This school year, Kimberly Elementary School parents are experiencing a car rider procedure that employs stricter safety measures. Mr. Joseph Salley, who is starting his first full year as principal of Southwest Atlanta’s L.O. Kimberly Elementary School, decided that stricter safety procedures were in order for the car rider pick-up line.
During the first week of school, parents received car rider tags with large print numbers on them to hang in their windshields. Students who ride home in cars are identified by the numbers on the car rider tag. When a car pulls into the parking lot at the end of the day, a school official announces the number of the car rider tag in the windshield and another school official escorts identified students to the corresponding cars.
“This process isn’t new to many other schools in the nation,” said Mr. Salley. “But, this is a new experience for the parents of this Cascade-Campbellton Road community.”
With about 70 different cars and daycare vans picking up students at Kimberly, the entire process only takes about 15 minutes.
“This process may seem like it could draw out the dismissal process at the car rider line, but in fact it is very efficient,” Mr.Salley explained.
Mr. Salley knows that his parents appreciate the extra safety measures.
Additionally, Mr. Salley has implemented Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS) at Kimberly Elementary. PBIS is part of the Response to Intervention (RtI) process that emphasizes the use of positive reinforcement and a consistent set of schoolwide expectations for all students.
At Kimberly, students are focusing on the 3 Bee’s (Bee Respectful, Bee Responsible, Bee Safe). Their behavior matrix outlines how students should behave in the lines, walkways, playground, restrooms, cafeteria, school assemblies, and the library.
Students are also using choice cards to document positive and negative behaviors. Positive marks on the choice card will entitle students to participate in quarterly “Top Bee” celebrations. Along with the choice cards, students can also earn “Caught-Ya” tickets. These tickets are given to students that exhibit great behavior. Students can save them for big prizes such as lunch with the principal, a school t-shirt, or having their name displayed on the school’s marquee.