Getting To & From School

Kiss and ride guidelines, dismissal procedures, safety patrols and more


Doors will open at 8:35 a.m., after the first bell. At this time, students are permitted to go to their classroom or the cafeteria for breakfast. To keep our students safe, they may not arrive at school prior to 8:35 a.m. All students should be seated in their classrooms by the second bell at 8:50 a.m. Students are considered tardy if they arrive after 8:50 a.m. and are required to go directly to the office to receive an “Office Pass.”  Parents are required to walk their child(ren) in to the office if it is after 8:50 a.m.   

ABSENCES AND TARDIES: If your child is going to be absent or late, contact the school office by phone at (703) 242-6161.  If the parent/guardian does not notify the school of the child’s illness, the absence will be unexcused.  FCPS will call you  regarding your child’s absence.  You may also email absence and/or tardy information to the email  address on the school website.

· Excused Absence and Tardy- Illness of the student, death in the family, doctor or dentist appointment, and observance of a religious holiday.

· Unexcused Absence and Tardy- Family trip, childcare  situation, oversleeping, non-school-related activity, traffic, or missed bus.


Child going home a different way

Please, please, please do everything you can to remember to send in a note with your child in the morning indicating the change.  If this is not possible, a parent/guardian MUST notify the school office prior to noon on that day. 

Child going home with another student

BOTH children MUST present a note from a parent indicating this change.

Child being picked up by a friend or relative

We must have a signed note from the parent indicating the full name of the friend or relative. Please add this friend or relative to the list of people permitted to pick up your child’s Emergency Care Card. 

*All notes must include your child’s first name, last name, and the name of your child’s teacher.


Parents/Guardians who need to occasionally pick up children early from school must do so prior to 3:15 p.m. We will not be able to call into classrooms between 3:15 and 3:30 p.m for early dismissal. Exceptions will only be made for medical emergencies. Parents who are picking their children up early from school must come to the office and sign your child out. The office staff will call down to the classroom to have your child dismissed. Flint Hill will not allow a student to walk home alone during the school day, nor will we release your child to anyone other than a parent or guardian without written request signed by the enrolling parent or guardian. 


kiss and ride
Please refer to this map for the Kiss & Ride path.  We kindly ask that drivers do not make a left hand turn when leaving the school, as this will cause delays in traffic. As a reminder the SACC parking lot is closed from 8:30 a.m- 8:50 a.m and again from 3:25 p.m- until bus dismissal. 


Parents are welcome to visit FHES at anytime.  All parents and visitors must present a photo ID when signing in at the front office and obtain a badge. This badge must be worn at all times on school property.