Bridgewater Welcome Back Update

Bear Pride: Respect, Responsibility, Be Safe, Do Your Best

January 19, 2021

Welcome Back!!

Welcome Back to School K-2! It is good to have students back at Bridgewater!! I realized this morning that it has been a while since we were in-person, and that I need to send out this information again. We can make this all work if we work together.

Thank you!

Arrival Information--Parent Drop-off

Here are the rules/guidelines that need to be adhered to in the mornings:

  • Students may arrive at 8:00 a.m. (9:00 a.m. on Wednesdays) if they are eating breakfast in the morning.
  • Students may arrive no earlier than 8:10 a.m. each day (9:10 a.m. on Wednesdays) otherwise.
  • Stay in your car and in line to drop off your child. Don't park and walk across the parking lot.
  • Students walking to school should leave the house no earlier than 8:00 a.m.
  • Do not drop your child and hurry away; be the positive role model for your child.

When you pull up into the drop-off lane, please pull ahead as far as you can before letting your child exit your car. If there is a long line, please don't wait until you are directly in front of the door before letting your child out of your car. There is enough space for at least eight cars to drop off at the same time, and the children can walk up the sidewalk to the front door.

End of the Day--Parent Pick-Up

The end of the day is a busy time. You can only imagine trying to dismiss all of our students at the same time in an organized fashion making sure students get to the correct place. These are the things that keep me awake at night and give me nightmares. We dismiss at 3:20 pm each day.

As in the past, we will provide you a car-up tag for your child. Please write your child's name and grade big and clear on this tag, and place it so that it is visible through your windshield. This way you will drive up, we can read your child's name and make sure that your child gets to your car. Please remain in your car and in line. This is similar to a drive through, were you place your order and receive your happy face. Please be patient, alert and courteous. Everyone has a schedule with places to go.

We have about three times as many parents picking up this year. Everyone will need to be patient and respectful please.

  • Pull up when you can without leaving a huge gap in front of your car.
  • Make sure your tag is visible in your windshield hanging from your rear-view mirror.
  • Our K, 1, 2 students are dismissed first, and they will be ready to be picked up right away. The older students will be down shortly afterwards. You will want to plan accordingly.
  • Stay in your car and in line to pick up your child. Don't park and walk across the parking lot.
  • We are trying our very best to get your child to the correct car in a timely fashion while looking out for the safety of all.
  • Students walking home that need to cross Jefferson Parkway must cross with the safety patrols for their own safety.


Students who live within the walking boundaries should leave home no earlier than 8:00 a.m. each morning. This will keep them out of the way of high school traffic, and this is a safety issue. Crossing guards will be at their post at Raider Drive and Jefferson Parkway in the morning at 8:00 a.m. (9:00 a.m. on Wednesdays), and at 3:20 p.m. in the afternoon. Students should always cross with the patrols and not at other places on Jefferson Parkway. Please talk to your child about going directly to school in the morning and directly home in the afternoon.


Due to the Covid environment, visitors are not allowed in the building during the school day. Unfortunately, this does mean that parents are not able to walk children to class nor come in to have lunch with students. Our enrollment is high enough where we will be using the commons area and hallway to distance students during lunch. We will not have room for guests. Thank you for understanding!

Attendance Line

Please call the Bridgewater attendance line if your child is going to be absent from school. This number can be accessed 24 hours a day. 507-664-3306 is the number and this is at the top of your Bridgewater magnet that you received at the beginning of the school year. We will place a phone call to families that we don’t hear from by the morning; this is done for the sake of safety. Thank you for your help!

Benjamin Bus Company

The phone number to Benjamin Bus Company is 507-645-5720 if you are in need of assistance. We work together quite closely, but we are not driving the busses and dropping off students.

Temperature Checks--A Must

Thermometers were passed out to each family this fall. Parents are to take the temperature of your child each morning before sending them to school. If your child's temp is 100 degrees or higher, they must remain at home. Please let us know if you still need a thermometer

Bridgewater Elementary School

World-class Learning for Elementary Students Grades K-5 Bridgewater Elementary School, situated on a 14-acre campus just south of downtown Northfield, is a K-5 public school serving approximately 600 students. It serves the neighborhoods on Northfield's southern side, Dundas, and the rural area south of Highway 19 and west of Highway 246. Students benefit from an active Bridgewater Booster Club and many parent volunteers.

The staff is intensely dedicated to offering a high quality, well-rounded education that strives to meet the specific needs of each student. We focus on empowering our students in their learning and building a solid foundation for their educational journeys.