School Day

  • Before School

    Kennedy's school day is 8:30 a.m. - 3:20 p.m. Supervision of elementary students begins at 7:45 a.m. Students arriving before the school day begins will report to their assigned stations until their classroom teachers pick them up at 8:30 a.m.
    Students arriving after 8:30 a.m. are checked into the office as tardy. Please be sure your child(ren) arrive on time.

    Parent Drop-Off and Pick up Locations  

    South Parking Lot

    To improve the safety and time to drop off children in the south parking lot, parents are asked to follow a designated route using the drop off lanes.  Parents should pull as far forward as far as possible before stopping to drop off children. Children can enter both the SW and SE entrance and walk to the breakfast area in the big gym. After drop off, please drive around staff parking lot and exit. All exits from the parking lot to SW 7th street are right turn only during drop off and pick up times.  This is done to relieve congestion and help ensure student safety.

    Our school day ends at 3:20—at this time teachers will walk your child to your agreed upon location (parent pick up or bus). 8th Street is used for bus drop off and pick ups only. No parent drop-offs are allowed in this area!

    Crossing Guards

    Crossing guards are located at the following key locations:

    • South parking lot crosswalks
    • 7th and Rice Avenue
    • 7th and Kandiyohi Avenue
    • 8th and Kandiyohi Avenue


    Cardinal Place is available for those children needing to be dropped off at school earlier than 7:45 a.m. They are open from 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. To register call the Cardinal Place Coordinator (WCER) at 320-231-8490.

    During School

    If a child needs to be picked up during the school day, parents must do the following:
    1. Bring picture ID and sign in at the office.
    2. If visiting the school, visitor’s must receive a visitor’s badge.
    3. The secretary must verify if person is listed on the student’s verification form when picking up a student before leaving school.

    After School

    Due to the large number of students exiting the building, we are asking parents to wait in the lower lobby of the main entrance for your child(ren) and make your way out of the building as soon as possible to allow the next groups of students to make their way to the bus lines. If you need to go to the classroom to pick up your child for a specific reason, please sign in and receive a visitor’s badge before going to the classroom.