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Principal's Message

Dear Garfield Elementary School Parents,


It was great seeing so many of you here for Back to School Night.  Thank you for coming.  We had an incredible turn out.  Quite a few of you expressed concerns regarding the drop off and pick up of your students at Garfield.  I appreciate your concern and your patience as we work towards creating a smoother and safer experience.  Please remember that in the morning we would like for you to stay in your vehicle as you use the curbside drop off.  Some of our parents would rather walk their children to the cafeteria, and as long as you park in the parking lot, that is perfectly fine.  Again, I have to reiterate that parents should stay in their cars for curbside drop off.


When picking up your students at the end of the day, please do not double park as this can be very dangerous.  In addition, you can be cited by the Bell Gardens Police Department.  Please stay between the cones and the curb when picking up your students.  Do not exit your vehicles; staff will assist locating your students.  We encourage students to keep their eyes open to locate their rides.  Curbside pick-up is recommended for grades 1-5 as TK and Kindergarten are released 10 minutes earlier.


Thank you in advance for your cooperation. It’s always a pleasure working with you.  Student safety is shared responsibility that we can accomplish together.



Mr. David Hernandez, Principal