Arrival, Dismissal, and Inclement Weather
  • Students are expected to arrive at school on time. Students can enter the building at 7:45am, and classes begin at 8:00am.

Security Procedures

    • Students will only be dismissed to a parent or legal guardian, or to emergency contacts designed in Family Access.

      All of the exterior school doors are locked at all times during the school day, and all visitors are required to enter through the front office, sign in, and present their photo ID.  Students arriving late must go directly to the office with a parent/guardian and sign in.  All students leaving early must be signed out by a parent/guardian.

Rules of the Road

  • What are the drop off/pick up procedures at Shepard?
    Please do your part to ensure a smooth drop off and pick up pattern at Shepard! Please click to view this aerial map for a visual of drop-off procedures. Remember that traffic in and out of Shepard moves one direction. You will approach Shepard moving south in a single file line on Grove Avenue and exit to the east on Poplar Lane. Do not park and exit your car while on Grove, in front of the school, or on Poplar. If you must exit your vehicle, you need to park in the main lot–the Buildings & Grounds lot is not open to parents.

    During pick up, please be kind to our neighbors. Do not park in front of driveways and refrain from making 3-point turns in the street or in our neighbors driveways to head north on Grove. Not only do our neighbors frequently complain about their driveways being used for this purpose, this presents a safety risk to our students.

    Please respect all traffic signs and stay off your cell phone. You will see your three building administrators out and about in yellow vests welcoming students and directing traffic. If you have questions, do not hesitate to ask. Bottom line – obey the rules, be patient, and keep moving!


    Can my child ride a friend’s bus home from school? 
    Yes, but only if your child is normally a rider.  If you want your child to take a different bus home, please send them with a note to the office indicating their normal bus route and the route they would like to ride home for the day. You may also email your note to Sybil Moy.

Inclement Weather
  • DPS 109 Bad Weather Policy Click to read about school closures, delayed starts, and more.