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Closed Campus Policy

Montague Charter Academy for the Arts and Sciences

Closed-Campus Policies and Procedures

The following document has been developed to ensure a safe and secure campus for Montague students and staff. Non-Montague students and staff visiting campus are required to follow the safety procedures detailed throughout this document.

 

Montague’s Main Office

 

Montague’s Main Office will open at 7:30am and close at 4:00pm.

 

Any students entering campus after 8:15am will enter the school campus through the Main Office. These students will be marked tardy.

 

Visitors to Campus

 

Visitors requesting access to Montague’s campus before 7:30am must have scheduled an appointment or scheduled their visit through the Main Office at least 24 hrs. in advance. The Montague employee(s) meeting with this individual must confirm this appointment with the Main Office and must escort this individual at all times while on campus.

 

All teachers scheduling parent meetings before school begins should plan to end their meetings by 8:05am to prepare for the first bell and student pick up at 8:10am.

 

Any non-Montague employee requesting access to the campus after 7:30am must have scheduled an appointment through the Main Office at least 24 hrs. in advance. The Montague employee meeting this individual must confirm this appointment with the Main Office. A Montague employee must always escort visitors on campus.

 

Teachers are asked to not schedule parent meetings between 8:15am – 2:40pm however, if teachers plan to have non-Montague employees (ie. parents) volunteering in their classroom they must schedule and confirm these volunteers with the Main Office at least 24 hrs. in advance.

 

All visitors to campus must sign-in with the Main Office and must wear a “visitor” badge at all times.

 

School Volunteers

 

Please see Montague’s Volunteer Policy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Classroom Observations

 

When scheduling a classroom observation, visitors are asked to determine the classroom activity there are observing in collaboration with the classroom teacher and school administration and to keep the classroom observation time and frequency reasonable.

 

Visitors are asked to…

  • Enter and leave the classroom as quietly as possible
  • Not interrupt classroom proceedings
  • Not converse with students, the teacher, and/or instructional aides during the visitation
  • Not interfere with any school activities while on campus

 

For more information on Montague Charter Academy’s Visitor Policy, see Appendix-Attachment A of the Parent-Student Handbook

 

Kindergarten Morning Arrival Procedures

 

Kindergarten students will enter campus through the auditorium. The auditorium door will open at 7:45am. Students will have the option of getting breakfast at Café MCA or waiting in the auditorium for the morning assembly. Parents will not accompany the students into the auditorium, unless they have received a visitors pass from the main office and have scheduled an appointment with the classroom teacher.

 

If it is inclement weather, parents will accompany the kindergarten students to the classroom and wait for the teacher to open the classroom door. If the parents are not available, kindergarten students will stay in the auditorium with supervision staff until they are escorted to class.

 

Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten Dismissal

 

Transitional Kindergarten (2:35pm)

 

Room 1: The teacher opens the front door of Room 1 and dismisses students one by one as parents arrive.

 

Kindergarten (2:35pm)

 

After school, kindergarten students will be dismissed from the auditorium. The auditorium door will open at 2:35pm. Parents will enter the auditorium, pick up students from their teacher, and exit through the side door of the auditorium onto Montague Street.

 

1st – 5th Grade Morning Arrival Procedures

 

1st – 5th grade students may enter campus through two separate gates.

 

Montague Gate #2

 

Montague Gate #2 will open each morning at 7:15am. Students who enter through this gate are expected to either walk to the Yard or walk to the Cafeteria for breakfast. Supervision staff and a member of Leadership will monitor this Gate and the Cafeteria during Breakfast.

 

All 1st – 5th grade students arriving after 8:15am will enter campus through the main office. These students will be marked tardy.

 

 

Breakfast in the Cafeteria

 

Breakfast will begin at 7:15am and end at 8:05am. Students arriving after 8:05am will be handed a prepackaged breakfast and are expected to walk to the Yard to line up with their class.

 

Supervision during breakfast will consist of no less than 1 supervisor including no less than one credentialed Montague employee.

 

Amboy Gate #3

 

Amboy Gate #3 will open each morning at 7:15am and will close at 8:15am. All students entering through this Gate will be expected to stay on the Yard. No less than 2 Supervision staff members and at least one member of Leadership will be available on the yard to accept and monitor these students.

 

Students will be on the yard from 7:15am – 8:15am. Students may play on the Yard until 8:10am. Students will be directed to line-up in their designated locations to prepare for their teachers arrival at 8:10am.

 

Teachers pick up students at 8:10am. The instructional day begins at 8:15am.

 

1st – 5th Grade Afternoon Dismissal Procedures

 

1st – 5th grade students will use two gates during dismissal.

 

Montague Gate #1

 

4th and 5th grade students will be escorted to Montague Gate #1.

 

No less than 1 member of supervision and no less than 1 member of Leadership will monitor this gate during dismissal.

 

Amboy Gate #3

 

1st - 3rd grade students will be escorted to Amboy Gate #3 where they will meet their parent/legal guardian or authorized caregiver in the “Parent Waiting Area” located between classrooms 50 and 51 and the Head Start playground.

 

No less than 1 member of supervision and no less than 1 member of Leadership will monitor the Parent Waiting Area.

 

Carpool Lane:  A designated carpool lane will be set up for parents that have filled out the application for a carpool placard. Students will wait in the carpool pick-up area with a leadership member until their ride arrives.

 

 

Other Arrival and Dismissal Considerations

 

Students with Siblings in other Classrooms

 

Elder students with siblings will be expected to meet their younger sibling at Amboy Gate #3. Both siblings will be dismissed together from Amboy Gate #3.

 

Carpool Lane: Arrival

 

Two carpool lanes, designated by cones, will be prepared for morning arrival and afternoon dismissal.

 

  • Lane #1 - Montague St. directly in front of Montague’s Main Office
  • Lane #2 - Amboy Ave. between Mineola St. leading to Montague Gate #3.

 

Parents are asked to use these carpool lanes whenever possible to drop-off and pick-up their student(s).

 

A member of Montague’s Supervision staff and/or Leadership will monitor these carpool lanes during morning arrival and dismissal.

 

After-School Programs

 

All after-school programs operating on Montague Charter Academy’s campus both during the week and on weekends are asked to set a plan for the safe and secure ingress and egress of students and are asked to follow Montague’s Closed Campus policies and procedures at all times.

 

Points of Ingress and Egress: Schedules, Locations, Descriptions, and Usage

 

Auditorium

Daily Schedule

Location

Description

Use

 

 

7:45am – 8:15am

 

2:35pm – 2:50pm

 

Montague St. between Laurel Canyon Blvd. and Amboy Ave. between the Montague Parking Lot and the Main Office

 

Side Auditorium door with immediate access to Montague St.

 

Main auditorium door with direct access to Montague’s front lawn

 

Kindergarten arrival and dismissal

 

Side auditorium door may be used for the dismissal of students from after-school programs.

 

Main auditorium door used for the arrival of parents to school assemblies and transport of students during inclement weather days

 

Main Office

Daily Schedule

Location

Use

 

 

Main Office Opens

 

7:30am

 

Main Office Closes

 

4:00pm

 

 

Montague St. between Laurel Canyon Blvd. and Amboy Ave. between Montague Gate #1 and #2

 

Visitors who have made appointments 24hrs. in advance must sign-in to the Main Office, be given a “Visitor” badge, and escorted while on campus

 

Visitors are not allowed on campus without signing-in, receiving a “Visitor“ badge, and without an escort

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Montague Gate #1

Daily Schedule

Location

Description

Use

 

 

 

2:40pm -3:00pm

 

 

Montague St. between Laurel Canyon Blvd. and Amboy Ave.

 

 

Large revolving blue gate located between Montague’s Main Office and the Cafeteria.

Dismissal of

4th - 5th grade students

May be used during the day for various operational purposes.  

 

After-school programs such as LA’s Best may also use this gate for student dismissal.

 

 

Montague Gate #2

Daily Schedule

Location

Description

Use

 

 

 

 

Student Arrival

 

7:15-8:15am

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Montague St. between Laurel Canyon Blvd. and Amboy Ave.

 

 

Double blue gate located between Montague’s Main Office and Kindergarten Rooms 1 and 2. Directly adjacent to Rooms 1 and 2.

 

The parent information booth is also located at this gate.

 

Daily arrival of 1st -5th grade students

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amboy Gate #1

Daily Schedule

Location

Description

Use

 

 

Not used during regular student arrival and dismissal procedures

 

1st Gate on Amboy Ave. located closest to Montague St. between Montague St. and Mineola St.

 

Double gate located directly adjacent to the Kindergarten playground.

 

Between the Kindergarten Playground and Kindergarten Room 3.

 

This gate may be used on Field Trip days when students are boarding buses parked on Amboy Ave.

 

Amboy Gate #2

Daily Schedule

Location

Description

Use

 

Not used during regular student arrival and dismissal procedures

 

2nd Gate on Amboy Ave. in relation to Montague St. between Montague St. and Mineola St.

 

 

Single Gate located directly behind Kindergarten Room 7.

 

May be used during the day for various operational purposes.  

 

 

Amboy Gate #3

Daily Schedule

Location

Description

Use

 

 

“Reunion Gate”

 

7:15-8:15am

 

2:40-3:00pm

 

 

3rd Gate on Amboy Ave. in relation to Montague St. located between Mineola St. and Bracken St.

 

Large Double Gate on Amboy Ave. providing entry to Montague Charter’s yard.

 

Morning arrival of all students

 

Afternoon dismissal of 1st-3rd grade students

 

After School Carpool Lane