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Safety Reminders


  • Please keep the safety of children at the front of your thoughts and actions when entering the parking lot.
  • Please turn off your cell phone and other distractions as you approach the school.
  • Please stay in a single lane as you come through the parking lot. We have found that allowing cars to form a passing lane creates an unsafe environment. People drive too quickly; they allow their child to enter the car before the designated area, thus slowing down the process; and the congestion created at the top of peninsula makes it difficult to manage the flow of traffic.
  • Please follow the directions of the traffic volunteer. Cars are not allowed in the bus turnaround until all bus pick ups and drop offs are completed and only as the traffic volunteer directs.
  • Please help keep things moving each morning by having your child ready to go, with backpack in hand, as they exit from the passenger side of the car. Opening trunks, back doors, and other areas slows down the process.
  • Please allow cars that have been parked in the lot to merge with the flow of traffic.
  • Pedestrians, please only cross at designated crosswalks. There is no designated crosswalk at the end of the peninsula. Please remain on the sidewalks and walk around to the front gates.
  • Please follow the traffic flow into the parking lot (turn right rather than going straight). All students should be dropped off and wait for pick up on the peninsula. Students will not be allowed to wait at the stop sign at the parking lot entrance. Students must remain on the peninsula, with teacher supervision. It is unsafe to have your child wait alone away from the school.
  • Please remain calm and composed as you navigate through the arrival and dismissal routine. Everyone in the parking lot is a member of our community, the parent of your child’s friend, and interested in making Shoal Creek the best school possible. Please treat everyone respectfully – your children, and theirs, are watching. We hear reports daily of cursing and gesturing – there is no place for such behavior in our parking lot. We need more volunteers to assist with traffic and to help keep us safe! If you are interested in learning more about assisting with traffic management, please contact the office. (858) 613-9080
  • Please drive slowly. 
  • Follow the Golden Rule with other drivers and staff members. Remember that you are not the only one in a hurry.
  • Please do NOT get out of the car to assist or escort your child.
  • Pull up close to the car in front of you.
  • Please refrain from using cell phones while driving in the parking lot.
  • Busses have priority.  Please be cognizant of their presence and try to make their entrance and exit as easy as possible.
  • Please do not park in the reserved spaces. 
  • Park in one of the parking spaces, not in the traffic flow area at any time of the day.
  • If you park in the red zone or in the handicapped parking and leave your vehicle, you are likely to be ticketed by the Poway Sherriff's Department.
Bicycle Rider
  • Bike Permit
  • Bicycle riding is allowed for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students. 
  • Bicyclists are required to wear safety helmets.
  • Bicycles are to be walked on school grounds. School grounds include, but are not limited to Shoal Creek Road from Edgemoor to the end of the parking lot.
  • Bicycles need to be walked to designated area and locked to the bike racks prior to the start of school.
  • Bicycle riders need to ride in a safe manner. Bicycle privileges will be revoked from anyone who is not riding safely to and from school.
  • Skateboards, motorized scooters, roller blades and other shoes with wheels are not permitted as a means of traveling to or from school.
  • Tennis shoes with wheels are not allowed on campus.
Thanks for your cooperation! Remember -- Courtesy is Contagious!