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Hickory Point Happenings April 8, 2021

In this edition:

  • Student attendance

  • Second grade daily attendance begins April 12

  • Arrival and dismissal procedure 

  • Reminders

  • Important dates

Student Attendance

Dear Hickory Point Parents,

We are thrilled to have our students fully in person. We expect students to attend school each day for the rest of the year in person. The only reason students can synchronously learn from home is an illness. Please work with us to make sure your child is at school. The habit of regular and faithful attendance is a prerequisite to successful school life. Students should be absent only in cases of illness or emergency. The Board of Education directs the school administration and staff to enforce, consistently, all school regulations relative to school attendance. These regulations require that all absences be verified by phone, by the student’s parent or legal guardian. When a student is ill and unable to attend school, please call the school office that morning (847.498.3830) by 8:30 a.m. to report the absence. If the office staff cannot personally answer the phone call, please leave a message including your child’s name, classroom teacher, and the reason for the absence. We love seeing your child’s smiling face in person at school every day. Please make every effort to minimize absences unless your child is ill.  Thank you. 

Second grade daily attendance begins April 12! 

Welcome back, second graders, to full attendance! Parents, please make sure you self-certify your child each day. Unless we hear otherwise from parents, we will assume that your child will go home the same way he/she does currently on their hybrid days. Thank you! 

Arrival/Dismissal Procedures for First and Second Grade Changes(final posting)

Dear Hickory Point Parents,

Safety is a top priority. Arrival and dismissal are a 20-minute process. Please be patient. Here is the process: 

Arrival Process 

First and Second grade students enter the building through Door A, Door B, Door C, or Door H beginning at 8:00 am. We have moved up the entry time to accommodate all of our students.  Students will scan their identification to verify the parent has self-certified their child is symptom-free. There will be a temperature check as well. Students will walk to their designated waiting area and sit three feet apart until the bell rings.  At 8:25 am, the first bell rings. The staff escorts the children into the classroom.

 The main entrance  (Door A) is the walk-up entrance. Parents park on the side streets perpendicular or adjacent to Laburnum and walk to the front door each morning beginning at 8:00 am.  Please kiss them and say goodbye at the door. 

Students exiting the bus will enter the building through Doors B and C.  

Parents dropping off by car will enter the school parking lot from Laburnum and follow the designated one-way road around the horseshoe to the designated entrance Door H. There will now be two lanes for cars to alleviate the traffic Laburnum. Staff will direct the cars to merge into one lane as they approach the building. There is no parking in the diagonal spots. Parents remain in the car, and staff will escort the student to the temperature check area. Please see the below aerial map of Hickory Point to help clearly explain the process. 


Dismissal Process:

Teachers will implement a staggered dismissal process to limit the number of students in the hallway. Teachers will walk their children to their going home locations. Students exit the building through 3 locations.

First and Second grade 

  • “WALK UP” pick-up line: Students will wait in the first grade hallway and be dismissed when parents get to Door G. (Parents park their car on the side streets and walk to the back of the school and wait by the door.)

  • CAR pick up: Students will wait inside the foyer of Door H. Please enter the parking lot from Laburnum and drive into the horseshoe. There will now be two lanes for cars to alleviate the traffic on Laburnum. Staff will direct the cars to merge into one lane.  There is no parking in the diagonal spots. Cars wait in a line in the horseshoe, and students exit Door H when the vehicle is within the designated pick-up area. Staff will escort your child to your car.

  • All BUS riders and after-school YMCA: Teachers will walk their bus and YMCA  riders into the gym. We will practice social distancing. Students will be seated six feet apart from each other, facing forward, in their designated bus lines. The staff will escort students to board the bus.

  • ADVENTURE CAMP - Hickory Point Staff supervises students attending Adventure Camp until the Adventure Campus staff arrives. 

Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

Correction on Last Day of School (Only Posting)

Initially, in a hybrid model, we were planning on two half days at the end of the year: one for “A” students and one for “B” students.  Now that all in-person students attend together, only the school year’s final day, Wednesday, June 2, will be a half-day of school. Hours at Hickory Point for June 2 will be 8:30 – 11:30 am.


  1. Please remember to send a refillable water bottle with your child each day. The weather is getting warmer, and they need to stay hydrated. 

  2. Please do not park in front of the do not park sign on Tamarind. Our buses need to navigate that corner during arrival and dismissal. Thank you.

  3. Parents, please remember to wear a mask on school grounds at arrival and pick up. 

  4. No pets are allowed on school grounds. 

Important dates

Monday, April 12                          Second grade students attend daily/remote 

                                                     students return

Thursday, April 15                        Remote material pickup

Friday, April 16                             Erin’s Law

                                                     Spirit day- favorite character/costume

Friday, April 23                             Teachers’ Institute - No School