Safety Drop Off and Pick Up Policy

Malden Public Schools takes great pride in maintaining the safety of all students while at school.  The ELC is a unique school that, because of the age group and population we serve, must continually monitor our safety policy.  This year we are asking you to work with us to ensure that our school is a safe and happy community.  To that end, the following changes to drop off and pick up will begin.

We have several different start and end times to our full day and half day programs which makes it impossible to create one policy for all families.  Please refer to the following chart in order to understand the drop off and pick up times for your child’s school day.

 Drop off Times 

Program start time Time of Parent/caretaker entrance Time of parent/caretaker exit
8:00am 7:55am 8:10am
8:30am 8:25am 8:40am
11:30am 11:25am 11:40am

Pick Up Times

Program end time Time of Parent/caretaker entrance Time of parent/caretaker exit
11:00am 10:55am 11:10am
2:00pm 1:55pm 2:10pm
2:30pm 2:25pm 2:40pm
  • All visitors, including parents, who come to the ELC are expected to use Mountain Ave unless it is during the drop off and pick up times listed.  All visitors, including parents, will be directed to go to the Mountain Ave door to enter the building. 
  • All visitors will check into the office before reporting anywhere else in the building.

Frequently Asked Questions

What if my child goes to before school?

It is best if parents enter from Mountain Ave since it is closest to the before school program, but we understand that you may have to park in the back.  When you ring the bell, an ELC staff member will use the intercom to ask, “How can I help you?”  Please respond by saying that you are going to the before school program and you will be buzzed in. 

What if my child goes to after school?

The pick up procedures will not be changing.  You will pick your child up from the classroom next to the playground.  The doors are labeled.

Where do we wait for the school day to begin?

Parents or caretakers who arrive before entrance into the building is allowed will wait in the main lobby on Mountain Ave or in the elevator corridors.  If your child is in a classroom on the second floor, you can take the elevator up to the second floor and wait there.  If possible, it is suggested that you wait with your child in the car in order to be most comfortable until the school day begins.

Can we play on the play ground?

Your child can play on the small structure in the morning while waiting for their school day to begin.  For safety purposes, children cannot play on the playground before or after half day sessions or at the end of the day.  The playground is intended for full day classes that are still in session at that time or the after school program.

What do I do if I’m late to school?

If you are late, you will bring your child to the office.  You will sign your child in and an ELC staff member will escort your child to his or her classroom.  If you report directly to the classroom, the teacher will ask that you bring your child to the office in order to follow the safety protocol.

What do I do if I’m picking up early?

Please come to the Mountain Ave entrance if you are picking your child up early.  After being buzzed in, you will report to the office to sign your child out.  You will wait in the office and an ELC staff member will bring your child to you.

What will happen when I ring the doorbell?

When you ring the bell, a staff member will use the intercom to ask, “How can I help you?”  Please answer by telling the staff member that you are bringing a child to school, picking a child up, have arrived for a meeting, etc.  If you are arriving during the drop off and pick up times listed, the staff member will buzz you in.  If you are not arriving during the drop off and pick up times listed, the staff member will ask you to go to the Mountain Ave entrance and then sign in at the office. 

And remember, do not block any driveways when parking on Mountain Ave!

Thank you for working with us to ensure that the ELC’s drop off and pick up times are safe and happy – we couldn’t do this without your support.