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Tips for Families


  • Class line up happens before 8:30 so arrive by 8:25AM to get to school on time.
  • Dismissal is at 2:45PM every day except for Wednesdays when the kids get out at 1:15PM

AM Drop off

8:00am - 8:30am (Small & Big Yards open w/supervision)

  • SpEd students dropped off by parent/guardian or by bus - enter through the gate at front of Emerson on Lawton Ave.
  • TK, Kinder, 1st grade students - enter at lower Shafter Ave. at “Cheetah gate” (painted cheetah on concrete) to small yard
  • 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students - enter upper Shafter Ave. through the single door gate (at 48th St.) to big yard

*Parents/guardians may wait outside of gate, not on yard at this time


Line up begins at 8:25am, there is plenty of space around the school for parking if you arrive early, so please park legally and make your way to your student's entrance gate to avoid blocking traffic or being late! Don't ever block the driveways of our neighbors, we want them to like us!

Do not double park when dropping off, it's not safe for our kids!


We have bike racks at lower Shafter Ave and Lawton Ave entrances as well as inside the school by the kindergarten playground.

PM Pick Up

2:45pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and 1:15pm Wednesday

  • TK and Kindergarten students - upper Shafter Ave. at the building double doors (at 48th St.)
  • 1st and 2nd grade students - dismissed through lower Shafter Ave. at “Cheetah gate”
  • 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students - dismissed through gate on 45th St.

*Parents/guardians may wait outside of gate, not on yard at this time.

*NOTE: students not picked up by scheduled time can be collected at the Main Office

*Students will only be released to designated parent/guardian on file or their pre-arranged after school program (staff will collect students from their classrooms)

Emerson Attendance Policy

  • All students will line up with their teachers outside at 8:28am, when the bell rings.
  • Teachers walk their classes inside, at 8:30am.
  • Teachers take attendance within the first 15 minutes of class.
  • Students that arrive after 8:30am, check-in first at the main office (Lawton Ave. entrance)
  • Students will then be marked present and tardy.
  • Students will receive a tardy pass from the main office, and go to class.

What to send with your child

  • Lunch box or bag (labeled with name) containing lunch and beverage OR tell your child they'll be eating the cafeteria lunch. Lunch is available for free to all students.
  • A backpack big enough to hold a 9x12 folder and their lunch.


Breakfast is free to all children and served in the classroom at the beginning of each day.


You can find out what's for lunch on the OUSD website, though specific offerings may vary. 

Note: Deliveries from outside sources such as UberEats, DoorDash etc.,  even if ordered by a parent.

After-School Programs

There are several options for after school programs available to Emerson students.

More information