Drop Off & Pick Up

Safety in our parking lots and the street is extremely important. Please follow these procedures to keep all of our students safe:

The perimeter of the parking lot is for drop-off and pick-up only. Please be considerate of the many parents who are trying to drop-off or pick-up their children by not lingering in the perimeter (especially during drop-off).

  • Children should be ready to hop out of the car as soon as you pull up. If you need extra time to say your goodbyes in the morning, please stop along Gala Way to do this and then pull into the drop off loop.
  • Always have children exit vehicles on the curb side (right side) of the car. This keeps them from opening doors and stepping into spaces where other cars are traveling.
  • Never leave your car unattended in the perimeter.
  • Stay in your car and move forward as others depart in front of you. These will leave space for others to pull in behind you. If you are entering the building, please find a parking space in the lot or along Gala Way to leave your vehicle.


  • The first bell rings at 8:40 a.m.  Instruction time begins at 8:45 a.m. 
  • For student safety, please honor the “Drop Off Only” signs in the drive through at all times.  During Arrival and Dismissal times, there will not be parking allowed in the drop off area for student safety.  
  • Students are to be dropped off at school no earlier than 8:30 a.m. 
  • Students are to report to their line-up area from 8:30 –8:40 a.m.
  • Children may not play on the playground equipment at this time. 
  • For student safety, please be sure to drop students in the designated drop off and pick up areas.
  • When driving to drop off students in the designated drop off and pick up area of Orchard, please use a right turn into the parking lot and a right turn out of the parking lot.  This will ensure student safety and allow our parking lot to run smoothly.


  • School dismissal is at 3:15 p.m. Monday through Thursday.  Fridays at 2:15 p.m. for all grade levels. 
  • For student safety, please honor the “No Parking” and “15 Minute Parking” signs in the drive through at all times. 
  • Students are asked to meet their parents and Orchard Elementary siblings or friends after school at a designated area.
  • To avoid confusion on the part of students who need to head home, we ask that children and parents wishing to play on the playground equipment refrain from using playground equipment from 3:15 – 3:30 p.m.

Crossing Guards

Crossing Guards will be at the following locations before and after school:

  • Orchard Elementary front parking lot
  • Orchard Elementary front entrance and crosswalk
  • Gala Way and Purple Sage St.
  • Gala Way and Westcliffe Boulevard
  • Bus loop intersection with Brantingham Road
  • School access road intersection with Brantingham Road

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