Car Loop Procedures - NEW for Fall 2022


We are so excited to welcome you and your child or children to SJLES this fall! As we make our preparations for an amazing kickoff to the 2022-2023 school year, we want to share the car loop procedures for new families and as a reminder for returning families. 

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. 

Important Safety Reminders:

  • Please pull forward until you arrive at the drop-off/pick-up zone. Keep pulling forward! Staff will wave you forward until you reach the drop-off/pick-up zone.

  • Please stay in your car at all times. Staff will assist your child only if needed as they exit or enter the car. Parents exiting the car can create unsafe conditions for everyone. You can support this by helping your child to practice getting in and out of the car independently. This is probably something they already do at home and in the community.

    • Note: We understand that some children may still use a 5-point harness car or booster seat and may need help buckling/unbuckling. In these cases, parents should get out to help their child. 

  • Please have your child exit and enter your car from the passenger side of the car and never cross between cars. This is the safest way for your child to be dropped off!

  • Staff will briefly pause the cars exiting the lot when busses are ready to leave. Please look for their cues and directions.

  • Parents should never park in the parking lot or car loop line or walk their child through moving traffic. 

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. DO NOT PARK in the car loop or the parking lot for car loop pick-up.

  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. Please stay in the car loop. The parking lot is not designated for car rider parking during arrival or dismissal. Parking your car and having your child walk through the car loop increases safey risks for all.

  2. Wait until you are in the pick up zone to pick up students. Do not try to pick up students in the double line or before the zone.

  3. Drivers in the first line should stay to the right to allow space for the second line.

  4. 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.

  5. Please DO NOT park on the grass.

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

Tip: please keep a small, portable umbrella in your child’s backpack if they are a car rider. This will come in handy on days when unexpected rain arrives at dismissal!


Thank you for your cooperation and partnership in keeping all students, staff, and drivers safe!