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Transportation

SAFE TRANSPORTATION
IT’S COOL TO WALK TO SCHOOL!

Parents, please encourage your child to walk to and from school with a buddy or a parent. It is proven that walking helps improve academic ability, creates a healthy life style, helps our environment and reduces congestion around our school.

Every Wednesday is “Walk to School Wednesday”.  Please make this a tradition in your household.

If your child walks to school, please share these safety tips with him or her.  Please teach your child:

Not to talk to strangers;
The safest route to school;
The meaning of traffic lights;
To walk, not run, across the street;
To walk directly to and from school;
To use the crosswalk and always look both ways; and
To follow the directions of the crossing guards. The City of Manhattan Beach assigns crossing guards to busy intersections.

RIDING BIKES/SCOOTERS TO SCHOOL

Third through fifth grade students, with parent permission, may ride bicycles/scooters to and from school.  A child who rides a vehicle to school should:

Always wear and buckle your safety helmet;
Know the safest route to and from school;
Learn the laws of bike riding;
Use the bike racks outside of Mrs. Linz’s office to lock your bike/scooter.
Bicycles/scooters are to be walked when crossing the street and at all times on the school grounds.  Students who do not walk their bicycles/scooters may lose the privilege of bringing them to school.

The school is not responsible for missing bicycles/scooters. Please be logical and lock your personal bikes/scooters in the bike rack.

Skateboards, roller blades and shoes with wheels are NOT allowed on campus.

Parents, please note that children who ride bikes are required to wear a bicycle safety helmet.

PANTHER VALET DROP-OFF SERVICE

The Panther Valet Service is designed to protect the safety of our children, create a predictable traffic flow, and prevent blocked streets for all the residents of Pacific. 

 The Panther Valet Service is located in two areas at Pacific: 

“The Zone” on 14th Street (behind the front of the school)
Pacific Avenue (north of the stop sign).   

In order to help the program run smoothly, we ask that you do the following:

Make sure your child(ren) has all of his/her things before entering valet areas.  Don’t block traffic or double-park.
Arrive early to ease traffic congestion and refrain from cell phone use.
Wait patiently in line, pull to curb, and come to a complete stop so valet volunteer can safely assist your child(ren).
All children must exit on the passenger/curb side of the car.
Be courteous to the valet volunteers…children learn by modeling adults!

PICK-UP

A no-stop policy in The ZONE has been established for pick-up.  This means cars will not be allowed to stop unless a child is entering the vehicle.  If your child has not been released from class and is not waiting for you at The ZONE, you will be directed to drive through and allow other cars to pull up.

KINDERGARTEN PICK-UP

Kindergartners are dismissed on the 17th Street playground.  The parking spaces in front of the school on Pacific Avenue are for staff only.  Volunteers may park on campus at the parking lot on 17th Street west of Center Field.

FIELD TRIP TRANSPORTATION GUIDELINES

Students participating in approved field trips must be transported to and from the activity on district-authorized bus transportation.  Students may not participate in a field trip unless a Parent Permission Form has been signed by the parent and returned to the school.  Parents providing additional supervision for the field trip are encouraged to ride the bus as well.

All Pacific Expectations will be followed during Field Trips. Students should utilize their Character Counts and District Policy & Education Code.

Additionally, cell phone use is prohibited and cell phones will be confiscated by the classroom teacher.