We have made significant changes to our parking lot over the last several years. Much thought was put into the planning of it. There is increase capacity for parking, widened lanes, lengthened space for drop-off/pick-up, improved traffic flow, ADA compliant handicapped parking, an improved walking path for students crossing the driving lanes, and many other improvements.
Great care has been taken to ensure these plans put student safety first. However, the plans are only successful if followed carefully. Please review the following procedures and examine the map on the back of this page.
Drop-Off and Pick-up Lanes
- Pull forward as far as possible. This will help decrease the number of people waiting in line. Keep moving forward when space opens up in front of you.
- Merge into the drop-off/pick-up lane prior to getting to the yellow curb. Cars are directed to pull as far forward as possible, not leaving room for merging next along the yellow curb.
- Students should enter and exit vehicles only on the curbside - no exceptions.
- There is absolutely no parking in the drop-off and pick-up lane. Drivers must remain in their vehicles. There are no exceptions.
- With safety the first priority, encourage students to load and unload vehicles as quickly as possible.
- Watch carefully for pedestrians and keep the crosswalk in front of the school clear.
- Be keenly aware of the safety patrol as they stop traffic for pedestrian crossing.
- If you will be entering the building or walking your child to school from the parking lot, please use the parking lot on the north side of the building. Park only in designated parking stalls and do not use this lot as a pick-up or drop-off lane. Students are not allowed to “meet” parents in the parking lot. An adult must accompany all students entering or leaving the parking lot.
- When entering or leaving the parking lot, only use the designated crosswalk in front of the school and follow the lead of the safety patrol.
- Pedestrians are not allowed to cross into or out of the parking lot except via the sidewalk on the south side.
- Follow the directions of staff members on duty.
- There is absolutely no parking in the east lots next to Antczak Park. This is the designated handicap parking and bus lane and there should never be pedestrian traffic in this area.
- The church parking lot across the street from the school and Antczak Park should not be used as a drop-off/pick-up areas. These areas are not monitored for student safety.
Every elementary school must handle a large amount of traffic at the beginning and end of a school day. Your patience and understanding are appreciated. We do everything we can to maximize the flow of traffic while keeping students safe. Your support of the procedures is paramount in this process. We know your time is important. Even more that that, we know that the safety of every single student is our primary responsibility.
School Emergency Procedures
Guidelines for parents to follow in case of a school emergency
Ridgerest Elementary is committed to providing a safe environment for students, staff, parents and visitors. We work closely with district and local safety officials – police, fire, emergency medical services, and public health – in order to ensure our school is well prepared for an emergency. We have developed procedures that serve as a guide to help staff and our public safety partners respond swiftly should a crisis occur at our school.
As a parent, how can you prepare for a school emergency?
Provide accurate emergency contact information (including email) to office and notify the school if this information changes.
Tune in to local television and radio stations for news alerts. During an emergency, we can anticipate that phone lines into the affected school(s) may be blocked. In order not to interfere with emergency responders, we ask that parents wait to receive important information from school officials before going to the school or scene of an emergency. You can be confident that accurate and timely information will be released to parents, the public, and the media during any emergency incident via the Canyons District Communications Department.
What is Lockdown and Shelter-in-Place?
“Lockdown” is a common school security practice used to secure a building. It will be implemented in the event of a campus emergency or crisis that requires students and staff to seek safety within the building. During this type of emergency, the safest place for students is locked securely in their classrooms inside the school building. All outside doors and all classroom doors will be locked if the school is in Lockdown. During a Lockdown, no one except uniformed law enforcement will be allowed to enter the building. This means that parents will not be admitted and students will not be released to parents while the school is under Lockdown. No one will leave the building unless under the direction of emergency responders or until after local authorities give the all clear.
As the situation demands, the school may be put under a “Shelter-in-Place” order. This procedure is used in the event that a threat is possible, but not imminent. All outside doors will be locked if the school is in Shelter-in-Place. Classes and movement within the school will carry on as usual with the exception that no students or staff will be permitted to leave the building. As in a Lockdown, no one except uniformed law enforcement will be allowed to enter the building. This means that parents will not be admitted and students will not be released to parents while the school is under a Shelter-in-Place.
What will my child experience during a Lockdown or Shelter-in-Place?
A Lockdown or Shelter-in-Place begins with an announcement instructing all students to either remain in the building and/or remain in the room that they are in or immediately enter the nearest classroom which is manned by a staff member. During a Lockdown, students remain in their locked classrooms while authorities secure the school. During a Shelter-in-Place, students carry on activities inside the school while all students and staff are required to stay inside the building. When authorities are confident the building is secure, an all‐clear announcement will be made.
If the school is evacuated, how will I be able to locate my child?
Evacuation procedures are implemented during an emergency situation, such as a fire, earthquake or other disaster, when it is determined that students and staff will be safer outside the building or at a location away from the campus. If at all safe and possible, we will assemble the students on the field south of the school.
Parents or guardians will be notified through the automated School Messenger system (Skylert). They will be directed to a specific location where they will be required to show proper identification. Remember, a student can only be released to a parent/guardian or an adult who is documented as an emergency contact. If you are a non‐custodial parent, you must be listed in your child’s emergency contact information as a guardian and you must show proper identification.
Ridgecrest Elementary is prepared for an emergency.
As a parent, you should feel confident in knowing that we provide, on an annual basis, emergency response training to all school personnel. We have identified staff members with assigned roles and responsibilities to perform during an emergency. We conduct emergency drills throughout the school year, so that students and staff are aware of the most effective and safe emergency responses.
If you see something, say something
Ensuring school safety is everyone’s responsibility – staff, students, parents and the entire community. Please report any safety concerns you may have to the principal.
Ridgecrest Safe Walking Routes
The safe walking routes for Ridgecrest are detailed below. We strongly encourage families to adhere to these routes, which have been planned with student safety in mind.
Ridgecrest has four areas south of Fort Union Blvd with the school located in the middle of the four neighborhoods. It has three areas north of Fort Union, which would require students to cross Fort Union Blvd. Children are never to cross Fort Union Blvd, therefore there are buses provided and there is not a safe walking route provided.
From the southwest area, Santa Fe and Boulder Hollow apartments located on the south side of Fort Union, walk east on Fort Union to 1620 East, turn right and walk south to 7080 So. Right again on 1700 East and continue south to 7200 So. Proceed east on the north side of the street to the crossing guard at the raised crosswalk in front of the school.
From 1330 East to the school and Parkridge Drive west of 1600 East, proceed north along 1330 East, 1440 East, 1540 East, 1600 East, or 1710 East to 7200 South. Turn east along the south side of the street to the school. Enter on the west side crosswalk.
From the southeast area there are three streets coming south from Fort Union to 7200 South. Chris Lane (1760 East) north of 7200 and DeVille Drive (1880 East) have sidewalks, Brookhill (1820 East) is narrow and doesn’t have sidewalks. Students are encouraged to use Chris Lane or DeVille Drive whenever possible. Everyone in the northeast quadrant walks on the north side of 7200 South to cross onto the campus with the crossing guard.
The east area (1775 East to Highland Drive) and small streets feeding south from Parkridge Drive are encouraged to use Chris Lane (1775 East) or 1950 East coming north to 7200 and proceed east or west to the school on the south side of 7200 South.
Some students may have to use Highland Drive; but most apartment buildings have access onto 1950 East, which is less busy than 2000 East (Highland Drive). Students using Highland Drive proceed south to 7200 South, turn west, and walk to the school on the south side of the street.
In the past, students in the southeast quadrant have been encouraged to use the pathways or easements through Antczak Park to enter the school via the back routes. During the winter it is impossible to maintain these dirt paths, and maintenance is difficult year round. For this reason, it is preferable for students to walk on designated streets instead of through the back of the park.