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Driving on Campus

For the safety of students, all drivers are expected to observe and obey posted speed limit signs on campus as well as designated no parking or no stopping areas. Please do not deviate from the paths shown on the parking/drop off maps. If student drop off is to be made as efficient as possible, it requires everyone’s cooperation. This applies to students, parents, visitors and staff.

Student Driving Priveleges

Students should understand that driving to school is a privilege. Both students and parents need to carefully read the regulations regarding students driving to school. A Student Parking Permit form from the High School Administrative Assistant must be completed and returned to the school business office with the $40 tag fee. Students who have not complied with the school vehicle registration by the end of September (or within two weeks if the vehicle use begins after September) will be fined $50.

Students who are found in violation of the driving regulations may be issued disciplinary consequences, have driving privileges suspended, or be given other consequences as deemed necessary by the Administration.

The vehicle or vehicles driven by a student must be registered with the school office. The school’s parking tag must be displayed on the rear-view mirror with the number visible. RBS is not responsible for theft or loss of items from vehicles.

The campus speed limit is 10 mph and must be observed at all times.

All student passengers must turn in written permission from their parents allowing them to ride with the student driver. (Submit the note with the student driver’s Parking Permit Form). Each passenger must also adhere to the following regulations relating to arrivals, departures, and returning to the vehicle after it is parked and left. Any addition or removal of passengers is to be reported in writing within a week of the change.

The driver must carry adequate insurance to comply with Maryland State law. RBS is not responsible for students who are transported by private vehicles.

There is to be no loitering in or around motor vehicles in any of the parking lots before school, after school, or during the school day. Once the vehicle has been parked, the driver and passengers must leave the vehicle. After school, students are required to leave the school grounds by 3:15 PM or be under staff supervision.

No student may drive off school property during school hours, including lunchtime, without prior permission from the school administration and their parent (i.e. early departures).

No student may return to a vehicle during the school day without approval from the High School Principal. Lunches, books, projects, clothing, etc. should be taken from the vehicle when the student arrives at school.

Unexcused and continued tardies to school may result in the suspension of the driving privilege. Vehicles are to be left in designated parking areas during school hours. A student may park only in his/her assigned space, and the vehicle may not take more than one space. Students who park in an undesignated space will be asked to move their vehicle. Continued abuse will result in the suspension of the parking space for a specified period of time to be determined by the dean and principal, dependent on the number of offenses. There is to be no parking in the faculty spaces or in any other lot. Student parking is in front of the school in the lot near the baseball field.

The volume from radios or other musical equipment should not be audible outside the vehicle.

The Administration, and any security official may conduct a reasonable search of any student and/or vehicle if they have probable cause to believe the student has in his/her possession, or vehicle, an item that constitutes a criminal offense under the laws of the State or that violates the rules of the school.

Guest Check-In

All campus guests are required to check-in at either the church or school office (depending on building visited). Please bring your state-issued photo ID and proceed to the receptionist to check-in. You will be required to surrender your ID for the duration of your visit on campus. You will be given a visitor badge that must be displayed at all times. For the safety and security of students and faculty, all visitors must be prepared to follow this procedure upon arrival to campus. Any questions or concerns can be addressed to the school office.

Door Security

All doors on campus are locked at 8:15 am and remain locked throughout the school day and evening. To gain access to the building, please go to the front courtyard's main entrance. The receptionist will buzz you into the building from the center doors. Parents, DO NOT attempt to enter any other door on campus. For the safety and security of all students, you will not be admitted and referred to the center lobby entrance. Do not tap on the doors expecting a teacher/student to come open the door; this disrupts the nearby classrooms and will not gain you access. Again, questions may be directed to the school office.

Inclement Weather

In the event of inclement weather, the school’s policy is to follow Prince George’s County School’s release/closings. Follow weather events on WTOP news radio (103.5 FM) or bookmark their school closing page. A banner will be posted at the top of this site’s homepage with campus status. Any additional information that may be required in the event of a closing/delay will be posted on this page. A one-call will also be issued to all parents, faculty, and staff with school status. Parents, please use your own discretion when attempting to bring your students to campus during inclement weather/natural disasters. Please be safe rather than on-time.

The school does have natural disaster plans in place for any imaginable event or incident. There will be sporadic drill events throughout the school year to make sure students and faculty are prepared and comfortable with what to do to ensure the safety of all persons on campus. If parents would like to get involved in drills, planning or supplies, you are welcome to contact the school office.

Supervision

All students, regardless of age or grade, must be in appropriate designated areas at all times during the school day and during before/after school activities. Students who are not picked up at the end of the day must report to either a coach/supervisor of a previously approved activity or check into aftercare. In order for RBS to ensure the safety of all students, there are no exceptions to this policy.

Tailgating & Food

Tailgating is prohibited before, during, or after sporting events. Only authorized vendors are allowed to sell food and merchandise at games/practices. Please see the athletics director with any questions.

Facilities

Athletic facilities and playgrounds are intended for RBS students and staff use only. Exceptions to this policy can only be approved by the administration.

Substance Free Zone

The Riverdale Baptist School and Church grounds are a tobacco, alcohol, and drug-free zone. Please report any suspected substance abuse to a faculty or administrator immediately. For more information, please refer to your parent/student handbook.

Non-Discrimination Policy

Riverdale Baptist School admits students of any race, color, and national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, and national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.