Hemenway Tips & Tricks

  • HEMENWAY PTO 

    TIPS & TRICKS  

     

    For all Hemenway Families

     

    Here is a user-friendly guide from us to you. In this guide you’ll find information from pickup to drop off and everything in-between. 

    Welcome!

    PLEASE NOTE NEW SCHOOL HOURS!

    School Begins:  9:15 am

    School Dismissal:  3:30 pm

     

    2 Hour Delay Start Time: 11:15 am 

    Half Day Dismissal: 12:30 pm

    Early Release Dismissal: 1:05 pm

    Vehicles are prohibited from entering the school grounds between 3:15 PM and 3:45 PM to allow for the safe arrival and departure of buses and students.

     

    1. GETTING TO AND FROM HEMENWAY 

     

    MORNING DROP OFF 

     

    9:00 – 9:15 AM: General drop-off period 
    Students who enter the building after 9:15 must report to the office for a late pass. 
     

    DROP OFF INFORMATION & ETIQUETTE  

    Traffic pattern 

    There is ONE entrance and ONE exit. You should always enter on the WEST side of the school and exit on the East. Buses will drive around the school to unload. No private vehicles are permitted to drive around the school, only authorized school department vehicles are allowed. 

     

    Parents must pull up to the designated drop off area in a SINLGE land only to drop off students. In order to expedite the drop off process – and keep the car line moving – parents must remain in cars at all times. Teachers are positioned outside at 9 am to greet students and keep the drop off area safe. Students must quickly exit cars on the curbside (i.e. driver’s side) ONLY. Be aware there is a crosswalk for walkers in the middle of the drop off line (see map above). Walkers have right-of-way.  

     

    Walkers: Front Path

    Students who walk to school will cross Water Street at the crosswalk on the east side of the driveway where there is a crossing guard. Students will walk up the sidewalk, and cross in the crosswalk in front of the bus lane [east side] and continue on the sidewalk in front of the school and enter through the front door.

     

    Walkers: Back Path

    Students will walk on the back path. We have staff monitoring the back path; students will be met by another staff member to cross the bus lane at the back of the school.

     

    Bicycles 

    Older children, with parent permission, are allowed to ride bicycles to/from school. Bicycles need to be secured in the bike rack in the front of the school.  At the end of the day, children riding a bike will be dismissed with “front path walkers” and they will walk their bike across the crosswalk escorted by a faculty member/parent for their safety.  Students who ride bicycles must meet with the Principal or Assistant Principal and their parents to review Hemenway rules for riding bikes on school property.  Parents should contact the Principal or Assistant Principal and request a meeting to review these rules before students ride their bikes to school. 

     

    Crossing Guard 

    Always use the crosswalks when walking to and from Hemenway. There is a crossing guard stationed at the Water St. crosswalk east of Hemenway (car exit). Visibility can be very limited at the crosswalk by Heritage during busy school times. The safest crosswalk is the one on the East side with the crossing guard. 

     

    Early Drop Off

    We recognize that occasionally you might need to send your child to school a few minutes early. Starting at 8:50 there will be limited coverage for students who are dropped off directly in front of the school at the main entrance. Students will enter Hemenway through the front door and sit in the lobby until 9:00. No student should arrive at Hemenway School prior to 8:50 as there is no adult supervision.

     

     

    PM PICKUP 

     

    The front building doors will be locked until the bell rings and students are brought to the cafeteria for parent pick up. The doors are unlocked shortly after dismissal.  

     

    PICK UP INFORMATION & ETIQUETTE  

    NO private vehicles are allowed to enter the parking lot between 3:15-3:45, with the exception of those vehicles that have a handicapped placard.

    No private vehicles are allowed in the lane directly in front of the school during dismissal.

     

    For the safety of our students, No cars are allowed to drive around the school or park in the areas reserved for school staff during the school day.

     

    There is handicapped parking in the front of the school for those who have Handicap Plaques or plates.

     

    Parent Pickup (front doors open at 3:32) – Student pick up located in the school cafeteria 

    All parents/guardians who designate their child to be parent pickup will meet their children in the cafeteria. Parents will enter the school, walk past the front office, and around the rear of the cafeteria. They will enter the cafeteria from the food service area and exit into the lobby.  If your child is in kindergarten or first grade, you must go to the table where your child is sitting to pick him/her up.  Try to be courteous and not block the doorway when picking up your child. Proceed quickly to the lobby exit. 

     

    Walkers: Front Path – Student pick up located outside in the front of the building 

    Students who are designated front path will be escorted by staff across the bus lane via the sidewalk on the east side of the building and walk on the sidewalk to the crossing guard. 

     

    Walkers: Back Path – Student pick up at the end of the back path at the rear of the school 

    Students who are designated back path will be escorted by staff across the bus lane at the rear of the building and down the path behind the school that leads to Donovan Drive. 

     

    Crossing Guard 

    See notes under AM Drop Off.  

     

    PARKING IN AND AROUND HEMENWAY 

     

    All cars MUST park in designated parking spaces only. No double parking, no standing. No parking along sidewalks, they are marked as fire lanes. (Exception: active drop off, 9:00-9:15am only). Before/After School care drop off/pick up: cars must park in designated spaces.

     

    School Parking Lot 

    Parking is at a premium in the school parking lot, and it’s best to avoid parking there during the morning and afternoon rush.  The only parking spaces available for parents are in front of the school; for safety reasons, visitors may not park on the sides of the building. 

     

    NO private vehicles are allowed to enter the parking lot between 3:15-3:45, with the exception of those vehicles that have a handicapped placard.

     

    No private vehicles are allowed in the lane directly in front of the school during dismissal.

     

    For the safety of our students, No cars are allowed to drive around the school or park in the areas reserved for school staff during the school day.

     

    There is handicapped parking in the front of the school for those who have Handicap Plaques or plates.

     

    On-Street Parking 

    Parking on Water Street is prohibited. Parking is permitted on nearby side streets: Bacon, Hemenway and Donovan, etc. following the Framingham’s ODD/EVEN side parking law. Note, you will get ticketed for parking on the wrong side of the street. You will also get ticketed for parking facing the opposite direction of traffic. 

     

    CVS Parking Lot 

    This is your best bet for parking near the school.  The school asks that you be respectful of the lot and not take spaces right in front of the stores.  During school events, this lot can fill up.  Make sure you arrive early to ensure a spot. 

     

    McAuliffe Library 

    There is NO parking for Hemenway families during McAuliffe library hours.