use the parking area.  Please be very cautious pulling away from the curb.


    If there is a change in your students' normal routine, either bus, walking, or parent pickup, an email must be sent to the Mill Pond Office by 2:30 PM. Please email with changes. Verbal directions to your child cannot be accepted as a change. If your student is in need of a bus, please fill out the Rider Registration Form. When picking up students early, please come to the office, and your student will meet you there. If someone other than a parent is picking up the student, be sure you send written authorization indicating that. To ensure the safety of our students, all students who are picked up from school must be signed out in the log book in the office when checked out during the day. When picking up students after school, parents are to meet students and sign them out in the gym. Please do not ask your student to meet you in the parking lot. As school attendance is important and early pick-ups are disruptive to the educational process; we encourage parents to wait until school is dismissed before picking up their child.


    The office has a record for each student for the end of the day pickup. If there is a change from the normal routine, either bus, walking, or parent pickup, a note or email by 2:30 PM is required. Verbal directions to your child cannot be accepted as a change. If you have set up a schedule change for certain days of every week, we will automatically write a note indicating that change. Please notify the office with any changes.


    Unless other arrangements have been made by a parent or guardian, students are expected to be transported from Mill Pond by bus at the end of each school day.  A written note signed by a parent/guardian is required anytime a student intends to ride a bus other than their regular route. Please remember that we cannot take messages to go home with a friend over the phone.  Without a note, students will ride their regular bus home.  Our bus drivers review the bus rules with students at the beginning of the year.  If you have questions about busing or need a copy of the rules, please call our transportation department at 360-458-3300.


    All K-5 students are encouraged to ride the bus to Mill Pond for safety reasons.  Students in 4th or 5th grade may walk or ride their bike to school with parental permission that is communicated to the school office. All students who walk home from school will be released after the buses leave. This is for your child’s safety.  Younger students are discouraged from walking or riding their bike due to concern for their safety.  A written note is required from parents in advance notifying the school that your student has your permission to walk or ride their bike to school.  All students riding bikes are expected to wear safety helmets.  We recommend students use bike locks for protection of their property.  For safety reasons, scooters, skateboards, and other alternative modes of transportation are not allowed. Bikes, scooters, skateboards, or any type of motorized vehicle may not be ridden on the school sidewalks.