Faster Elementary Dismissal with PikMyKid

Bristol Township Elementary Schools Use PikMyKid for Faster, Safer PM Dismissal
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Gone are the days of slow cars lines for parents and a chaotic dismissal process for teachers. Brookwood, Keystone and Mill Creek Elementary Schools have all implemented PikMyKid, an automated dismissal system that streamlines how parents pick up their kids from school.

Bristol Township School District began using PikMyKid shortly after they welcomed students back in the Hybrid Staggered Start Model. Due to the pandemic, more students are being picked up from school by their parents instead of riding the bus. Prior to the pandemic, students who were car riders were dismissed at the same time and it was very crowded while they waited for their parents.

Once a parent arrives at an elementary school, a teacher who is the car coordinator enters the child’s student ID number on an iPad. The student’s name and ID number are displayed on the car’s dashboard.

After the ID number is entered, the PikMyKid online dashboard notifies the teacher that the student’s parent arrived and dismisses the student. By the time the parent drives up to the school’s loop, the child is there and ready to go. This allows children to be dismissed incrementally and avoids crowded hallways.

“For such a big school, it definitely makes dismissal smoother and the flow is working,” said Jenny Folz, learning support teacher at Mill Creek Elementary School. “It’s great for social distancing because the kids don’t come out all at once.”

In addition to socially distancing the students, it keeps teachers and parents safe as well. Megan Repko, Title I reading specialist at Brookwood Elementary School, is the car coordinator for PikMyKid. She says that with student IDs on the cars’ dashboards, parents can keep their windows closed and do not have to come in close contact with her while she enters them on the iPad.

Repko heads outside at 3:30 every afternoon and is done within twenty minutes – give or take a few later parents. “It’s definitely a team effort,” said Repko. “Two teachers line up the students in the order of the cars, two teachers lead the lines outside to the cars and a security guard is outside too. It’s pretty seamless.”

The dismissal system has been easy for parents to use as well.  

“It’s very fast and organized,” said parent Autumn Emenhizer. She says she is usually one of the last cars in line, but the process is quick and easy, and her daughter is always dismissed on time. 

Brookwood car dismissal team
Brookwood car riders team!
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