Transportation Procedures for Arrival and Dismissal

Below you will find instructions for arrival and dismissal. These routines have been developed to best achieve the Master Plan’s objective to expedite arrival and dismissal in the safest manner possible. It is the intent of these routines to give recognition to the impact of arrival and dismissal on the community as well as everyone at the school. We ask that only Summit roadways be utilized during arrival and dismissal. Please refrain from accessing the campus through private lanes adjacent to the school. Grandin Lane is a private lane and is not to be used for either drop off or pick up traffic. The Summit has assured our neighbors that we would remind you of this and we appreciate your cooperation to respect our neighbors and maintain good neighbor relations.

Access to the schools is available as follows:

  • Montessori - 7:45 a.m.
  • Lower School - 7:45 a.m.  
  • Middle School - 8 a.m.
  • Upper School - 7 a.m.

Arrival and Dismissal routines are separated into those using bus transportation versus car transportation.

Bus Transportation:

Start with the Admissions Office by calling 871-4700 ext. 261 to set up bus transportation (either with a district's bus service or the Cincinnciat Public School's Metro bus service for students in grades 7-12.)

- Arrival:  All students arriving by bus will be dropped off in the Front Circle of the Main Building. Teachers from the Lower School will be present beginning at 7:45 a.m. to direct students to their respective areas based on time of arrival. Students will be permitted to enter their division’s building according to the times listed above. Middle and Upper School students may proceed to the Main Building Dining Room beginning at 7:30 a.m. where breakfast will be available.

- Dismissal: All students departing on buses for transportation home will depart from the Front Circle of the Main Building. Faculty members will escort Montessori, Lower School and Middle School students to the Front Circle area.

Students departing for athletic competitions or for the Athletic Complex will receive separate instructions from the Athletic Department as needed.

NOTE: Additional information on school district bus transportation to The Summit is available here and information on Cincinnati Public School Metro Bus transportation is available here.

Car Transportation:

Arrival Procedures

Critical: For ARRIVAL ONLY parents should use the school entrance of the YOUNGEST student at The Summit.

Upper School (grades 9-12): Students with proper permission to drive (consult the Upper School office for permission details) should enter campus via the main drive, turn right at the traffic circle and right again to enter the Breen Street Parking Lot. Parking is in lined spaces only. Lower School students arriving with an Upper School sibling who drives to school must be escorted to their school by the Upper School sibling. Between 7 and 8 a.m. Middle School students transported by an Upper School sibling should proceed to the Main Building Dining areas where there will be supervision.

Middle School (grades 5 – 8): Commuters arriving for Middle School at the Middle School building should enter using Herrick Street from Torrence Parkway. Proceed in either lane as far as possible toward the Middle School drop-off area. A Summit employee will assist vehicles with the necessary merge situations. The doors open at 8 a.m. and students are greeted upon entering. Students arriving before 8 a.m. should go to the Main Building Dining Room where there is supervision and breakfast.

Lower School ( Primary grades 1 – 4): Commuters arriving for Lower School at the Lower School building should enter using Convent Lane on the east side of the campus. During arrival, parents will use the right hand lane for travel to the Tower drop-off for the Lower School children; faculty will assist your child out of the car. A Summit employee will assist in directing merging traffic in front of the Lower School. Signs will mark the drop off area. Teachers will greet commuters beginning at 7:45 a.m. Students arriving with a Lower School sibling and destined for other divisions will be directed by faculty and staff through the Lower School building to their respective divisions.

Montessori School: Please see last section of this document for arrival and dismissal procedures.

Dismissal Procedures

Critical:  For DISMISSAL ONLY parents should use the school entrance of the oldest student at The Summit. Note – this is different from the arrival procedures. Younger students will be assisted by faculty in their travel to the pick up area of their older siblings.

It is expected that all dismissals will be complete by 3:30 p.m. If your student is not picked up by the completion of dismissal, Montessori through grades eight will be directed to the After School Care Facility. The After School Care Facility is located in the east end of the Main Building on the ground floor. The facility is accessible using the wheel chair entrance facing Flannery Gymnasium.

Safety and timeliness are important elements in our arrival and dismissal routines.

Upper School: Enter the Main Drive from Grandin Road. Proceed in the right hand lane to the first stop sign and park. Vehicles should park in a single lane nearest the curb. Upon dismissal, Upper School students may proceed using the western sidewalk to their vehicle. A Summit employee will assist vehicles in their u-turn and exit from the Main Drive to Grandin Road. When all buses have cleared the front circle of the Main Building, vehicles may proceed into the circle for student pick-up.

Middle School: Enter the school property using Herrick Street off of Torrence Parkway. Proceed in either lane as far as possible toward the Middle School pickup area. A Summit employee will assist vehicles with the necessary merge situations.

Lower School: Enter Convent Lane using the right hand (white) lane. Lower School and Montessori students will both be picked up in the Tower entrance area of the Lower School. Faculty will assist in matching students for pick-up. Once your students have been picked up please proceed south to the end of the center island. A Summit employee will assist in your u -turn to exit using Convent Lane.

Montessori School

Arrival Procedures for the Toddler Program 7:45-8:15 a.m.
Upon arrival, use the left lane of Convent Lane and, passing to the left of the first median to the stop sign. Drive past the Lower School main entrance using the left lane (next to the concrete barrier) to the back (South) parking lot. Upon reaching the lot, turn right and pull as far forward as directed. Please place your colored classroom tag in the car window. A teacher will assist your student from your car. Once your student is safely away from your car, continue around the parking lot in a counterclockwise direction and back onto Convent Lane to Grandin Road. This is a one-way parking lot.

Arrival Procedures for the Montessori 7:45 – 8:15 a.m.
All Montessori students arriving by car will enter Convent Lane and, passing left of the first median, proceed to the stop sign. Once it is clear, proceed to the drop-off area just beyond the Lower School’s main entrance where Montessori teachers will be present to greet and assist your child out of the car. No parking is permitted on any part of the drive in front of the Lower School building during morning drop-off. 

All cars will make a U-turn at the end of the median and exit Convent Lane. There will be cars merging during this U-turn. It is important to have the traffic flow easily and quickly as possible in the morning, therefore please do not park your car to assist your child into school.
 
If you should arrive after 8:15 a.m., a teacher will not be present outside to assist you, proceed to the Montessori parking lot and park your car.  Please escort your child to the Montessori office, sign your child in on the arrival log so they are not marked absent, then accompany your child to their class to be sure that the teacher is present.     

Dismissal Procedures for Toddler Half-Day Morning Students 11:05 – 11:15 a.m.
Enter campus via Convent Lane and proceed past the Lower School main entrance you may park in one of the open spaces or begin to form two counter clockwise lanes within the back (South) parking lot making a square around the lot. The first car of each row shall pull forward as far as the yellow poles. (Please do not use the two marked parking spaces for Expecting Mothers and for the family that purchased a space from the Summit Auction). Toddler parents will gather in the Lower School foyer. At 11:00 the doors will be opened and you may walk to your child’s classroom door. Each child will be invited to join their parent at the front classroom door.  Please take your child by the hand and go directly to the car. We ask that you do not stop to play on the playground at dismissal with your child since the children who are in the full-day program will be using the playground equipment. 

Dismissal Procedures for 3-6 Half-Day Morning Students 11:05 – 11:15 a.m.
Enter campus via Convent Lane and proceed past the Lower School main entrance and park in one of the open spaces or begin to form two counter clockwise lanes within the back (South) parking lot making a square around the lot. The first car of each row shall pull forward as far as the yellow poles. (Please do not use the two marked parking spaces for Expecting Mothers and for the family that purchased a space from the Summit Auction). Parents will pick up their child at their classroom patio or outside door. Please take your child by the hand and go directly to the car. We ask that you do not stop to play on the playground at dismissal with your child since the children who are in the full day program will be using the playground equipment. 

Afternoon Arrival Procedures 12:15 – 12:25 p.m.
The following applies to Half-Day Afternoon Students: Enter Convent Lane and proceed past the Lower School main entrance and park in one of the open spaces. Please park your car and walk your child up to their classroom patio door at 12:15 p.m. Respectfully, we ask that you do not arrive before 12:15 p.m. due to the teachers’ lunch.

Dismissal Procedures 3:05 - 3:15 p.m. for Parents Who Have Only Toddler or Montessori 3-6 Children to Pick Up
Enter campus via Convent Lane. Use the left lane of Convent Lane and, passing to the left of the first median to the stop sign. Drive past the Lower School main entrance and park in one of the open spaces or begin to form two lanes counter clockwise within the South Parking Lot making a square around parking lot. The first car of each row shall pull forward to the yellow poles. (Please do not use the two marked parking spaces for Expecting Mothers and for the family that purchased a space from the Summit Auction). Please do not arrive before 2:50 p.m. so that the South Parking Lot is not blocked. (We do have staff that leaves at this time). Once the back lot is full you may park on the right side of the drive closest to the building. Do NOT park on the left side of the drive. We ask that you please do not cross over the double yellow line at any time or park your car in the carline. The back lot is a One-Way Lot which flows counter clockwise. Please follow the posted signage. 

Montessori/Lower School Regular Dismissal 3:15 – 3:30 p.m.
If picking up both a Montessori and Lower School student at the regular 3:15 p.m. dismissal, please do not park in the back parking lot to wait for your Lower School student. This lot is intended for parents with only Montessori children who dismiss at 3:05 p.m. Please enter campus via Convent Lane and proceed to the entrance door of the Lower School. Once the spaces are filled adjacent to the building, using both lanes please form two lines beginning at the entrance to the parking garage. As children are placed in cars and space is available next to the building, the cars may advance, alternating left and right sides of the line. Please do not park your car in carline.  In order to keep everyone safe, for the safety of all, please do not cross over the double line when you are in carline. 

Middle School Car Line 3:15 – 3:30 p.m.
If the oldest child is in the Middle or Upper School and has a younger sibling in the Montessori and/or Lower School, your child will be dismissed from the Middle School pick-up line. The Montessori children will gather at the Holmes Gym for your convenience.

Bus Dismissal Procedure
Montessori teachers will walk the children to the front of the Upper School and put them on the bus. It is important that you call the Montessori office before 2:15 p.m. if there will be a change in your child’s transportation.

Dismissal Time Will End at Approximately 3:30 p.m.
Montessori dismissal will end at approximately 3:30 p.m. Please keep in mind that teachers will need to attend meetings after school and prepare their classrooms for the next day; your promptness would be greatly appreciated. If you are going to be late picking up your child, please call Kim Bush at the Montessori office at 871-4700 Ext. 234. After school care will begin at 3:30 p.m. and will be available until 6:00 pm.

Tips for Efficient Arrival and Dismissal:

Arrive early for a few days until everyone settles in to the revised routines  

•    Cincinnati Police will be directing traffic at each entrance to the Summit  
•    Contact your Division Director with questions  
•    Be especially vigilant when you are approaching crosswalk areas  
•    Obey speed signs: 5 mph on the campus  
•    Pull your vehicle all the way to the curb to pick up and discharge passengers whenever possible  
•    Discharge passengers only from the right side of vehicle  
•    Respect and obey all Traffic Personnel: Both Summit and Cincinnati Police

Thank you in advance for your cooperation in these matters. We will remain watchful for areas that require adjustment to achieve the expected level of efficiency for all concerned.