Arrival and Departure Times


Staff supervision of students begins at 7:30 a.m. For safety reasons, no students are to arrive at school before 7:30 a.m.

Student Drop Off

Adults delivering children to school should drop them off at the front of the school. Absolutely no Staff Parking Lot drop off or pick up.


Parents may drop off students at their classrooms for the first two weeks of school then after the first two weeks, until bell rings at 7:45.

Grades 1-5

All students are to go directly to the cafeteria area for breakfast, or to the blacktop. Students are not to go to their classrooms for any reason. Supervision is provided in the cafeteria area, the blacktop area, and various high traffic points on campus.

Late Arrivals

For safety reasons and minimum instruction interruption, Foster is a 'Closed Campus'. Once the gate has closed, students arriving late may not be escorted by parent or guardian to class. Under special situations and time permitting, staff or fellow schoolmate may assist students to class. Special Ed students will be met at the office unless the class is unable to send someone, in that case only the teacher may request the parent bring the student to class. A pass is required from the office to go to class. Teachers will send late students back to the office if they show up to class without a pass.


The San Diego Police Department requests that only students in grades four and above ride bicycles to school. Although the school has a designated area in the parking lot near cafeteria for students to park bicycles, the San Diego Unified School District is not responsible for theft, damage, or loss of use to any bicycle, equipment or article left in or around this area. All such risk is assumed by the student.

All bicycles should have locks and licenses. Students are urged to secure their bicycles in an appropriate manner by using a quality lock and chain or other devices.

Helmets are required by California law. Students not wearing helmets may lose the privilege of parking a bike on school grounds. As defined in Vehicle Code Section 21212, any person under 18 years of age must wear a properly fitted and fastened helmet when riding a bicycle, scooter, skateboard, or when wearing in-line or roller skates. Helmets must also meet the standards of either the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) or the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).


Students are dismissed promptly at 2:10 p.m. (12:05 p.m. on Wednesdays) and should leave campus immediately upon dismissal. Students who ride the bus to and from school will leave shortly after dismissal. Make certain your child is picked up promptly everyday. Staff and supervision is at a minimal after dismissal.

Student Pick Up

Please meet your child at the front of the school. The front curb is painted white for 3 minute stopping. Signs are posted to assist you. Unauthorized cars are not to enter the staff parking lots at any time. Please ensure the safety of all students by not parking in the bus loading area and/or asking your child(ren) to cross the street without the assistance of an adult. The school's main concern is for the health and safety of your children.

Specific dismissal procedures vary by grade level, as indicated below:

Grades TK/K, 1, and 2

Students are dismissed from the Kinder gates (GATE A) on the grassy area.

Grades 3, 4, and 5

Students are dismissed from the front entrance/exit (GATE B) of the school.

PrimeTime Extended Day Program Students

All PrimeTime and licensed day care program students are dismissed from their classrooms and sent to lunch area for check in. Kindergarten students are picked up at their classrooms by a PrimeTime staff member. PrimeTime parent drop off and pick up students at GATE C. 

Bus Students

The buses now have a bus loading zone area on the street and cars may not stop or park there at any time.

If you are more than 10 minutes late to pick up a student, please go to the front office. You may be asked to provide identification. Please review the Visitors Policy page for additional information.

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