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Principal's Message


Dear Garfield Elementary School Community,


It is with great joy and enthusiasm that I welcome you to our 2022-2023 school year at Garfield Elementary School.  This year marks my 18th year serving the community of Bell Gardens.  As we work together, I am confident we will continue to provide our student with experiences that will prepare them for the next academic school year and prepare them to be productive citizens in our community.


The first day of school will be on Monday, August 15, 2022 and it will be a regular day schedule.  School will begin at 8:15 a.m. and dismissal is at 2:30 p.m.  Every Wednesday, all students are on a minimum day schedule and are dismissed at 1:20 p.m.  We will have 2 entrances to our school:

Main Entrance – Garfield Ave

Toler Gate


Please take note of the fact that early breakfast will be served at Garfield Elementary School.  As we piloted during our Summer School, we will continue to provide early breakfast from 7:40 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.  There will be no 2nd chance breakfast during recess.  Rather, students will spend their entire recess playing, using the restroom or filling up their water bottles.  Our lunch schedule will remain the same: TK/ K: 11:00 a.m. – 11:40 a.m., 1st Grade: 11:30 a.m. – 12:10 p.m., 2nd/ 3rd Grade: 11:50 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and 4th/ 5th Grade: 12:30 p.m. – 1:10 p.m.


Kinder students will enter the school campus through the cafeteria each morning.  They will be dismissed through the Kinder Playground.  We look forward to seeing TK/ Kinder families on Friday, August 12, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. for our TK/ Kinder Orientation.


As of August 5th 2022, Montebello Unified is no longer requiring the Daily Wellness Check.  Just the same, please be sure to monitor your child’s well-being.  If he/ she has any COVID like symptoms, keep them home and call the school for advice.  In addition, masks will not be required to be worn indoors or outdoors, but their usage will be highly recommended.  Please encourage your children to continue practicing COVID safety protocols such as frequent hand washing and using the hand sanitizers found in each classroom.


Parents we encourage you to get involved by attending our parent advisory committees and taking an active role in your child’s education.  Please don’t hesitate to let us know if we can be an any assistance.



Mr. David Hernandez, Principal