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A Message From The Principal:

Dear James A. Garfield Early Childhood Learning Center Families,

This is an important notice! On Wednesday, October 19th, we will be changing morning drop off procedures. We now will have vehicles enter the campus and pull up to the front of the school as staff members come to your vehicle to bring your child inside the school building. Listed below are the Morning Drop Off Procedures. Attached to this letter is a student identification badge that your child must wear. As it gets colder, please make sure this badge is attached to your child’s coat so that it is visible when a staff member comes to your vehicle. If you do not want your child to wear the badge, please have the badge attached to their bookbag. Drop off begins at 8:05 AM. Anyone arriving after 8:20 AM will be marked tardy.

We ask that you try to have your child sit in the rear passenger seat with their belongings on the floor at their feet.

Morning Drop Off Procedures For Students Arriving By Vehicle: 

  1. Make sure your child is wearing their student identification badge.
  2. Pull into the school parking lot and drive up to the front of the school. Stay close to the curb.
  3. Be sure to remain in line with all vehicles as they process through the drop off line.
  4. Never go around another vehicle.
  5. Be sure to be aware of and to yield all pedestrians.
  6. Do not go over 5 miles per hour.
  7. Stay in your car. Staff will help your children out of the car.

Morning Drop Off Procedures For Walk-Up Students:

  1. Make sure your child is wearing their student identification badge.
  2. Enter the campus through the main entrance off Ray Street.
  3. Walk on the sidewalk.
  4. Walk up to the front of the school where you will see a sign that reads, Walk-Up Students Stop Here.
  5. A staff member will meet you and your child on the line. A staff member will walk your child into the school building.

We need everyone’s help to make our morning drop off procedures a successful process, while keeping it safe and speedy.

Morning Drop Off Procedures For Bus Students:

  1. Make sure your child is wearing their student identification badge.

Afternoon Pick-Up Procedures:

For afternoon pick-up, students will continue to line up outside in their designated area. Cars are not permitted to enter the parking lot in the afternoon.

When parking on local streets, you are reminded to always be mindful and always obey posted street signs. Do not obstruct driveways, double park, block fire hydrants and/or park in the factory complex on Kipp Avenue in Elmwood Park.        
We thank you for your anticipated cooperation in this very important parking matter.

If you have any questions, please contact me.

Nicole Grillo, Ed. D.



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