Arrival and Dismissal


East Brainerd Elementary school hours are 8:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. The car line begins at 8:15 a.m. and is located in the back of the building. Please do not allow students to exit cars and walk unattended from any point other than when directed by a staff member. If you choose to park your vehicle in the parking lot, you must accompany your child to the sidewalk. This is for the SAFETY of your child.

The car line closes at 8:40 a.m. and the entrance will be closed at this time. The staff on duty in the carline will come in and the doors at the drop-off area will be locked at 8:45. If you arrive late or a staff member is not present to greet you and your child, please DRIVE your child to the front of the building and accompany them into the office to pick up a tardy slip. Tardy students may not walk inside alone. For the safety of students, staff, and visitors, please park in one of the spots reserved for visitors (rather than parking on the side of the driveway). If all spots are occupied, drive to the end of the parking lot and use the roundabout to turn around. Per the Chattanooga Police Department, vehicles may not park on the side of Goodwin Road. Those who do so may be subject to ticketing. When available and necessary, our Student Safety Officer will direct traffic in the front lot.

Students arriving after 8:45 will not be allowed to have breakfast in the cafeteria. Late car arrivals will not be served breakfast after 8:40 a.m.

Pick Up

Student dismissal begins at 3:45. All car riders are held in the gym until their name is called by the teachers on duty. If a student does not hear his/her name, they will be sent to the front office for pick up. You will need to bring your child’s current school-issued car dismissal card with you to receive your child.

Please make sure that your child’s current, school-issued car dismissal card is displayed in your window so your child’s name can be called and they are prepared to be dismissed to you when safe.

We appreciate your following the directions and instructions of the teachers and staff on duty for both arrival and dismissal. Each afternoon we dismiss approximately 600 or more students from our building to cars. It is of the utmost importance that our students are safe during their loading of cars. Please turn down your radios and do not use your cell phones while in the car line.

If there is a change in the way your child is to go home in the afternoon, a note must be received by the teacher or the office no later than the morning of the change of transport. Do not call the teacher or send a text message during the school day on the date of the change as the teacher will be busy with his or her instructional duties. When a change involves new bus transportation, a transportation slip must be completed and accompany the student to the bus. Please send a note or come into the office to ensure that your child is taken to the correct stop.

No phone-in transportation changes will be taken. You must send a note or come by the school to make transportation changes. This should be reserved for emergency changes in how a child is to go home.

Without a note from a parent/guardian your child will go home on their regular transportation.

At 4:15, students remaining at the car line will be brought to the office (unless they are registered for SACC) and phone calls will be made to parents and guardians. Frequent late pick-ups will not be tolerated. A record of late pick-ups is kept and will be addressed on an individual basis if this becomes a habit.

Early Dismissal


Should you need to dismiss your child before the end of the school day, please use the following procedures:
1) Write a note to your child’s teacher indicating the reason for the early dismissal and approximate time you will arrive to pick up your child.
2) Upon arrival come directly to the school office to sign out your child. A child will not be dismissed to anyone not listed on their dismissal card unless the office is notified of the addition. For the safety of our students, we will ask to see picture identification of all persons picking up a child. Please inform any who will be picking up your child of this policy.
3) Please wait in the office for your child. The staff will call the student from their classroom. This will minimize disruption to class.
4) Because of the nature of dismissing our large student body safely and the large amount of traffic, dismissals after 3:00 will not be permitted unless pre-arranged or approved by administration.
5) Three unexcused early dismissals count as an unexcused absence. You will need to send a note from the doctor within 5 days for it to be excused.
6) Students may not be dismissed by middle or high school siblings unless a parent has made prior arrangements with administration.

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