Driveline, Rideshare, and Walker FAQs
Safety is our number one concern!
Q: What are late start driveline times?
Q. What is the best way to get my child to and from school?
A. We encourage all parents to participate in Rideshare. Rideshare is a carpooling program set up for Flagstaff Academy families to help reduce the amount of traffic during driveline drop off and pick up. Families who carpool three times a week can use the Rideshare lanes on the south side of the building. Rideshare vehicles, identified with a yellow sticker on the drive line tag, are allowed onto the school lot to pick up students at 3 p.m., with student dismissal of Rideshare families beginning at 3:25 p.m.
Q. How do I sign up for rideshare?
A. Each year, Way-go-Go, a program run by the Denver Regional Council of Governments, sends Flagstaff families names of other Flagstaff families who live nearby. Families, based on this information, can then reach out to each other and arrange car pools. Once carpools are arranged, families should fill out the Rideshare form found on the Driveline page of the website. Families who fill out the form and carpool three or more times a week will receive a yellow sticker on their drive line tag.
Q. Drop-off time is 7:45 a.m. for middle school and 8 a.m. for elementary school. I have a middle school student and an elementary school student, what time do I drop my children off?
A. Families with children in both middle and elementary school should drop their children off at 7:45 a.m. At that time, the middle school students will head to their classes, while the elementary students will go to the commons until 8 a.m. Only elementary school students with middle school siblings should arrive at 7:45 a.m.
Q. What is a drive line tag?
A. A drive line tag is a tag given to every family that enrolls at Flagstaff. It is used to match students with their parents' vehicles during pick-up, and is the main identification during drive line. It is important you only let people authorized to pick up your child have access to the drive line tag. Any parent attempting to pick up a student during drive line that doesn't have a drive line tag visible in their window will need to physically pick up their child at the front office, and show proper identification.
Q. Where do I get a drive line tag?
A. All families are assigned a drive line number tag when students are first enrolled. This drive line number stays with students until they leave Flagstaff Academy, and does not need to be renewed yearly. Parents can use their drive line tags every year. Parents needing a new drive line tag or additional drive line tags for Rideshare, can request one online by visiting the Driveline page of the website. New families already have drive line numbers assigned, and can pick those up during at the front office between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Q. I organized an afternoon carpool with parents on my own, can I get the yellow sticker on my drive line tag?
A. Yes, but you will still need to fill out the Rideshare form found on the Driveline page of the website.
Q. What time should I arrive for drive line?
A. It takes approximately 8 minutes to cycle through drive line. Rideshare families have a pick up time from 3:25 - 3:33 p.m. The next pick-up window is from 3:40 - 3:48 p.m., and the final window is 3:50 - 3:58 p.m. Rideshare families can arrive early and are allowed into the drive line lot prior to 3:25 p.m. Only Rideshare families will be allowed on the lot early. Families without a yellow Rideshare sticker will not be allowed on the school lot until all Rideshare vehicles have been released. To reduce wait time, we encourage families to plan their arrival time for 3:40 p.m. or later.
Q. I carpool in the morning, can I use the rideshare lane in the afternoon?
A. Only those who carpool regularly in the afternoon can use the rideshare lanes. Rideshare helps us alleviate the congestion in the afternoon by allowing families who use the program to arrive earlier to pick up their children. Drop-off tends to cause less congestion and traffic issues.
Q. I run an afternoon carpool two times a week regularly, can I use the ride share lanes if I'm a regular carpooler?
A. Three times a week is the minimum requirement for rideshare. The rideshare lanes are used for people who help decrease the amount of cars in the afternoon on a regular basis. We set three times a week as the base criteria because it has the greatest impact on a daily basis.
Q. I usually arrive to pick up my child around 3:35 p.m. so I just line up and park on the side of the street. There's usually a queue of cars waiting to pick up their kids around this time, so if I arrive later than 3:35 p.m. I'm in line longer.
A. In order to prevent us from going back into mediation, we are asking all parents to abide by drive line and walker procedures. With parents consistently lining up early and parking, we're causing problems for our neighbors, the businesses that surround us, by creating traffic issues where none are necessary. By asking every parent's cooperation in following drive line procedures, queuing up early should be lessened greatly. By arriving no earlier than 3:40 p.m. unless you are Rideshare family, the need to wait in line will be greatly reduced.
Q. The drive line is long, it's quicker to park on the side of the road and have my child walk to me. Parking on the street is legal, why am I being asked to park in the Front Range Community College lot?
A. This is as much a safety concern as it is a matter of courtesy to our neighbors. With the amount of traffic during drive line and the past issues with children cutting across our neighbor's properties or crossing at non-designated crossing areas, parking on the street isn't as safe as parking in the allotted slots granted us by Front Range Community College.
Q. What do I need to do if I park and choose to have my child walk to the Front Range Community College parking lot?
A. Make sure you register your child as a walker and remind them to use the proper cross-walks when crossing the street. Also, arrive promptly at dismissal time so your child does not have to wait in the parking lot.
Q. Where do I park if the spots at Front Range Community College are full?
A. There are two weeks in August where Front Range Community College has open registration. This is the only time period where this parking lot tends to become full. In this instance, we ask that you use drive line, arrange a carpool where possible or park legally where permitted.
Q. My child walks home from school. What do I need to know?
A. Ensure that your child knows to use the cross walks, and not to take short-cuts across the property of our neighbors, or loiter off the school grounds. Remind your child to not play on the fit-trail structures located on the sidewalks on Miller Drive. Also be sure to register your child as a walker. Children not registered as walkers will not be let off the school property unless an authorized adult is present to pick up the child. You can register your child as a walker on the Driveline page of the website. Students registered as walkers have the ability to leave the school grounds without adult supervision. Please be aware that if you authorize your child to leave the school premises, they will be allowed off the school property on their own.