Safety First!

When you drop off or pick up your child at school, your child should enter and exit your vehicle on the school side of the street. If you park your car across the street to let your child out, your child must walk to the corner and cross the street at the crosswalk. Students should never cross streets in the middle of the block or between parked cars. Double parking is both illegal and endangers the lives of our children. Parents should not park in the bus loading zone, which allows cars to stop briefly in front of the school and drop off their child(ren). Do not get out of your car or you will be subject to a ticket by the San Diego Police for parking illegally. To protect the safety of all of our students please drive with caution and obey all Safety Patrol students and Franklin Staff. As a reminder, there is no supervision before 7:30 a.m. or after 2:20 p.m.

Student Drop Off Locations

Staff supervision of students begins at 7:30 a.m. For safety reasons, no students are to arrive to school before 7:30 a.m. except for those children who attend the PrimeTime Program.

  • Gate 1 (Meade Ave.)
  • Gate 3 (Copeland Ave.)
  • Front Doors (Copeland Ave.)

Please note: When field conditions are too wet, Gate 1 will be closed. On inclement (rainy) weather days, students will assemble in the lunch arbor or cafeteria between 7:30 a.m. When the bell rings at 7:45 a.m., students may proceed to their classrooms.

Arrival Procedures

Adults delivering children to school should drop students off no earlier than 7:30 a.m. Students are to go through the designated gate and head directly to the Franklin joint-use field for the morning Walking Program.

Following drop-off, parents should leave the campus.


Our award-winning Safety Patrol helps provide safe travel to and from school.


The San Diego Police Department requests that only students in grades four and above ride bicycles to school. Although the school has designated an area in the courtyard, just past the lunch arbor, 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 high-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 old 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. (12:15 p.m. on Wednesdays) and should leave campus immediately upon dismissal.

Student Pick Up

There are 3 designated areas for pick-up (see below):

  • UTK: Front Doors - Copeland Ave. (2:00 pm M, T, Th, F and 12:00 pm on W)
  • Grade K: Gate 2 -Copeland Ave. (2:10 pm M, T, Th, F and 12:15 on W)
  • Grades 1 and 2: Front Doors - Copeland Ave. (2:10 pm M, T, Th, F and 12:15 on W)
  • Grades 3, 4, and 5: Gate 1 - Meade Ave. (2:10 pm M, T, Th, F and 12:15 on W)

The front curb is painted green to indicate 15-minute stopping and white for 3-minute stopping. Signs are posted to assist you. Please ensure the safety of all students by not parking in these loading areas and/or asking your child(ren) to cross the street without a crossing guard present. 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 UTK-1: Students are dismissed at designated areas by their teacher upon seeing a responsible adult or older sibling. Older siblings that attend Franklin must come to the UTK/Kindergarten/1st Grade areas to meet up with younger siblings and will wait together until an authorized adult arrives.
Grades 2-5: Teachers walk all students to the designated areas All students must be picked up here whether they walk home with an older sibling or are picked up by an adult.
Prime Time Extended Day Program Students and Character Builders Extended Day Program Students: All PrimeTime and Character Builder students are dismissed from their classrooms and sent to the Auditorium for check in. UTK and Kindergarten students are picked up at their classrooms by PrimeTime and Character Builder staff members.

If you are more than 10 minutes late to pick up a student, your student will be walked to the office for pickup. You may be asked to provide identification and you will need to sign out your student. Please review the Visitors Policy page for additional information.

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