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Arrival/Dismissal

Walden’s policies and procedures are designed to ensure the safety of our students and to conform to the requirements of the City of Pasadena. We must assure the least disruption to the school’s neighbors in order for us to maintain our conditional use permit. We ask you and your child’s designated drivers to follow these policies and procedures when picking up or dropping off your children at Walden School.

Arrival

Your child may arrive between 8:00 - 8:25 a.m. K-6 students line up by class in either the North or South Yard at 8:25 a.m. to enter the classroom together. Classes begin at 8:30 a.m. in the classroom.

Parents of Pre-K students must accompany their child on campus to sign in on the Pre-K Yard.

BASIC DRIVING INSTRUCTIONS

The Walden driving pattern has cars arriving to the back (east) of the School. Cars travel on Colorado Boulevard, and then:

  • Turn south onto Daisy Avenue. (Daisy is the first street east of San Gabriel Boulevard.)
  • Make an immediate right (west) into Thompson Alley behind the tire business. Stay to your far right, as the alleys are two-way traffic for the local residents and other businesses.
  • Turn left (south) into Sewell Alley. Again, hug the right side of the alley.
  • Do not block business driveways, if waiting in carline to drop off or pick up your child.
  • The carline continues south on Sewell Alley to the East Gate (morning drop-off) and west on Rose Alley past the South Gate. (Left turns onto Rose Alley are prohibited.)
  • From Rose Alley, turn right only on San Gabriel Boulevard.
  • There is no parking or stopping in the alleyway during arrival and dismissal.
  • Follow all Walden staff instructions.

PARKING

If you decide to park your car and walk your child into school, please enter the school at the South Gate on Rose Alley.

RAINY DAY ARRIVAL

Children will be dropped off at the East Gate near the Community Room. The drop-off traffic line will be slower than usual; plan to arrive at school earlier.

EARLY MORNING CHILDCARE (optional; fee-based)

This fee-based childcare option is available from 7:00 – 8:00 a.m. Please follow the basic driving instructions as stated above and park your car in the alley in marked stalls only. Do not block our neighbors’ access to their driveways or garages. Walk your child into the Toby Hayward Community Room through the East Gate and sign-in.

Dismissal

All dismissal will occur from the North Yard. All children will be dismissed at 3:00 p.m., but you may arrive to pick your child up between 3:00 – 3:30 p.m.

BASIC DRIVING INSTRUCTIONS

The Walden driving pattern has cars arriving to the back (east) of the School. Cars travel on Colorado Boulevard, and then:

  • Turn south onto Daisy Avenue. (Daisy is the first street east of San Gabriel Boulevard.)
  • Make an immediate right (west) into Thompson Alley behind the tire business. Stay to your far right, as the alleys are two-way traffic for the local residents and other businesses.
  • Turn left (south) into Sewell Alley. Again, hug the right side of the alley.
  • Do not block business driveways, if waiting in carline to pick up your child.
  • The carline continues south on Sewell Alley to the East Gate (morning drop-off) and west on Rose Alley past the South Gate. (Left turns onto Rose Alley are prohibited.)
  • From Rose Alley, turn right only on San Gabriel Boulevard.
  • There is no parking or stopping in the alleyway during arrival and dismissal.
  • Follow all Walden staff instructions.

PARKING

If you decide to park your car and walk into school to pick up your child, please enter the school at the North Yard Gate on Sewell Alley, after 3:00 p.m.

If arriving before 3:00 p.m., please enter the school through the Front Office. The North Yard Gate will remain locked until teachers begin dismissal.

RAINY DAY DISMISSAL

Children will be dismissed from the East Gate near the Community Room. The pick-up traffic line will be slower than usual. Plan to be patient.

LATE PARENT (after 3:30 p.m.)

If you arrive late to pick up your child, your child will be checked into The Village at 3:30 p.m. and billed as “occasional use,” if no billing plan is pre-selected.

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