Elementary School

Waterloo Elementary School

Updated Parking Lot Procedures - please read and share!
Due to ongoing safety concerns with car rider drop off and pick up of students in the MS front parking lot, we are adjusting our car rider morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up procedures.

Please note the following changes starting next week:
Parents may drop-off students in the car rider line behind the elementary building at door #10 or in front of the high school at door #2. We will be blocking off the portion of the parking lot in front of the Elementary and Middle schools' front door (which is door #9) each day from 7:30 - 7:50 am and 2:30-2:50 pm. Vehicles will no longer be able to cross through that lane of the parking lot to go from the back elementary parking lot to the front of the high school and Industry road at these times. The fire lane where the buses load and unload students will be accessible once the buses depart. Students arriving after 7:50 am may be dropped off at the fire lane curb to enter the front door #9.

Having students walk across lanes of traffic or between buses is a serious safety concern. We continue to encourage parents to use the drop off lanes so that students exit their vehicle right onto the curb and do not cross through traffic.

Parents are encouraged to allow for extra time in the mornings starting next week to drop off their students at the back door #10 and avoid the front door area altogether. Also, drivers should direct their students to exit their car once the car has come to a complete stop anywhere along the sidewalk between the orange cones. Cars should only stop between the cones and not block the crosswalk at door #10. Students should exit quickly and carefully and drivers should triple check all areas around their vehicle before pulling away from the curb. Please keep your eyes on the road while your vehicle is moving.

We also continue to encourage drivers to SLOW DOWN in the parking lots and be extra cautious. Student safety is our number one priority! Please contact the school if you have any questions.

Recess Weather Guidelines
Students go outside for recess every day unless the temperature or wind chill is at or below 20 degrees fahrenheit, or if it is raining, or if there is too much snow on the blacktop.
Please make sure your student has an adequate winter coat, gloves, hat, and boots. There are many community resources available if you do not have these items for your child. Please call the school office if you need assistance!

Halloween Costumes for the Parade and Party

In order to provide a physically and emotionally safe environment free of the darker side of Halloween, Waterloo Elementary School students should adhere to the following costume rules:

  • Masks are not permitted

  • Weapons are not permitted (including pirate swords, etc.)

  • Blood and/or ‘gore’ are not permitted

  • Rollerblades, skateboards, and ‘wheelie’ shoes are not permitted

  • minimal face painting is acceptable

Students who do not meet these standards will need to change their appearance or risk exclusion from the parade and party.

All school rules remain in effect during the Halloween parade and parties.

Room mothers/parents may go to the classrooms at 1:00 pm to help set up for parties and prepare for the parade.

Student Drop Off and Pick Up Guidelines

Please read carefully!  Safety is our top priority!

  1. Please drop off car rider students along the curb at the rear entrance of the building.  Students may enter the building at door #10 from 7:40-8:00 am.  Please use the road that runs by the back ball fields, loop around the elementary parking lot and playground area, and drop students off along the curb at the elementary entrance door #10.  

  2. Please do not pull through the parking lot and send students across the traffic lane to enter the building!  (You may notice parents of preschool parents walking their students across the traffic lane and this is what they are supposed to do as they ‘hand deliver’ their child to the preschool staff each morning inside the doorway.)

  3. Please watch in all directions as you are pulling away from the curb!  We’ve seen many parents watching their child walk into the building as they are pulling away and forget to visually check the other way for any cars or people!

  4. Students may exit your vehicle along the curb anywhere between the two entrance doors.  We ask that you direct your child(ren) to exit your vehicle on the passenger side so they step out onto the sidewalk.  Students should avoid exiting your vehicle on the driver’s side and walking between cars.

  5. For student pickup, please have your student enter your vehicle on the passenger side as much as possible.  

  6. Please do not pull around the car in front of you until your vehicle has cleared the orange cones area and you have visually scanned the entire area to be sure no students or adults are walking through.  

  7. Also, for the safety of all students and staff, no adults are permitted to enter the building through door #10 (except for those who are bringing in their preschool students).  Impromptu meetings with teachers are not possible before school as teachers are busy welcoming their students and dealing with many other responsibilities at the beginning of the school day.  If you need to speak with someone, please come into the main office through the main doors (door #9) and leave a message with one of the office staff.  As always, you can get in touch with the school by phone or via email directly to your child’s teacher.

  8. Cars that are waiting for MS students should pull up as far as possible toward the stop sign and turn on their four-way flashers so cars behind can pull around.

Thank you for following these guidelines to help us ensure an orderly and safe drop off and pick up procedure each day!

Please call the school office if you have any questions: ES: 330-947-2153  MS: 330-947-0033

Thank you all and we look forward to another excellent year!