• Uplift Gradus Car Line

    The Uplift Gradus Car Line was created under the guidance of Uplift Education, the City of DeSoto, and our campus safety officers. Everyone is required to use the car line route for dropping off and picking up scholars. To keep car line safe for all scholars and parents, we do not allow parents to walk their scholars across the parking lot or street.

    We also encourage you to review our new car line video with your scholar(s) for tips and tricks on how to make carline a breeze.

    Morning Car Line Procedures

    All vehicles will enter campus by traveling west on Seahawk Drive.

    Gates open for families to begin lining up at 6:30 a.m.

    Morning Car Line will begin at 7:30 a.m. Scholars may not be dismissed from their vehicle before this time.

     

    Street Arrival Map

     

    Street Arrival Map

    Morning Car Line Campus Route

    Morning Car Line Route

    Afternoon Car Line Route

    Afternoon Car Line Route

    Afternoon Car Line Procedures

    All cars will enter through the Entry Gate off Seahawk Dr and proceed into the parking lot beginning at 3pm. Cars will take an immediate right turn and split into their assigned lines, based on grade level, and follow the perimeter of the parking lot. We will allow the line to split sooner (outside of the gate) when families become acquainted with the carline and follow traffic rules.

    (BLUE LINE) Pre K, Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade scholars, plus Families with Siblings that are all 2nd grade or younger.

    1. Have your car line hangtag displayed clearly, hanging on your rearview mirror. 
    2. Proceed along the left lane (Blue Line) until you are forced to turn left into the staff parking lot. 
    3. Follow through the staff parking lot and stop at the traffic intersection facing the school. 
    4. Wait at the stop until the traffic officer directs you to pull forward.
    5. Park along the curb closest to the front side of the building and wait for a staff member to bring your scholar. You may be asked for your scholar's name, if your scholar is not familiar with their own name or your vehicle.
    6. Exit turning left out of the parking lot. Turning right toward Hampton Road is not permitted. Traffic on Hampton is too busy at this time, and this maneuver often endangers our scholars and families. 

    (RED LINE) 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade scholars, plus all Families with Siblings in varying age groups (a mix of PreK-2nd and 3rd-5th)

    1. Have your car line hangtag displayed clearly, hanging on your rearview mirror. 
    2. Proceed along the right lane (Red Line) until cones separate the lanes. Stay right of the cones.
    3. Pull forward to the next available cone in front of the cafeteria. Wait for a staff member to bring your scholar. You may be asked for your scholar's name, if your scholar is not familiar with their own name or your vehicle. 
    4. Wait at the stop until the traffic officer directs you to pull forward. Then proceed straight ahead to the exit gate.
    5. Exit turning left out of the parking lot. Turning right toward Hampton Road is not permitted. Traffic on Hampton is too busy at this time, and this maneuver often endangers our scholars and families. 

     Important Reminders

    • Scholars are not allowed to be escorted into the building by family members. This creates too much hallway and carline back up, and can be dangerous for other staff and scholars.
    • The front office is closed during morning car line and 30 minutes prior to afternoon car line. Staff will not be available to assist visitors or parents at these times.
    • Proceed with caution at a low speed through the gate and into your carline. Dispatchers will not be able to enter your carline number if you are speeding.
    • Wait until the cars in front of you proceeds before moving forward.
    • If the car line extends beyond our cones outside of the gate, please form a single file line close to the curb along Seahawk Drive, toward Kestrel Ave. You will be allowed to split lines after you have passed the Dispatcher.
    • Scholars may not be dropped off prior to 7:30am unless they are enrolled in Zero Hour before-school care with Champions.
    • Scholars not picked up by 4:15pm (or 2:45pm on Wednesdays) will be charged a Late Scholar Pick Up Fee (see below).

     

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What time can I drop off my Scholar?

    • Gates will open beginning at 6:30am. Scholars may not be released from vehicles before 7:30am.
    • Scholars are expected in their classroom before 8:00am when instruction begins.
    • Parents must sign their scholars in to the front office after 8:10am. 
    • Scholars will be counted tardy if they are not in class by 8:15am. 

    What is an acceptable time I can pick up my scholar "early" during school?

    • You are free to pick up your scholar at any time, but they will be counted absent for the classes they miss (or partially miss) if you do not provide a note or doctor's excuse.
    • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday: 8am-3pm at the front desk with ID.
    • Wednesday: 8am-2pm at the front desk with ID.  
    • Half-day Dismissal: 8am-11:30am at the front desk with ID.  

    What do I need to pick up my scholar from school?

    • A carline number hangtag is required for picking up scholars in a vehicle.
    • Your car line number must be posted clearly in view of our Dispatchers that are inputting the number. It must remain there until exiting the parking lot.
    • Families will receive two carline number hangtags at the beginning of the school year. Any guardian wishing to have someone else pick up their scholar from school will need to provide them a copy of the carline number card. Hand-written numbers, images of numbers, and a verbal call out from the driver will not be accepted beginning on Monday August 21st.
    • Additional hangtags will be available for purchase for $2 each beginning on Monday August 21st.

    What if I forget my carline number hangtag when I go to pickup my scholar?

    • Anyone without a carline number hangtag will be asked to park and wait in their vehicle until the carline is complete. At that time, you can enter the lobby and visit the front desk with your ID, and we will release the scholar.

    Can someone aside from me pick up my scholar from school?

    • Early dismissal from school is not allowed for anyone not listed on file for the scholar’s emergency contact/"pick up" list.
    • A state-issued ID is required for any early dismissal, even if you have been to our campus before, if we have seen you before, and if you have volunteered on campus before. We will always check ID.
    • Families will receive two carline number hangtags at the beginning of the school year. Any guardian wishing to have someone else pick up their scholar from school will need to provide them a copy of the carline number card. Hand-written numbers, images of numbers, and a verbal call out from the driver will not be accepted beginning on Monday August 21st.
    • Additional hangtags will be available for purchase for $2 each beginning on Monday August 21st.
    • Anyone under the age of 18 will not be allowed to pick up a scholar outside of carline times.

    What if I cannot pick up my scholar at the dismissal time?

    • LATE SCHOLAR PICK UP: Scholars not picked up 15 minutes after the end of carline will be escorted to the front lobby for "late pickup". The grace period is from 4-4:15pm, and 2:30-2:45pm on Wednesdays.
    • A late fee of $1 per minute will be applied for every minute after the grace period that the scholar is not picked up. This fee begins at 4:15pm (2:45pm on Wednesdays). $15 is the maximum charge per day from the front office.
    • After that time, the scholar will be escorted to the afterschool program, Champions, where they will be charged a drop-in fee of $30 per day that they are received paid to the 3rd party vendor Champions. 
    • In the case of an excessively or consistently late pick up, the Academic Leadership Team and OD will call a meeting with the family and campus police officer to ensure there is a plan in place for how to proceed. We do reserve the right to contact CPS or the police if there is suspicion of an unsafe situation involving a scholar, including consistently neglecting to pick them up from school.

    What if I do not want to go through the carline to pick up my scholar?

    • Everyone is required to use the carline route to help keep pick up and drop off safe for all scholars and families. We do not allow parents to walk across the street to pick up front from the front desk, or to use a carline number on foot to retrieve scholars.You can, however, use your ID to pick up scholars at the front desk after carline has ended. 
    • Early pick-up stops and the desk closes for carline 30 minutes before the carline begins.