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Keeping Safe During Drop Off and Pick Up
Dear MHS Families,
Here are safety reminders for drop-off and pick-up.  We have rules on the street as well as rules for the drive-through.  

Let's begin with the street:

Never make a U-turn where a “No U-turn” sign is posted. These are currently posted on the portion of Via Del Rey in front of the school.
You may make a legal U-turn, in a residential district but only if there are no vehicles approaching you within 200 feet.  Making a 3-point turn into someone's driveway requires that you stop upon entrance and only back up if there are no cars approaching you within 200 feet.
Please provide an example to your child(ren) and use the crosswalk, either up near Camino Cerrado or down the block in Indiana.  I realize that you might choose to safely cross the street elsewhere, but with the amount of traffic that exists during drop-off, it is very hard to find a safe time to cross in the middle of the street.
Please adhere to stop signs and the speed limit.  Always remember to curb your wheels when you park.

Now some reminders about the drop-off in the drive-thru:

Both lanes can be used for drop-off.  If you are in the lane further away from the gate, please make sure that you have your child exit and use the striped yellow crosswalk between the two lanes to walk toward the crossing guard. The child should then wait until the crossing guard has stopped traffic in the other lane before the child proceeds.

Please do not walk your child to the gate.  Leaving your car to do so, holds traffic up for everyone.

Please make sure you are courteous if one of the crossing guards makes a request for you to pull forward.  Their job is to ensure safety for all.  If you have a question or concern about the guidance you are receiving, please send me a note at  [email protected]

Thank you in advance for following these rules as we have them in place to ensure everyone's safety,

Jessica Zavala
All of the schools in California are required to design and update a safety plan.  This plan describes our preparation, practice drills and roles and responsibilities of all staff members in the event of an emergency.  The plan is reviewed annually with the teachers, our School Site Council and at a PTA meeting.  Besides these preparations, on a daily basis, our school adheres to three rules, one of which is to:  Be Safe.  To learn more about this plan, please click the following link:
School Safety
Our teachers and students must be prepared in the event that there is an unwanted intruder on our campus and the school must go into a lock-down.  Our students practice a lock-down drill twice during the school year.  Additionally, teachers throughout the school district, share the same presentation to our students at the beginning of each school year.  See below, to learn more.
Safety Drills
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Drills and and safety plans help in our preparation of our students for unforeseen emergencies.  In addition, MHS follows protocols set by SPUSD School Board Policy around a variety of student health and well-being issues.  For more information, please click the following link:
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If you use the drive-up lanes, please remain in your car at all times.  Or you can park on the street and walk up to the school and wait for or drop off your child.