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Pick Up / Drop Off Procedures

  • Parents who are dropping off or picking their child up from school can use the drive behind the school and should remain in their car.  (See visual here) Students can be dropped off from 7:15 to 7:30 a.m.  The students will be sent to the gym for pickup at 2:30 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays; 1:30 p.m. on Wednesdays; and 10:45 a.m. on half days.  Supervision will be provided to safely guide the students with this process.

  • When dropping off or picking up your student at Chatham Elementary School, please enter the parking lot entrance off of Church Street. Due to the number of parents using this lane, cars coming from Route 4 should access Church Street from Spruce Street, (just south of the Fire Station.)

  • Please use the “car visor sign” to inform supervisors of your rider.  Signs are available in the office. 

  • If you park your car in the lot, please walk with your child into school.  Students should never walk across the parking lot and drop off lane without parent supervision. 

  • The lane in the front of the building will not be available for parking between 7:15—8 a.m. or 2:15—3 p.m. (M/T/Th/F) and between 1:15 - 2 p.m. on Wednesdays. This lane will be used for buses for the purpose of student drop off or pick up from school. 

  • Please Minimize Transportation Changes

  • Parents that have the occasional schedule change need to send a note to school to communicate changes. Because all notes will go to the office, please put the teacher’s name and student’s full name on the note.

  • The school must be informed in writing if a student is riding a different bus.  Bus changes for the day must be approved by the office prior to a student boarding a bus that he/she does not normally ride.  Otherwise, students are to ride their regular bus and depart the bus at their assigned stop.  In case of emergency, parents may call the office for bus changes before 1:30 p.m.

  • Please inform the office and teacher if there are persons who are not allowed to pick up your child.  Pertinent custody documents must be kept on file in the child’s school record. 

Please hang up your cell phone!

Illinois law prohibits drivers from talking on cell phones in school zones.  This prohibition is meant to protect drivers and keep our students safe.