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Pick-up/Drop-off Information

Sundown Elementary School has over 1,000 students. Student safety is a concern for everyone especially at pick-up and drop-off before and after school. Please adhere to the procedures for the safety of all students.

Safety is Everyone's Responsibility

In the morning, students in grades 1-6 may be dropped off in the front of the school and enter through the front gate by room 214 or on the side of the school (62nd Street) and enter through the gate by room 201. Kindergarteners must be dropped off at the Kindergarten gate (blue gate) located in the front of the school. Students are NOT TO ENTER the school through the office area (front doors) unless they are tardy.

After school, there will be four dismissal spots for students in grades 1-6.

a)Bike gate (located by bike racks)*

b)Bus gate

c)Front gate (by Room 214)

d)Twirl gate (by church)

e)Walker gate (behind classroom 201)

*only 3rd – 6th graders can ride bikes and MUST have a helmet.


Sundown cannot allow parents or non-school personnel to wait in the main office for after school pick up. Due to the large number of students and confidentiality issues, we must adhere to specific dismissal procedures. Students are not allowed to be walking through the main hallways or the office after school. All students must exit in a supervised line and leave through one of the exit gates. At least one teacher at each grade level will escort students to each dismissal point. Siblings in grades 1-6 will meet at their dismissal gate (NO EXCEPTIONS).

Kindergarten dismissal will be at 1:45pm. Please pick up kindergarten students and then proceed to designated areas for 1st-6th grade students. Kindergarten students from Mrs. McKenzie’s and Mrs. Larsen’s classes will be dismissed from the Kindergarten gate (blue gate). The other kindergarten classes will exit out the back doors of their classrooms facing 62nd St. West. Upper grade students who need to pick up a kindergarten sibling(s) in Mrs. McKenzie’s or Mrs. Larsen’s class exit campus through the gate near room 214 and walk down the front sidewalk of the school. Upper grade students picking up kindergarteners in other kindergarten classrooms should exit campus through the walker gate and proceed to the back doors of appropriate kindergarten classroom.

Due to our large number of students, we encourage students who are eligible to ride the bus to do so. We also highly recommend that students use the twirl gate exit and get picked up in the church parking lot.

Students who are not picked up by 2:10 pm may walk home or be taken to a supervised area. The school only provides after school supervision outside until 2:10 pm. Parents or guardians must park and come into the office to sign out students picked up late.


There is one drive in gate for the main parking lot and all cars are to enter the EAST GATE ONLY. When entering through the east gate, please pull into lane one or lane three to drop off or pick up. Lane two is for moving traffic only. REMEMBER THIS IS A DROP OFF/PICK UP AREA ONLY & LANE TWO IS ONLY FOR VEHICLES TO DRIVE THROUGH. Please pull all of the way forward to allow for the maximum number of cars to enter the parking lot. Drivers should drive very slowly when approaching the school and especially when driving into the parking lot. Also, stress with your child the importance of not dashing between vehicles. We need everyone to be extra careful. We need everyone’s cooperation to make our school safe. The curb painted red in front of the school is our Fire/Emergency Services lane. Do not park in the red zone, at any time. Vehicles left in the fire lane are subject to ticketing and towing. Vehicles stopped or parked illegally on or off campus (south side of J-8, in the parking lot entry/exit areas, double parked, parked in the cross walks, etc.) are also subject to ticketing and towing.