Safety Plan and Procedures

Drop Off and Pick Up Procedures



The safety of our Mattos community is our top priority. In order to ensure the safety of all students, families, and community members, please follow these guidelines:

  • When entering and exiting campus, use the sidewalk and crosswalks when crossing city streets, driveways, and in the staff parking lot by the office. 
  • Parking or stopping in red zones is illegal and unsafe.
  • Students should get in and out of the car in the drive through loop for pick up and drop off.  The only loop to be used is the loop in front of the Mattos office.
  • Follow directions from all Mattos Staff and Student Safety Patrol.
  • Set the example for all children by following all safety guidelines.


  • Playground and play structure are open before class begins at 8:13 a.m.
  • Students can arrive between 8:13 a.m. - 8:25 a.m. Students have teacher supervision on the playground/blacktop beginning at 8:13 a.m. 
  • On rainy days, students should arrive no earlier than 8:13 a.m. and will be directed to the Multi-Purpose Room (MUR). Please follow directions from school staff and walk safely.

Pick Up

Students must be picked up and leave campus promptly at the end of their school day.


  • Students should meet their families in the front of the school. Kindergarten families should check with the classroom teacher for pick up procedures.
  • Students not picked up within 15 minutes of their dismissal will be directed to the school office so that an adult can be contacted to pick them up. The adult picking up must be 18 years or older, show their photo ID, and must be listed as an emergency contact.
  • The playground and blacktop are closed to the public after school until after 4:00 p.m. Mattos campus, including the playground and black top, is only open to students enrolled in after school programs during this time.

Drop off and Pick Up By Vehicle

We encourage families to walk or roll to school whenever possible. If arriving or departing by car, please remember:

  • Students must meet their driver in the drive through loop by the office. Students may not be picked up in a running vehicle from the streets around the school, as this is unsafe.
  • The bus loop and staff parking lot are not to be used for student drop off or pick up.
  • Parents are required to follow all traffic laws and driving rules from Mattos Staff and Student Safety Patrol.
  • Please keep with the flow of traffic in the drive through loop. Students should only enter and exit their vehicles in the white curb loading zone.
  • Cars left unattended or parked in the drive through loop are subject to traffic laws and may be towed at the owner’s expense.
    • When exiting the drive through  loop drivers must STOP at the STOP SIGN and make a right hand turn onto Farwell only.
    • Seatbelts, car seats, or booster seats must be ready for student use.

    School Bus Zone

    FUSD buses and FUSD approved drivers may drop off and pick up students at the bus zone several times daily. Please follow all laws and keep the bus lane free from all private vehicles. All school rules apply when on the school bus.

    Walking and Rolling to School

    Mattos Elementary participates in the Alameda County Safe Routes to Schools Program: a comprehensive, proven approach aimed at getting more kids walking, biking and carpooling safely to school. It gives kids and parents skills, encouragement, and inspiration through a range of activities, events, and lessons, while also addressing local pedestrian and personal safety concerns. Studies show that active kids do better in school. For more information see  

    When walking or rolling to school:

    • Always use the crosswalks to cross city streets, driveways, and in the Mattos parking lot near the office.
    • Bikes, skateboards, and scooters may not be ridden on campus. They should be walked to the bike racks near the courtyard.
    • All students rolling to school must follow California state law by wearing a helmet.
    • Bikes and scooters should be locked up at the bike racks during the school day. 
    • Please label bikes, scooters, skateboards, and helmets with student names.