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  • Malta Avenue Arrival and Dismissal Information (pdf)

    Malta Avenue Arrival and Dismissal Protocol

    Ballston Spa Central School District

    The safety of our students is our top priority.  Please be aware that, due to safety guidelines and regulations that we are required to have in place to manage COVID-19, parents and family members are not permitted to enter our school buildings upon arrival or at dismissal.  Also, each of our students MUST have their daily wellness screening check completed through our Pinpoint application as noted on the District website. There are no exceptions to this as this is a state requirement. 

    The traffic plan includes separation, when possible, of buses, cars, and staff traffic to increase efficiency.  Students will go directly from their form of transportation to their classroom, maintaining social distancing and wearing masks.  



    Students riding the bus will be dropped off and picked up on Grove Street or Pine Street.  Staff will be available to assist students. Buses will begin to unload at 9:00 AM


    Bus loading will occur beginning at 3:15 pm, with buses leaving Malta Avenue by 3:30 pm. 


    Drop-off Protocol

    • Parent drop-off and pick-up during arrival and dismissal will take place on Malta Avenue.
    • Students will exit the vehicle and enter the building through their designated entrance.
    • Please have students ready with masks and backpacks so they can exit the car promptly.
    • School staff will assist students in getting to the correct entrance and their classroom. 
    • When you arrive in front of Malta Avenue, please stop your car on the playground-side of Malta Avenue (Southeast side of the street, heading north).
    • Please remain in your car and say goodbye to your child in the car. If you need assistance please pull around to Chapman Street. Students will walk directly into the building with guidance from staff. 
    • All walkers and drop-off students should not arrive at Malta Avenue prior to 9:15.

    In an effort to encourage social distancing, arrival and dismissal will be staggered. Please reference the schedule below for your assigned drop-off time. 

    Drop-off and walker schedule: 

    All walkers 9:15-9:25

    Last Name A-J 9:15-9:25

    Last Name K-S 9:25-9:35

    Last Name T-Z 9:35-9:45 

    Safety Guidance

    • As students exit their car, they will be expected to maintain social distance when walking toward the building entry.  Students will not congregate with other students on the campus when walking into school or in the hallways on the way to their classroom.  Staff members will be out to remind and support students.
    • Family members are to remain in their cars.  If a child requires assistance departing from the vehicle, the parent can assist but remain at the car when the child walks towards school.
    • Parents may not come into the building during arrival and dismissal.


    Pick-up Protocol

    • Pick-up Passes
      • Families that have indicated they will be picking up their child will be receiving a pick-up pass in the mail to expedite the process.  The pass will include your child’s name, teacher's name, and the pick-up time according to the staggered dismissal schedule shown below. Passes should be displayed in the passenger window for pick up. If you do not display the colored placard, please pull forward and park on Chapman Street where you will need to show your license to a staff member. 
      • Please note, these passes are intended for the caregiver who routinely pick-up their child(ren).  If you need to pick up your child only on occasion, no pass is necessary but you will need to send in a note and have ID to present on pick-up.  
      • If you need a pick-up pass,  but did not receive one in this mailing contact the main office.
      • In an effort to encourage social distancing, dismissal will be staggered. Please reference the schedule below for your assigned pick-up time. 
      • As a reminder, when you arrive in front of Malta Avenue, please stop your car on the playground-side of Malta Avenue (Southeast side of the street, headed north).


    Last Name


    A - J


    K - S


    T - Z



    All students will be considered pick-up students unless you complete the form below, which will grant Malta Avenue Elementary School permission to dismiss your child as a walker at 2:30 PM. If this form is not completed, your child will NOT be dismissed as a walker. Instead, your child will be considered a pick-up student and will be dismissed using the schedule above. 

    *By completing the form below, you are granting permission for your child to be dismissed as a walker at the walker dismissal time. At the walker dismissal time, your child will be released out the front entrance of Malta Avenue and will be asked to walk home, avoiding congregating on the Malta Avenue campus. Please complete this form for each child in your household. If it is necessary for your child to be accompanied as a walker, they will need to be considered a pick-up and follow the pick-up procedures outlined above.  

    Walker Permission Form:



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  • Malta Avenue Elementary School's Character

    Character education has a prominent role in the lives of young children. Through an infusion of character education, Malta Avenue students engage in a multitude of activities to promote acts of kindness, good citizenship and tasks that develop skills and strategies to become good problem solvers. All students will recognize the worth, quality, and importance of themselves, other people and their community.

    Each month Malta Avenue will focus on a character theme. September's character theme is Citizenship. Citizenship - Do your share. Do your part to make your school and community better. Treat everyone equally - work well with others - stay informed - vote - be a good neighbor - obey laws and rules.

    At the beginning of our school year, Mrs. Johnson put out a request for students to share how they show Citizenship. Mrs. Darmofal's Class submitted the way they show citizenship. 

    Mrs. Darmofal's Class


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  • Click here to view this newsletter on Smore!

    Welcome back Malta Avenue students and families! We have missed all our Malta Avenue friends! Additionally, I would like to extend a huge welcome to all the new students and families in our school community.

    I am incredibly excited to start this new school year. This summer I spent a lot of time with Malta Avenue teachers, parents, and other staff members planning for this rather different start to the school year. I also spent quite a bit of time eating ice cream with Malta Avenue students on our grade level Google Meet ice cream socials!

    Please see the below for Malta Avenue updates and reminders.

    School Hours And Schedule:

    • Remote school hours will be the same as in-person learning (9:00am-3:15pm) 
      • During the first weeks, students will need to learn routines/ build up stamina for online learning (days may be a little shorter)
    • A typical “school day” in remote learning will be similar in its structure- most learning will be on our Chromebooks
      • Morning meeting- log in and greet teacher and begin day
      • Humanities classes and lunch breaks

    Here Is How You Can Help:

      • Support good attendance: remind students that remote learning is important
      • Help to provide a productive learning spot
      • Help to minimize distractions to learning and ensure appropriate learning environment for the class
        • Be sure students are appropriately dressed
      • Contact your child’s teacher or principal if you have concerns


    • Refrain from photographing or video recording lessons



    Technology Support For Families: 

    Please join Parent/Caregiver Resource Group in Schoology by following the instructions below: 


    1. Click Groups at the top of Schoology.

    2. Click “Join a Group” on the far right.

    3. Enter the Group Access Code: FRZF-299F-XFRXX

    4. Click Join.

    This group will house various software product tutorials and communications that will support remote learning.

    Additionally, please email Sheila Gregoire as well as your child’s teacher with specific technology questions or concerns. 

    The Malta Way:

    I want to remind our school community about “The Malta Way.” We believe that “The Malta Way” is being proud of who you are on the inside and how you show it on the outside. We ask ourselves the three core questions that help us to follow “The Malta Way.”

    Am I being the best for myself?

    Am I being the best for my school?

    Am I being the best for my family?

    These are questions that I encourage you to think about and talk about with your child(ren).

    Character Education Word Of The Month: Citizenship:

    Our character education word for September is Citizenship - Do your share. Do your part to make your school and community better. Treat everyone equally - work well with others - stay informed - vote - be a good neighbor - obey laws and rules. 

    This month I would like to hear examples from students on how they demonstrate citizenship. Please email me with your child’s ideas and/or pictures of how they demonstrate citizenship. 

    A Huge Thank You To The Malta Ave PTA:

    Thank you for your incredible support last week! We enjoyed the coffee and donuts on Tuesday, delicious treats on Wednesday, an incredible lunch on Thursday, and amazing goodie bags on Friday, which included handmade Malta Avenue masks for all staff members created by the very talented, Alicia Christofferson. Malta Ave is feeling the love and support from our incredible community!

    As always, please feel free to reach out at any time via email or phone call with questions or concerns! 

    Sincerely, Sarah Johnson


    Phone: 884-7250 Ext. 1351



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