Car Riders

  • Kindergarten/AM Preschool

    • From 7:30-7:55 students enter the building through the back door (kindergarten) and annex door (preschool)

    • Parents please use the drive north of the playground to drop off your child

    • Students eating breakfast should arrive prior to 7:45am

    • Upon arrival, students will proceed directly to their classrooms

  • PM Preschool

    • At 11:40 students enter the building through the front door. PreK staff will meet you at the front door. Please wait on the front porch if you arrive early.

    • Students will be walked to their classroom by a staff member

    Bus Riders

    • Bus students will be dropped off at the front entrance, with the exception of AM Preschool busses which drop off at the back door.

    • Upon arrival, students will proceed direction to their classrooms


If you are dropping off, or picking up a student throughout the school day, you may park in the front drive (on the west side) unless it is between the hours of 10:20-10:35 a.m., and 11:30-11:45 a.m. Pre-school buses will be in the front drive during those times. You may also park along the street in the parking spots parallel to the school. The front drive will be closed to car traffic at 1:45 p.m. to allow for busses to line-up for end-of-the-day pick-up. The parking lot west of the playground may also be utilized at any time throughout the school day.

A few reminders regarding picking up your student prior to dismissal

  • Students needing to be picked up early for an appointment, must be picked up prior to 1:45pm. After 1:45pm, we ask that parents use the normal dismissal procedures to ensure the safety of our staff and students, as traffic will begin to increase at the entrances at that time.

  • If you need to pick up your child early from school for an appointment or emergency, the procedures are as follows:

    • Call the office (217)639-8000 to let us know of the early pick up. 

    • Upon arrival parent will notify the office by pressing the button on the a-phone. Parent will wait outside and have their identification ready.

    • Secretary or school personnel will walk the student to the door, check identification, and release the student to the parent or guardian.


Car Riders

  • Kindergarten/PM Preschool

    • At 2:10 cars will be allowed through the gate north of the playground.  All cars should have a mirror tag that states the child’s name and teacher (parents can obtain a mirror tag in the office)

    • Student names will be called over the walkie-talkie. Teachers will dismiss students as they hear their name and a staff member will bring the student to their car. Parents are asked to remain in their car.

    • Parents are not to park in the parking lot and walk up to the back door. Car riders must be picked up in the car line.

    • Parents cannot enter the building to pick up their student at dismissal ( (See early pick up/appointment pick up above)

    • Using the car pick up line

      • With your vehicle, form a line at the gate on the north side of the playground until it is opened at 2:10pm. It is highly recommended that you form a line and enter the circle drive from the northwest using Taylor Ave, rather than in front of the school. When the gate is opened, follow the circle drive. Your student will be loaded into your car by Mark Twain staff at the back of the building. Please stay in your vehicle during pick up to help make the process more efficient.

  • AM Preschool

    • At 10:25 staff will walk students to the walk-through gate on the west side of the playground to meet parents (weather permitting) or to the front doors during inclement weather.

    Bus Riders

    • Kindergarten

      • Bus riders will wait in their  assigned dismissal spot and will be led out to their bus by a staff member once the bus arrives.

    • AM/PM Preschool

      • Bus riders will be escorted to the bus by preschool staff and loaded on the bus.