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Traffic and Drop Off/Pick Up Procedures

We share our  campus with two other schools (San Carlos Charter and Mariposa Upper Elementary), so we have almost 1,000 students dropped off each day. In order to live as a community of three schools, we have some expectations. Please read the expectations below and review the map provided.

  • Please be courteous of others and obey all traffic signs. Do not park and leave your car in any of the drop off areas; these are for loading and unloading only.
  • Allow yourself plenty of time to get to school.
  • Whenever possible have your kids take the bus, or park a few blocks away and walk to campus. This will alleviate traffic for all of our families who must drive onto our school.
  • If you park in the neighborhood, be courteous and do not block driveways. Please DO NOT drop your child off at school prior to 8:20 am in the morning unless they have a zero period. Zero period students can arrive at 7:40 am (zero period starts at 7:45 am). All other students may arrive on campus at 8:20 am when campus supervision begins. In addition, San Carlos Charter Learning Center (SCCLC) begins at 8:10 am and Mariposa at 8:40 am, so there will be lots of traffic coming in and out if you arrive prior to 8:20 am.
  • DO NOT line up to pick up your child earlier than 2:55 pm. This causes a backup that will not help all who are trying to pick up their kids.


If you are coming by Car:

Our drop off curbline is in front of Tierra Linda. Please pull around through the parking lot and up to the curb. Please do not park and leave your car in the circle for any reason! Pull up to the curb as far forward as possible and have students exit the car.  Note that idling and parking are not allowed in the carline.  Once you arrive, students must exit the vehicle and walk in. They will walk directly to the quad where supervision will begin at 8:20. First period begins promptly at 8:40.


If you are coming by Bus:

The SamTrans bus is a great option for our TL students! Route 61 is back in service  starting 8/7/23.  This route serves our school so please click here for more information. The bus will drop students off on San Carlos Avenue around 8:09am and again at 8:29am this year – perfect with our new schedule. Students will walk on the sidewalk to the school. They will walk directly to the quad where supervision will begin at 8:20. Please note that from 8:20-8:35, students must have homework or a book to read. Click here for SamTrans bus schedules - Route 61.


Youth Unlimited Free Bus Passes: 

In partnership with the San Mateo County Office of Education, SamTrans provides free bus fares for Socioeconomically Disadvantaged (SED) students, as defined by the California Department of Education. SED students include students that are eligible for the Free and Reduced-Price Meal program, students experiencing homelessness, foster-youth, migrant students, and students whose parents did not graduate high school.  Students can use these passes on all SamTrans routes. 


If you are walking or rolling:

When coming onto campus, students will get off their bikes or skateboards when they cross the crosswalk to campus. Students will drop their bicycles off in the bike drop off area on the corner of the Tierra Linda Campus.