Back to School 2023-24

Welcome to Turtleback Elementary School!

We are looking forward to the 2023-24 school year! We invite you to visit our new school website to learn about upcoming information.


Bell Schedule:


Supervision at the Flagpole

7:15 AM

Breakfast opens

7:20 AM

Front Gate Opens

7:30 AM

Line Up Bell

7:40 AM

School Begins

7:45 AM

TK Dismissal

11:45 AM

K Dismissal 8/16 - 9/22

11:45 AM

K Dismissal starting 9/25

1:35 PM

1st - 5th Dismissal

1:45 PM

**First Bell rings at 7:40 a.m. – Students should be in their class line at that time**

TK Schedule:  

M-F, 7:45 a.m. – 11:35 a.m.

Kindergarten Schedule:  

Kindergarten Introduction Days: August 16, 2023 - September 22, 2023

7:45 a.m. –11:45 a.m. 

Beginning September 25th:  M-F, 7:45 a.m. –1:35 p.m. 

Grades 1-5 Schedule:

 M - F, 7:45 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.


Before School Supervision:

Supervision at the Flagpole area starts at 7:15 a.m. The gates will be open to students in the morning beginning at 7:30 a.m.   No supervision will be provided before 7:15 a.m. so students should not arrive at school before this time. Once students arrive, they may not leave unless a parent or other authorized person comes to the office to sign them out. To ensure the safety of our children, you will be required to show identification when you pick up your child.

School Breakfast/ Lunch:

PUSD provides breakfast and lunch to all students free of charge pursuant to the California Universal Meals Program.  Free meals are available to all families, regardless of their free or reduced-price meal eligibility status. Breakfast service will begin at 7:20 a.m. and end at 7:40 a.m. Students will report directly to the playground after eating breakfast. Students not eating breakfast need to arrive when the playground opens at 7:30 a.m.

Meal program details are provided on the Food and Nutrition Department website at  Families are still encouraged to submit a school meal application for free and reduced-priced meal benefits because this information may be used for other programs such as Federal and State funding for your school, reduced registration fees for academic tests, free or discounted fees for bus passes, ESS childcare, and athletic programs, discounted rates for internet service and many more!  The application can be found online at . Applications must be submitted on an annual basis.  

Medication at School

If your child is on medication, a “Physician’s Recommendation for Medication” is required. Please print off a copy of the form located below and have it completed by the physician, we will be collecting completed forms and medication once school begins in August. No medication may be given at school without this form. An adult must bring the medication to the school office, in the original container medication is dispensed. Children may never have medication in their possession at school. This includes aspirin, inhalers, cough drops, etc.

Authorization for Medication Administration 

Allergy and Anaphylaxis Emergency Plan


Parking Lot Drop Off & Pick Up:

When dropping off and picking up students in the parking circle please drive all the way around the outer edge of the circle then pull all the way forward to drop off/pick up your child at the curb. Do not let your child out of the car until you are stopped at the edge of the curb. Never leave your car unattended in the loading zone. 


Extended Student Services (ESS):

Turtleback provides an ESS program, which is a fee-based before and after school childcare program. 

A student's enrollment at an elementary school does not guarantee them ESS enrollment.  All students wishing to participate in ESS must be registered through the PUSD ESS department. Please access the Turtleback ESS Website for enrollment instructions and fees.