Arrival/Dismissal Procedures

Tennessee State Law (effective Jan. 1, 2018): Senate Bill 0954
Please be aware that this state law makes talking and texting on a cell phone – with the device in hand- illegal in an active school zone and punishable by a fine.

Arrival Procedures

Black Fox Elementary doors open for children at 8:15 a.m. each morning. Supervision of students is not provided before this time unless the student is enrolled in the Extended School Program. Students arriving to school before 8:15 a.m. must wait outside in the car. Please have your children arrive at school no earlier than 8:15 a.m. If you need daycare coverage for your children before school, you may consider enrolling them in ESP.

Breakfast will be available in classrooms upon arrival.

Students arriving by Car:

Parents driving their children to school may drop them off each morning on the side of the school by Kensington Drive, rear side of the school building, or the front of the school building. Adult supervision is provided between 8:15 and 8:30 a.m. Drivers should pull up to the curb on the passenger side to avoid stepping out into traffic. Drivers are asked to pull forward to allow all cars to access the sidewalk, as there may be a line of cars waiting to drop off children.

PLEASE NOTE: The parking lot in the front of the building is reserved for parking only, and may not be used as a drop off location.

Students Arriving by Bus:

Students transported by school buses begin arriving at approximately 8:15 a.m. The buses drop off students in front of the gym entrance of the school building, to the left of the front doors. Staff members carefully monitor the arrival of ALL students.

Points to Remember:

Parents who drive their children to school are encouraged to use the carpool loop. Parents who walk their children to school are asked to leave their children in front of the school each morning. Allowing children to walk to class independently will enhance the children’s confidence and independence. This independent arrival also enables teachers to focus their attention on your children as soon as they arrive at the classroom doors.

The instructional day at Black Fox Elementary begins when the children arrive in their classrooms, no later than 8:30 a.m. Teachers will be preparing the children for a successful school day as soon as they enter their classrooms. Children arriving after 8:30 a.m. will be marked tardy. Students arriving late must be signed in by a parent and are required to obtain a tardy slip.

Dismissal Procedures

The instructional day at Black Fox Elementary ends at 3:30 p.m., following afternoon announcements. Carpool lines will begin dismissing students at 3:30. Staff members carefully supervise the car rider pick-up areas at all times. Car riders will meet their rides at the carpool loops.

Pick-up procedures are as follows:

Car Dismissal:

Car enters carpool loop and displays carpool sign in the front window. Please note: The carpool sign created by the school is required and helpful in creating an environment of safety and order. Signs are provided by the school, and families may request additional signs. Any parent picking up a child without an official BFE car rider dismissal sign, will have to park in the lot in the front of the building, sign in, show valid identification, and wait until the conclusion of afternoon dismissal.

Logistics: Cars will enter the carpool loop and pull up by the sidewalk. Students will wait on the sidewalk until their cars arrive and will enter the cars only after they come to a complete stop. Students may not cross the driveway to meet drivers who may have parked cars in parking spaces. Drivers are asked to arrange for children to enter their cars on the passenger side. This avoids the need for children to walk into traffic. Once again, drivers are reminded to drive in a slow, cautious manner while on school groups. Parents collecting their children in the carpool line may not leave their cars while waiting in line. The goal is to have all carpoolers safely loaded in their cars and on their way within 5 to 7 minutes. Please enter the carpool line at the end of the line and be considerate of others waiting in the line.

Carpool Pick-Up Locations by Grade Level:
K Front of School
1st & 2nd Grade D-wing (back of building)
3rd-6th Grade A-wing (side of building near Kensington Drive)

Please Note: Students with siblings in K-2nd grade will be dismissed at the back of the building.

Bus Dismissal:

Students traveling home on buses will be called to the gym. They will line up according to their buses and be escorted outside and onto the buses by staff members. The Department of Transportation will not permit children to ride on buses to which they are not assigned on a daily basis without special permission.

Walker Dismissal:

Walkers will be dismissed by staff members.

Points to Remember:

Our instructional day continues until 3:30 each day, therefore, parents are discouraged from picking up their student prior to the official end of the school day. In the event that you have to pick your child up early, please plan on doing so before 3:00.