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Tuscaloosa Magnet Schools - Elementary

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Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

Ensuring the Safety of Students

  • Dear Parents,

    As we prepare for the first day of school, the principals of Tuscaloosa Magnet Schools and Arcadia Elementary need your help. We have been meeting with Central Office and local safety personnel to create an arrival and dismissal plan that will insure students’ safety.  Please read these instructions carefully. Make sure you follow the directions of those directing traffic and be alert! 

    1. Car drop-off and car pick-up for all three schools will be in front of the building. In the afternoons, TMSE students will be at the front of the walkway, followed by TMMS students, and then Arcadia students. Parents need to have a sign with their child’s last name visible in the front window.
    2. If you plan to walk your child to the front door, you will need to park your car in the parking lot and use the center cross walk as directed by the crossing guard.
    3. All children must be escorted by an adult if walking from the parking area. Do not drop off your child in the parking lot to walk into school alone.
    4. Bus zones will be located on both sides of the building. Please do not enter the bus zones.
    5. TMS students who are eating breakfast will go directly to the cafeteria and then to the gym. All other TMS students will go directly to the gym.
    6. All parents and other visitors entering the building, must sign in at the front desk and receive a visitor’s badge.


    We ask for your patience as we make this transition and safely direct students and cars from three different schools.   Please expect delays the first several days as we adjust to the new traffic patterns.


    Thank you,
    Minda Paxton

    NOTE: For the safety of your child, you may not call the school and change the way your child is riding home.  You must send a note that morning with your child to give to your child’s teacher.  Please do not text or email your child regarding transportation. We must have the transportation change in writing or your child will follow their normal routine.

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