As part of our security system, all students must enter the school through the Glass Foyer. Our front door and all other doors are locked. Drivers may stop in front of the Atwood Foyer or anywhere in the left lane adjacent to the brick walkway. Once they have dropped off their passengers, drivers may carefully move into the field side right lane and proceed out the gate for the required right turn onto Seminary Place. The red brick walkway allows us to have more than two cars safely unload their student passengers at one time. We ask that students use the front entrance only when arriving at school after 8:20 a.m.
Students in Pre-K through grade 4 will exit the building at 3:05 p.m. Teachers will escort their students through the middle of the double line of parked cars. When all grades have passed through the car lines, the right lane (reserved for drivers with only primary students) will proceed to exit onto Seminary Place. Drivers in the building side left lane will be waiting for middle school students, who will exit the Atwood Foyer after 3:15 p.m. These students will proceed along the brick walkway and enter their vehicles from the driver’s side. When drivers have picked up all their passengers, they may move carefully into the open right lane and exit the campus onto Seminary Place. Our front parking lot is open only to our school buses between the times of 2:30 p.m. (when our buses begin arriving) and 3:25 p.m. (when all buses have pulled out of the lot). All other vehicles are not allowed to use this lot during this time. Alternately, you can use our carline. If you still feel it is necessary to walk in to pick up your child, you must park on Arlington Road and come to the front door.
Please avoid Seminary Place in the morning and the afternoon. We have promised our neighbors that we would do everything in our power to limit parking and traffic along their narrow street. In any case, we do not allow parents to bring their children onto our campus through the gates on Seminary Place. It is far too dangerous to have pedestrians entering the campus at a oneway vehicular exit. The safety of our students is our foremost priority. We ask for parents’ caution and cooperation.
AFTER-SCHOOL ACTIVITIES & EVENTS
We want students to be in a safe, supervised environment at all times while on campus. Students who participate in after-school activities are to stay with the teacher until they are picked up. Any student who attends an athletic event as a spectator will need a note from a parent indicating that he or she is to be there. Under no circumstances are students allowed to leave the campus without adult supervision or a note from the parents granting permission to go off campus for that particular day. Parents must know that students who are not participating in an after-school activity cannot be supervised by coaches or other school personnel. Parents should not allow their children to remain at school in this manner.
Faculty parking is assigned to the Wyoming Avenue (entrance)/Arlington Road (exit) lot. No parent or driver should pick up children in this area. Buses use this lot to enter our property. Due to safety considerations, students will not be released into this section. Faculty parking is also assigned along the field. If parents need to enter the school with their child, they should park in an empty space in the back. Please be advised that you always have the option of parking legally on a side street; however, we request that you avoid Seminary Place in consideration of our neighbors on that narrow street. Thank you for your cooperation.
Transportation is available on public school buses for students beginning in kindergarten. (Toddler, preschool, and pre-kindergarten students of any age may not ride public school buses.) Children who wish to ride the bus must be five years old or must turn five during the school year. Four-year-old pre-kindergarten students may, however, ride the Berwick/Bloomsburg, Hazleton/Drums, Lackawanna County: Scranton/Clarks Summit or Stroudsburg buses that Wyoming Seminary contracts.
Berwick/Bloomsburg Area: (570) 718-6600
Crestwood Area: (570) 474-6782, ext. 340 or 342
Dallas Area: (570) 675-5201 or (570) 674-7229
Greater Nanticoke Area: (570) 735-5066
Hanover Area: (570) 822-5102, ext. 401
Hazleton/Drums: (570) 718-6600
Lake Lehman Area: (570) 675-2165, then press 7
Northwest Area: (570) 542-4126, ext. 5006
Old Forge: (570) 457-6721, ext. 148
Pittston Area: (570) 655-4105 or (570) 654-2415, ext. 2205
Riverside: (570) 562-2121, ext. 1118
Lackawanna County Bus: Scranton/Clarks Summit: (570) 718-6600
Stroudsburg: (570) 718-6600
Wilkes-Barre: (570) 826-7116 or (570) 826-7188
Wyoming Area: (570) 655-2836, ext. 2346
Wyoming Valley West: (570) 288-6551, ext. 5 or ext. 10801
Transportation for all new students (except those in the Berwick/Bloomsburg, Hazleton/Drums, Lackawanna County: Scranton/ Clarks Summit or Stroudsburg areas) should be arranged through your local school district office. Transportation for returning students will be arranged automatically by the school.
If your child rides a school bus to Wyoming Seminary, it is important for you to know that the buses are under the jurisdiction of the local school districts that have contracted with private bus companies. If you should have any problems with the bus schedule or driver, you should contact the individual bus company or your local school district transportation office. Please keep Wyoming Seminary informed of any contacts you may have with these offices.
Bus transportation is a privilege, not a right. All students are required to observe the following rules of conduct while riding the buses. Please keep in mind that each school district and/or bus company may also have its own set of bus conduct rules to be followed.
1. At dismissal children will board the buses as soon as they leave their homeroom or last period class.
2. At pick-up times, they will board the bus immediately after it comes to a complete stop.
3. As soon as children board the bus, they are to go to their seats and remain there until the driver gives them permission to move.
4. Students must remain seated with their feet and belongings out of the aisle, and they may not leave their seats once the bus leaves the school property.
5. Students may not leave their seats while the bus is in motion.
6. The instructions of the driver will be followed should he/she give special directions for the children when they leave the bus.
7. If specific seats have been assigned, children shall not sit in any other than their assigned seats without the permission of the driver.
8. Students who do not exhibit appropriate bus behavior may be denied bus-riding privileges. If this occurs, parents will be notified by one of the deans.
It is helpful for the school and for the bus driver to know when a child is not riding the bus home. Notes to that effect should be sent to the office in the morning by the student or, in the case of younger children, given to their homeroom teachers. If transportation changes must be made later in the day, parents should telephone the school office. Because insurance does not cover students from other school districts, students may not ride on any buses except those from the school district in which they live.
Visitors are always welcome at the Lower School and should sign in at the office. Primary parents should check with their child’s teacher so she will expect you; middle school parents should make arrangements with Mr. Will Davis.