General Information

What are the school hours?

School Starts: 8:22 a.m.
Recess: 10:00- 10:15 a.m.
Lunch: 11:30 – 12:15 a.m.
Dismissal: 1:30 p.m.

1st – 2nd Grade
School Starts: 8:22 a.m.
Recess: 10:00 – 10:15 a.m.
Lunch 11:05 – 11:50 a.m.
Dismissal: 2:23 p.m.

3rd Grade
School Starts: 8:22 a.m.
Recess: 9:45 – 10:00 a.m.
Lunch: 11:45 – 12:30 p.m.
Dismissal: 2:23 p.m.

4th – 5th Grade
School Starts: 8:22 a.m.
Recess: 9:45 – 10:00 a.m.
Lunch: 11:45 – 12:30 p.m.
Dismissal: 2:43 p.m.

6th Grade
School Starts: 8:22 a.m.
Recess: 10:20 – 10:35 a.m.
Lunch: 12:25 – 1:10 p.m.
Dismissal: 2:43 p.m.

7th – 8th Grade
School Starts: 8:22 a.m.
Recess: 10:20 – 10:35 a.m.
Lunch: 12:25 – 1:10 p.m.
Dismissal: 2:43 p.m.

What time should students arrive?

Students not enrolled in early morning EduCare must not be dropped off before 7:30 a.m. Students not enrolled in the after-school EduCare program must be picked up 15 minutes after dismissal time.

Afternoon Release of Students and Late Fee Charges

It is the responsibility of all parents to pick children up in a timely manner at the end of the school day. We understand that you are occasionally delayed in your afternoon arrival but we cannot house children beyond the academic day unless they are paying EduCare fees. We allow a 15-minute window of time following the end of the school day for all students not in our EduCare program to be picked up. At the end of the 20-minute period, all students remaining at the gate will be escorted to the office where our office staff will assist them in signing into EduCare for the day as a drop-in. They will then be sent into the EduCare program where we will care for them until your arrival. Upon your arrival you will be asked to pay a $15 drop-in fee. Please make certain that the party responsible for picking your child up each day does so in a timely manner. Please make all pick-up arrangements before your child comes to school so that he or she knows who is going to be picking them up that day.

Parents Asked to say Good-bye at the Classroom Door on Day One

In order to begin the process of teacher-student bonding as soon as possible, all parents are asked not to enter your child’s classroom after the bell on the first day of school. Teachers annually request that parents remain outside of the classroom as the first day begins so that they may quickly acclimate your child to their classroom and leadership. Parents are encouraged to say their good-byes at the door and then join fellow parents, PTA members, and Mrs. Barthelmes for their own meeting in the cafeteria (see below).

PTA Sponsors First Day of School Reception for All Parents

We know that parents as well as children experience both the excitement and the butterflies that come with the opening of every school year. All parents are invited to join the PTA and the Principal for a coffee and donut reception in the cafeteria on Monday morning on the first day of school.

You will be given the opportunity to greet old friends, make new ones, and learn about the positive new things happening at Downtown Elementary School.

Registration for EduCare

In an effort to make the first day of school process a smooth and quick one, we have established a pre-registration opportunity for our EduCare program. The registration process involves completing the registration form, collecting your payment coupon book, and paying your EduCare deposit and your first month’s fee.

EduCare Payments Have Strict Deadlines

EduCare payments are due on the first on every month and considered late when not paid in full by the 5th.

Students with outstanding EduCare debt on the 10th of the month will be sent home directly following the school day on the 11th and will not be allowed to return to the EduCare  program until the debt is cleared. Two months of late payments may result in permanent dismissal from EduCare. Kindergarten students who are unable to meet their EduCare commitment of 3 months may have permits revoked and be removed from the Downtown School program. Please review your school policy book for more information.

Important Information Regarding Yellow Emergency Card

On the first day of school, your child will bring home a number of publications that require your immediate attention. Among these documents will be a Student Information Card (usually referred to as the yellow Emergency Contact Card). This is our only source of information in case of an emergency. Please include accurate and detailed information. Cell phone numbers are extremely important to us. In the event you should move or change places of employment, please notify the school immediately with new contact information. There is nothing so disheartening as telling a sick or injured child that we are unable to reach a parent for help.

Parking Issues

Please note that you will not be allowed to park directly in front of the school on M Street while school is in session. If you prefer, you can walk your child to the gates or onto the campus, you are asked to use the available parking along 20th and 21st Streets or on the east side of M Street. Also, note that double parking is not only illegal, but is unsafe as well. Simply don’t do it! Thanks.

PTA Room “Parents” Needed in Every Class

Have you thought about helping in your child’s class, but didn’t know what to do? Would you like to help with the fundraisers, but aren’t sure who to talk to? This year the PTA will be promoting the room parent concept. Traditionally known as room moms (we know that dads, grandparents, and others like to pitch in too!), these people help arrange classrooms activities, parties, contact other volunteers, and do a variety of backstage activities that help your child’s class run smoothly.

Cafeteria Payments

Our Cafeteria staff will be available so that families may make their first food service payment. Prices vary depending on your needs. Please see the cafeteria staff for more information.

School Site Council

The School site council (SSC) is a committee made up of staff members and parents who wish to have direct input into how our Specially Funded monies are spent. Our Specially Funded monies are designed to support the instruction of our academically challenged students as well as provide additional support for school-wide programs.

This committee meets routinely. It is the responsibility of all elected members to attend meetings regularly. An elected member must resign if they miss more than 3 consecutive meetings or 5 meetings in a given year.

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Downtown Elementary School

Downtown Elementary
2021 M Street
Bakersfield, CA 93301
Phone (661) 631-5920
Fax (661) 321-0034

Noreen Barthelmes
Nondiscrimination Policy

Bakersfield City School District programs, activities, and practices shall be free from unlawful discrimination, including discriminatory harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on actual or perceived characteristics of race or ethnicity, color, ancestry, nationality, national origin, ethnic group identifications, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, or genetic information or any other characteristic identified in Education Code 200 or 220, Penal code 422.55, or Government Code 11135, or based on association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. If you believe you have been subjected to discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying, you should immediately contact the school site principal and/or the District’s Human Resource Administrator, at 661-631-4663, or at 1300 Baker Street, Bakersfield, California 93305. A copy of BCSD’s Uniform Complaint Procedures and Non-Discrimination policies are available by clicking here and/or upon request.