School Days

Getting Started

Arrival time for students at Hearst is at 7:30 a.m. This is when supervision begins on the blacktop and breakfast is served. For their safety, please do not let children come to school earlier. The morning run/walk program also begins at this time.

Children in all grades line up in their designated class area on the blacktop when the first bell rings at 7:40 a.m. Students should be IN their classroom when the second bell rings at 7:50 a.m.

Please have students at school on time for the start of the day. Tardy students disrupt the classroom and the students miss important instruction.

If your child is late, they must go to the office to obtain a tardy slip before going to class. If your child will be absent, please call the office before 9 a.m. at (619) 860.5400. School office hours are 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Independent Study Contract

Anytime a student will be out 5 or more "school days", their parent should request a contract from the attendance clerk in our office. Both parent and student will sign it and turn it into the office for us to mark the attendance code. Next we print the students attendance for the principal to check (and sign off on) and forward it, lastly, to their teacher to sign off on it and get their work packet ready. The student picks up their work/homework CONTRACT package on the last day they'll be in class before their vacation. The student then turns in ALL the work and logs they've completed to the teacher upon their return. This request may be processed as early as you have the information, but in no circumstances, less than 1 week before the scheduled absence. This allows the teacher appropriate time to put together the work packet.

School Hours at Hearst

  • M/T/Th/F: 7:50 a.m. - 2:15 p.m.
  • Wednesdays: 7:50 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
    • Lunch for students is 11:30 - 12:15 - school is dismissed after lunch

Daily Schedule

  • 7:30 a.m.: Students arrive at school.
    • Students having breakfast can proceed to cafeteria, while others can participate in our Running Club program or line up in their class area on the blacktop. Please note rainy day schedule: all students must go directly to their classroom and wait for instruction to begin once allowed in at 7:30 a.m.
  • 7:40 a.m.: First bell, students line up on the blacktop
  • 7:50 a.m.: Classroom instruction begins
  • Please do not allow children to arrive before 7:30 a.m. There is NO supervision at the school until then except for our paid Champions before school program.

Morning Recess

  • Grades 1 - 5: 10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
  • Kinder/TK: 9:45 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Lunch and Lunch Recess

  • TK/Kindergarten: 11:30 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.; 11:20 on Wednesdays
    • (11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. on rainy day)
  • 1st, 2nd grade: 12:00 p.m. - 12:40 p.m.; 11:30 for 1st on Wednesdays, 11:45 for 2nd on Wednesdays
    • (12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. on rainy day)
  • 3rd, 4th & 5th grade: 12:20 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.; 11:45 for 3rd grade on Wednesdays, 12 p.m. for 4th and 5th grades on Wednesdays
    • (12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. on rainy day)

Students may bring a lunch or purchase one in the cafeteria. Lunches and milk may be paid for singularly or prepaid in quantity in the cafeteria before school. To conveniently replenish your child's account online, access the PayPAMs website and register. No child will be denied lunch due to lack of funds in their account. For more information, visit the breakfast and lunch page at

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