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Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

School Hours

School starts at 9:00 a.m. Dismissal begins at 3:00 p.m. If your child is out for the day or you need to makes changes to dismissal, please call 222-1050 as soon as possible. The office is staffed at 7:00 a.m.  If you choose to email, please be sure to email both Mrs. Perkins and Mrs. Murray. Children who do not take the bus should not arrive at school before 8:40 a.m.

Arrival Procedures

Bus students will arrive at 8:30 a.m. Staff will be supervising the bus loop, playground, and cafeteria. Students participating in the breakfast program will report to the cafeteria. Weather permitting, Kindergarten through grade 2 students will be escorted to the playground for a morning fitness break from 8:30 a.m. - 8:55 a.m. Grade 3 through 5 students will enter the school and report directly to their classroom. Students dropped off by their parents between 8:25-9:00 a.m.  are expected to use the parent drop off circle. Please use caution when students are exiting vehicles. Students arriving after 9:00 a.m. will need to be escorted by an adult into the main office. Students will be marked as tardy if their arrival is after 9:00 a.m. It is Great Falls policy that parents do not go to the classroom to drop off their child.

Under no circumstance are students to be dropped off at school prior to 8:30 a.m. This includes the playground area. There will be no adult supervision until 8:30 a.m.

Dismissal Procedures

If you need to change how your child will be dismissed at the end of the day and you did not have a chance to send in a note, please make sure to call before 12:00 noon. This gives us time to provide the teacher written notification of the change.

Parent Pick Up:

We have two groups of parents/caregivers that we consider with our end of the day pick-ups:

One group is the parents/caregivers who pick up their students everyday or certain days of every week. These parents/caregivers need to send us in a single note at the start of the year to let us know that this will always happen. The second group is the parent/caregivers who call in, drop in, or send in a note to pick up their child occasionally. If you would like to pick up your child at the end of the day and have not sent in a note, please call the office (222-1050) by 12:00 noon.


All parent pick-ups will begin at 2:55 and will take place in the gym. Mrs. Murray will only call the individual names of the children who may not be aware that they are being picked up. If your child is a usual pick up or if you sent in a note, s/he will not be called down by name but will be called down with pick-ups at 2:55.

Mr. D will manage a sign out table in the gym for all pick-ups. You will need to SIGN YOUR CHILD OUT at the table. Once you have signed them out, you will need to wait in the gym to “connect” with your child and take them home. It is Great Falls policy that parents do not go to the classroom to pick up their child.

If you are dropping in please stop by the office by 2:45 and notify the staff who you are picking up. Mrs. Murray will call your children to the gym. You will need to sign your child out at the sign-out table and then you are free to connect with your child and take him/her home.

It important that all children are picked up from school no later than 3:15 p.m.


We must receive a note from you indicating that your child may walk home at dismissal. Walkers will be dismissed after all buses have left the premises.

Early Release Days      

There are eight scheduled early release days for development/conferences for teachers and administrators. They are noted on your school calendar. A reminder will be sent home with your child. Lunch will be served before dismissal at noon.  

Last Modified: Sep 08, 2014
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