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Betsy Ross Elementary School

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Arrival & Departure Procedures

To maximize student safety during arrival and dismissal, children are to be dropped off and picked up on Malcolm Road at the top of the steps. Unless your child is attending the YMCA before care, students cannot be dropped off before 8:20 AM, as there is no supervision at that time. Driving into the parking lot in front of the school for drop off or pick up is prohibited. This area is reserved for buses only during these times.

Children going to the YMCA and bus will be dismissed prior to car rider students. All students will exit via the door by the All-Purpose Room. Car riders will remain inside the school until they are called over the radio to come up the steps to Malcolm Road. U-turns and double parking are prohibited on Malcolm Road. Anyone utilizing hand-to-hand pick-up should park on Mahwah Road and walk your child to the All Purpose Room in the mornings, and park on Mahwah Road and walk to the hand-to-hand door at dismissal. Parents are not permitted to park in the parking lot during arrival or dismissal as we need to allow for staff parking. We appreciate your understanding with this!

Students arriving late (after 8:42 AM) must report to the office and be signed in by a parent/guardian before proceeding to their classrooms.


Betsy Ross uses the web application PickUp Patrol for dismissal. Please make sure before the start of each school year, you go on to the app and verify your child’s default dismissal plan.  This is what your child would normally do each day, if needed you can make a daily change to this default plan.

If you are new to Pick Up Patrol you will receive an important welcome email from them. It is important to register from that email "register here" link. You will choose a password that will give you access to the link below. Please look for that email shortly after registering your child at Betsy Ross. 

Dismissal options are: Car, Bus, YMCA (previous registration is required), and Goddard (previous registration is required).

You can make daily changes to the default plan on the same link. All daily changes in the app can be made any time before 2:40 PM on the day of the change. If you missed the cutoff you will need to call the office at 201-762-2251. 


Since the time spent in school is important to student success, we encourage parents/guardians to make routine medical and dental check-ups for their children outside of school hours.

Please use the app PickUp Patrol to inform the staff if you plan to pick up your child early.

Except in the case of a rare emergency, parents are strongly discouraged from signing children out of school between  2:55- 3:12 P.M. as our office staff is very busy at these times ensuring a safe dismissal for all.