Coming & Going


    We have a soft-start. Students are welcome to come into the school via the 89th or 90th Street doors, and can go directly to their classrooms between 8:00 and 8:15. No playground supervision is offered before or after school. Children should never be left unattended. 
    The first bell rings at 8:15. All students are expected to be in their seats, ready to learn at 8:20. Any student arriving after 8:20 must enter the main doors on 89th Street near the flagpole. Any adult entering the school must enter the 89th Street main entrance and be scanned in before entering the school for any reason. 
    School meets M, T, Th, F 8:20-3:20 and W 8:20-2:20. Junior Kindergarten a.m. is 8:20-10:55, p.m. is M, T, Th, F 12:30-3:20, W 12:30-2:20



     hug and go  


    McKinley Elementary School would like your support in addressing the safety problems and traffic congestion around the school. To increase the safety of our students please follow these guidelines when dropping off or picking up students:

    The cut-out areas along 89th street and 90th street are a “Hug & Go” zone.   They are for ACTIVE loading and unloading ONLY.
    Using the “Hug and Go”

    Drivers must remain in their vehicle at all times.

    • Drive clockwise around the school during drop-off (8-8:20 a.m.) and pick-up times (3-3:30 p.m. except for Wednesday 2-2:30 p.m.).
    • Please avoid parking on streets adjacent to school.  See map for “preferred” parking locations.
    • Always yield to children and adults in the crosswalk.
    • Please do not walk your child across the street into oncoming traffic. We ask that you use the designated crosswalks!
    • Please, no cell phone use or texting in school zones!
    • Be kind and respectful to other students, other drivers, and our neighbors.



    All doors are locked for security reasons. Please use the main doors on 89 th Street to enter the building, and stop at the school office to let us know you are here. Please do not coax students or staff to let you in other doors. They are instructed not to open doors for strangers. Adults picking up children from Right at School after school must use the 89th Street entrance.

    Assignments for Absentees

    For any absence, it is suggested that parents/guardians call the office to request that assignments be collected for pickup after school or sent home with another sibling/student. This request should be made by noon if assignments are needed at the end of the day to allow for teachers to prepare lessons and activities that have been missed. Remember, invaluable instruction time - that cannot be recreated by make-up assignments - is missed by your child when they are not at school The school office is open until 4 p.m.


    A school crossing guard is on duty at Swan Boulevard/Meineke and at North Avenue/90 th Street for very limited amounts of time, usually about 15 minutes before and after school. Children should not enter the street until the crossing guard has stopped all traffic and has given permission to cross. The crossing guard company is hired by the City of Wauwatosa, not the school district. Please call Wauwatosa City Hall, 479-8915, if you have questions or concerns about crossing guard services. Crossing Guard schedules may change on a yearly basis. If your child walks to school, please check for any changes.



    If a student needs to leave during school hours the caregiver must notify the attendance line 773-1502. It is recommended that an email is also sent to the classroom teacher.  Please let us know what time the child will be picked up, who will be picking up, and the reason for the early departure. The office will not release students to non-custodial caregivers or other adults unless the custodial parent or guardian has directed us to do so. If an unfamiliar person comes to pick up a student and the office has not been notified, we will call the parent/guardian to clarify the matter.


    All items presumed to be lost or misplaced by students will be placed in the lost and found bin which is located in the hallway near the cafeteria. Caregivers are welcome to search through the bin during school hours. The Lost and Found Manager will attempt to periodically go through the bins to look for labeled items which will then be placed in the student's mailbox to be returned to its owner. A reminder will be in the PTO newsletter prior to all these times. After concerts, conferences, and end of the year, the remaining items will be collected, laundered, and donated to a local social service agency. The school assumes no responsibility for lost items.