Churchland Preschool Center

          4061 River Shore Road*Portsmouth, VA 23703*(757) 686-2533

Our Present, Our Future

September 9, 2021

Good Morning Parents and Guardians of Churchland Preschool’s finest boys and girls! This is Mrs. McIntyre the administrator of Churchland Preschool.

First, I would like to commend each of you for your patience and understanding as we attempt to ensure that your child arrives to school safely as well as following specific protocol for the dismissal process in regards to releasing students to the proper authority and ensuring safety measures for both staff and students.

Secondly, Churchland Preschool hours are 8:05 a.m. until 3:05 p.m. The dismissal process starts at 2:55 p.m. In order to protect instructional time, we ask that your child remain in school for the full day.

Thirdly, all preschool students must be escorted by an adult for arrival and dismissal. This includes putting your child on the bus and receiving them from the bus. Please do not send your child to the front of the school alone or with siblings. Churchland Preschool is a separate school from Churchland Academy and we have specific guideline for our students. No preschooler should be dropped off and left alone.

Fourth, while we know the dismissal process has been a little hectic, we still expect for parents to follow the procedures. If your child is considered a walker according to the Portsmouth Public Schools zoning map, they will be released to parents on the right side of the building at the cafeteria door beginning at 2:55 pm. Please have your ID and be authorized to pick up the student. All other students will be considered as a car rider or a bus rider.

Parents of car rider students should take their place in the car rider lineup. Parents should be in receipt of a car number tag that should be displayed on the dashboard of your car. A staff representative will identify your tag number with your student and someone will bring your child out to the car. Please DO NOT leave your car unattended for any reason in an attempt to pick up your child otherwise.

Parents without a car number tag and your child is not considered a car rider will need to park your car in a legal, available parking space and may line up against the brick wall leading to the cafeteria door adjacent to the right side of the school to pick up your child. Please have your ID and be authorized to pick up the student.

This process will be monitored closely and if it is determined that you are picking your child up daily from this location, you will then be considered a car rider and assigned a car number and will have to utilize the car line up process.

Just to reiterate, dismissal  will begin at 2:55 p.m. Please remain patient and follow the process accordingly.

While I am certain that our parents and guardians will oblige with this process, I must inform you that in the event of negative implications displayed as a result of our staff members implementing and carrying out the arrival/dismissal policy and procedures, we will be seeking assistance from our designated School Resource Officer as well as the Portsmouth Police Dept.

If you have questions or concerns, I will be glad to assist you. Our primary goal is to ensure the safety of our children as well as our staff.


Mrs. Robyn McIntyre




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