School Procedures

Arrival & Dismissal Procedures

In the Area

While in the School Zone area of our school, please be sure to adhere to the following safety protocols. Adhere to all traffic laws and reduced speed requirements. Be alert for children, parents, and crossing guards in various locations. Please be alert and void of distraction while in our parking lot, loop, and surrounding streets. Please be vigilant about watching the parking lot for parents and students walking. Please yield to our buses that are entering and exiting our campus to assist them in traveling safely with our students and maintaining the timeliness of their route deliveries.


Arrival Window for OPS Elementary Schools:  8:45 AM-9:00 AM 

Hodson is a hub of activity in the mornings and student safety is our top priority. Please assist us in making sure students arrive at school safely. If someone other than yourself is responsible for getting your child to school, please make sure they are aware of our procedures. Hodson Elementary does not open until 8:45 in the morning. Any student arriving before that time is not permitted inside the building and is therefore unsupervised. Please help us avoid any unsafe situation, such as this.  

Attendance, Tardiness & Late Arrivals

If your child is absent from school, call the attendance number 918-272-8160 to report the absence between 8:15 AM and 9:45 AM each day he/she is absent. Any student who is absent is considered unexcused until a parent calls the attendance office.  
We work hard to maintain a positive and welcoming school climate that both supports and encourages our students and the way we start our day together matters. Our tardy bell rings at 9:00 a.m. and students are considered tardy at that point as our morning classes commence. Students arriving late must check in at the main office to obtain a tardy pass for class. Parents must come inside with students arriving after 10:30 AM to check their child in on SchoolSAFEID. We actively monitor arrival and attendance trends and may reach out to you to assist in supporting your child’s regular or timely attendance. 

Bus Riders

Students are allowed to have a water bottle on the bus. No food is allowed. Parents are encouraged to look up their child’s bus route information in advance. Please contact the OPS Transportation Department at 918-272-2231 with any questions you may have.

Car Riders

Students who are brought to school by car will have two options for drop-off. Car riders and daycare van riders can be dropped off 1) at the front entrance of the school or 2) in the car/bus loop on the west side of the building. For safety reasons, please have your student(s) exit through the car door closest to the sidewalk. If you choose to park and walk your student(s) to the entrance they must be accompanied by an adult for safety reasons. Cars arriving before 8:45 a.m. may enter through either entrance and pull forward as far up as possible. Students are not permitted to exit the vehicle until there is a staff member on duty to greet them. Beginning at 8:45 a.m., personnel will be available to assist children both outside and inside.
Morning Pre-K car riders should be dropped off in the car/bus loop at the front of the building. There will be special Pre-K cones set up for you. After exiting your car, your Pre-K student(s) will be hand-delivered to a staff member at the front entry. Once there, they will be monitored, and then walk together to their classroom.

Walkers & Bike Riders

As a student safety precaution, we discourage walkers and bike riders in this area due to our busy street traffic and lack of crossing guards.

Parking Parents

Our parking lot is a busy place. Parents are encouraged to remain in their vehicles and use the drop-off loops. However, if there is a need for parents to park their vehicle in the parking lot, parents MUST escort their child to the sidewalk or front door. Please do not signal to your child it is safe for them to cross alone, an adult needs to accompany them. Students are not permitted to enter the school until 8:45. Additionally, we have a morning drop-off loop that is quite active, which adds morning traffic, so please be alert when crossing.

Student Arrival & Hodson Huddle

Students will report directly to their classroom or cafeteria if they are eating breakfast. Ram Rally will be conducted virtually across our school on Fridays, except for the last Friday of the month which will be held in person in the gym.


AM Pre-K Dismissal

AM Pre-K Dismissal is at 11:30 AM | Pick up students at the front entrance of the school. A staff member will bring your student to the car.

PM Pre-K Arrival

PM Pre-K Arrival Window is 1:05 - 1:15 PM | Drop off students at the front entrance of the school. A staff member will come to the car, collect each student, and walk them into the front foyer. The group will walk together to their classroom.


Afternoons at Hodson are quite busy and fast-paced. We recommend a consistent daily dismissal plan for your child. Daily changes cause confusion for children and create opportunities for error and misunderstandings. Should your family have a need arise that causes a change to your daily dismissal arrangements, please notify your child’s teacher and receive confirmation of your request. If you are unable to get confirmation from your child’s teacher, please notify the office. Notifications arriving at our office after 3:00 PM may be unable to be fulfilled properly.

Car Rider Line Dismissal

Afternoon car rider dismissal will begin at 3:45 p.m. and take place in the car/bus loop on the west side of the building. Each family at Hodson will receive two car tags for pickup. Please display this tag on the front windshield of your car so we can quickly call your student(s) to come to your vehicle. Anyone picking up in a car without an official tag will have to be verified by the office staff before the student(s) will be released. If you are a returning family to Hodson, please do not reuse old car tags, as we update them every year to indicate the current grade level. If you need additional car tags, please let the office staff know; we will print additional tags and send them
home as soon as possible. 
Please stay off cell phones and keep alert while in the line for the safety of our students and staff. For the safety of our students and staff children will be expected to enter on the passenger side of your vehicle and we ask parents to remain in their vehicles while we load students. Once prompted by personnel you may pull forward. 

Bus Riders

Students riding the bus home will report to the hallway outside of the office with their grade level and be seated in their appropriate bus line. Parents are encouraged to look up their child’s bus route information in advance. If you have any questions, contact the OPS Transportation Department at 918-272-2231.

Walkers & Bike Riders

As a student safety precaution, we discourage walkers and bike riders in this area due to our busy street traffic and lack of crossing guards.

We offer a parent walk-up option on the west side of the building at the north doors of the gym. Please have your child’s car tag to hand to the staff member and we will get your student to you as quickly as possible.

 Other Coming & Going Procedural Reminders

Animals at Arrival & Dismissal

While it is tempting to bring up beloved pets to see your child off for their day or to greet your child after school, please refrain from bringing your family pets to school. Arrival and dismissal of a school can be busy and overwhelming for animals. For the safety of our students, families, staff, and pets, please keep them at home. We thank you for your cooperation with this matter.

Breakfast Service

Breakfast service begins when the doors open at 8:45 and concludes at 9:00. 

Deliveries to Students

We discourage deliveries of any type to our office, unless in the case of an emergency. If you are curious about the extent of the need, you can contact our office and we are happy to assist you. 

Inclement Weather Pick-ups

We respect that at times during inclement weather you may choose to pick your child up early. However, we do ask that when picking up please be aware that when entering our office we may have young or worried ears nearby. Nothing concerns a student more than hearing fear or panic in the voice of an adult. We work diligently in our office to always remain weather-aware but also maintain a sense of calm and comfort for our students. We appreciate your support of our efforts in advance.

Parent Access to the Building

Parents are welcome to visit the school. We ask that all visitors enter through the front doors of the school. When visiting, volunteering, or attending an event all visitors are required to follow our kiosk check-in procedure.

Playground Etiquette for Parents/Guardians

While it can be tempting to want to stop and watch your child play out at recess, parents and stopped vehicles are not permitted outside of our playground areas. We practice a safe space for our students and if you linger near our fence you will be viewed as a stranger and could cause unnecessary alarm as our teachers and staff notify the administrators and School Resource Officers should someone linger nearby. Please help us stay free from distraction and our students free from concern. We greatly appreciate the partnership of our parents. Thank you for your support of these procedures.

Student Birthdays

Student Birthdays are recognized within your child’s classroom, but birthday parties are not permitted. This includes bringing snacks, candy, gifts for a celebration, or party invitations for distribution.

Specialty Items

Delivery of specialty items such as candy bouquets, balloons, cupcakes, flowers, etc., is not permitted.

 Student Meals

Delivery of student meals is discouraged. Should your child forget their lunch, we will make sure they still eat. If your family qualifies or you are curious as to whether your child would qualify for Free/Reduced Meals, complete information to help you determine your status can be found here.

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