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Car Rider Etiquette

Farmer has worked hard over the years improving our car rider system in order to accommodate over 300 car riders daily. So at this time we’re taking a moment to remind our parents of the car rider procedures and policies. Please help us maintain an efficient car rider system by following the set procedures.

  1. Pull your car all the way up. Twenty cars are unloaded in the morning and loaded in the afternoon at one time...and that’s A LOT of cars!

  2. Drivers, and all other passengers, must stay in the car. We have Safety Patrol and teacher/staff assigned to car rider duty to supervise and assist any student, if needed. 

  3. Cars must be unloaded and loaded on the passenger side due to the safety of the students.

  4. Pull up and out of the car rider line if you need more time to assist your child once he/she is in the vehicle. 

  5. If you do not live in the Billtown Farms Neighborhood, do not use it as a cut through to get to Farmer. Car riders must use Gellhaus Lane to enter campus to create a better traffic flow and improve efficiency.

  6. In order to allow sufficient time for students to arrive to class on time, car riders can start arriving and be dropped off at 8:40am.

  7. Due to safety concerns, students may NOT be dropped off in the Ramsey Middle School parking lot to walk down (even with a parent/guardian). If you’re a car rider you MUST remain in the line and follow the car rider line procedures.

  8. We ask all parents to refrain from being on your phone in order to keep the flow moving.

  9. The red flag placed outside each morning is Farmer’s way of communicating to parents that their child is tardy to school. Whenever a child is late to school, parents MUST come into the office and sign in the child.

Like any system, it takes the cooperation of everyone. Please help us maintain an efficient car rider system by following the set procedures. 

Farmer Elementary values the importance of teaching healthy living. Please purchase healthy, store-bought snacks for classroom celebrations. All food items shall meet the USDA Smart Snacks in School regulations. No cupcakes and sweet desserts are allowed. Classroom celebrations are limited to two adult visitors, due to limited space. Siblings are not permitted to attend any classroom functions. 

The school also recognizes students' birthdays, but birthday parties are best conducted at home. Party invitations may not be distributed at school unless every student in the class receives an invitation. Please give party invitations to the teacher to distribute. Gifts, such as balloons and flowers, will not be delivered to students. Balloons are not allowed at any celebrations or promotion ceremonies. 

Early dismissal of students is strongly discouraged; however, we realize that occasionally it is necessary for a student to leave school early. Students must be signed out in the office by an authorized adult who has been designated on the student’s Enrollment Information Form. Personal identification (ID) is always requested for verification.
No student will be dismissed after 3:30 p.m.
Note: We do not interrupt instructional time to deliver messages. If it is an emergency, please call the school and we will have a counselor assist you. 

On July 27, 2021, the board approved the requirement of masks for all vaccinated and unvaccinated students, staff, and visitors inside school property and on school buses.   
Changes in the normal way a child goes home, including early dismissals from school, require a note sent to the teacher that day and approval by an administrator. To assist in the safety of dismissal for all students, transportation changes must be written or emailed to:
to school personnel and submitted by 2:30 p.m. Parents will receive an email confirmation of the transportation change. Transportation changes by phone or after 2:30 p.m. will not be accepted unless it is a true emergency. Necessary plans should be made before students leave home in the morning.

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James E. Farmer Elementary School
6405 Gellhaus Lane 
Louisville, Kentucky 40299
(502) 485-8625