Ithaca City School district buses will arrive at Montessori at 3:00 p.m. and depart at 3:10 p.m. Parents picking up children should plan to do so between 3:15 and 3:30. You may not pass a school bus with blinking lights or park in the Fire Lane under any circumstances as it is against the law. The driveway must remain clear for school buses, and it is a Fire Lane! Our driveway is a one-way circle, so you may not drive on the lower drive the wrong way. When you arrive, park in the lot and walk into the building for your child. (Feel free to double park behind any staff car.) One of our staff will get your child from his/her classroom. This will minimize disruption in the classrooms at the end of the day. If your child ever needs to leave school at the end of the day for a destination other than the usual one, or be picked up by another person, he/she must bring a note to school on that day or you may e-mail the office at email@example.com by noon. Any changes after that time must be by phone. If you have not advised us of any changes the child will be sent home in the usual way. Children who are not picked up by 3:45 p.m. (which is a 15 minute grace period) will be sent to our Afterschool Program and an $18.00 fee will be charged. There will be no exceptions.