Car Loop Information & Directions


Several years ago, SJLES parents and staff worked collaboratively with the HCPSS and Howard County Transportation Offices to create the safest possible car loop procedures for students, parents, staff and the cars on St. John’s Lane. This resulted in the following pattern for traffic which has shown to reduce and sometimes eliminate the gridlock on St. John’s Lane, creating a safer environment for all. Due to some recent actions seen in the car loop, it is time for a reminder about the SJLES car loop expectations.

All cars entering our car loop lane are expected to follow the procedures outlined below. Additionally, parents should never park in the car loop line or walk their child through moving traffic. Please insist that your child exit and enter your car on the passenger side only so that he/she never crosses between cars. If you have ever used our car loop, you know everyone must act with care and patience. Please follow the directions of the staff and kindly abide by our safety practices for everyone’s sake. Thank you for your support!

Afternoon Parent Pick-up Traffic Pattern

  1. Early parents will continue to form the line around the parent pick-up loop and along the parking lot lane closest to the school building as before. 
  2. At the point when the line reaches the last parking spot on the right before the entrance, a traffic cone will be placed in the line and parents will be directed to form a second line to the left of the first line.
  3. When school is dismissed the first line will proceed to the pick-up area as before. 
  4. When the last car in the first line reaches the loop, the first car in the second line proceeds into the loop.

Pick-up Rules and Courtesies

It is crucial that parents picking up students adhere to the following rules in order to maintain the highest level of safety for the students and courtesy to those behind you:

  1. If you intend to get out of your car, use a parking space and stay out of the pick-up line. If you are in the line, stay in your car.
  2. Wait until you are in the loop to pick up students. Do not try to pick up students in the double line.
  3. Mind the gaps. Pull all of the way to the end of the loop before loading out of courtesy to those behind you.
  4. Drivers in the first line should stay to the right to allow space for the second line.
  5. The second line should be mindful to leave space to your left at the entrance of the lot for traffic to exit the parking lot.

Safety and courtesy will be maximized if all drivers follow these rules.

Figure: SJLES carloop directions

SJLES carloop directions

  1. Form first line. 
  2. When first line reaches the last parking spot on the right, form second line parallel to the first line. 
  3. First line proceeds through pick up loop. 
  4. When the last car in the first line enters the pick up loop, the first car in line two follows.