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Embracing Diversity

Tussing Elementary is located at the northwest border of Pickerington School's boundary lines. The school serves approximately 550 students ranging from kindergarten through fourth-grade. Additionally, Tussing Elementary houses one of the special needs pre-school program. Tussing proudly provides a diverse environment by serving students from over 20 different countries.

Tussing Elementary's Office and Clinic Staff

Matt Dansby
Matt Dansby
Principal
614.834.2600
Annette White
Annette White
School Counselor
614.834.2600
Jill Mattingly
Jill Mattingly
School Nurse
614.834.2600
Christina DiNapoli
Christina DiNapoli
Health Care Assistant
TE 614.834.2600 / VE 614.548.1500

Important Information

Phone Numbers

Tussing Elementary Main Office: 614.834.2600

Tussing Elementary Attendance Line: 614.834.2601

District Office: 614.833.2110

Food Services: 614.833.3645

MyPaymentsPlus (lunch account): 1-866-771-7341 or online

Parent Help Line: 1-877-237-0946

Petermann Transportation (school bus): 614.837.8525

Preschool: 614.834.2620

Treasurer’s Office (school fees): 614.833.2112

Welcome Center (enrollment): 614.920.6180

School Hours

Elementary Daily Schedule

Grades 1-4  9:15 a.m. – 4:05 p.m.

AM Kindergarten  9:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

PM Kindergarten  1:05 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

 

Preschool Daily Schedule

AM Preschool  8:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

PM Preschool 11:45 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Elementary Delayed Start

Grades 1-4  11:15 a.m. – 4:05 p.m.

AM Kindergarten  11:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.

PM Kindergarten  2:00 p.m. – 4:05 p.m.

 

Preschool Delayed Start

AM Preschool  10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

PM Preschool 12:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Arrival Procedures

Tussing Elementary’s morning drop-off begins at 9:00 am.

Those students being dropped off by family, please stay in your vehicles and circle around the back loop of the school.  *Please be mindful of staff members assisting and directing traffic.  

Students may enter the building at 9:00 am.

At this time, visitors are not permitted to enter the building.

Students have the option to eat breakfast in their classroom.

Teachers take attendance at 9:15 am.

In the afternoon, PM kindergarten students may arrive at 1:00 p.m.  The kindergarten teachers greet the students at the main doors at 1:00 p.m. and will take attendance promptly at 1:05 p.m.

Please note, supervision is not provided until 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

If students are tardy, after 9:15 a.m. or 1:05 p.m, please escort the children to the main doors.

Dismissal Procedures

Tussing Elementary’s afternoon pick-up begins at 4:00 pm.

If you need to change the way your student will be dismissed at the end of the day, please send in a note to your child’s teacher. However, if it is a last-minute emergency, please call the office at 614.834.2600.

For questions regarding the school bus, please call Petermann Transportation at 614.837.8525.

It is our goal to provide a system that ensures a safe and efficient dismissal for the children. The following guidelines are used at Tussing Elementary for students who are picked up on a regular basis.

Parent Pick-Up Guidelines

Same as the morning drop-off, students being picked up by family, please stay in your vehicles and circle around the back loop of the school.  *Please be mindful of staff members assisting and directing traffic.  

Each child will receive two (2) permanent pick-up cards:

  • Use one card for routine pick-up to allow for release (i.e. babysitter, parent, grandparent, etc.)
  • The second card can be given to anyone else who may pick up your child or keep it in a safe place in case you misplace the first.

As always, please continue to have photo identification ready.  If you do not have the card with you, you will be asked for your identification to be checked against the student’s release information.

If your name does not appear on the student’s release information, the office will call the child’s parent/guardian to confirm.

Dismissal Changes

While we know that consistency is important in a child’s life, it may become necessary to change your child’s dismissal plans.

If you must change the way your child is to be dismissed, please send a note in advance to your child’s teacher or call the office 614.834.2600 prior to 3:30pm.

Change of Address / Updating Student Information

All requests for changes of address on school records must be submitted to the Welcome Center for processing.  Residential address changes cannot be processed by a child’s school office staff or by Petermann Transportation.

Any changes to a student’s home address must be requested on the district’s change of student information form.  This form includes a standard authorization, to be signed by the parent, allowing for the release of residential and utility information to Pickerington Schools upon request, if necessary.

This release also includes an explanation, per Ohio Revised Code, as to how it is determined where your child is to receive his/her tuition-free, public school education.  By signing this release, you are also verifying that you have been informed of your legal responsibility to withdraw a child from school if you ever move outside school district boundaries.  It also informs you of your tuition obligations if you fail to withdraw.

If you do not have the capability to print the form, contact the Welcome Center at 614.920.6180.  We will be happy to mail, email, or fax the form to you for completion.  You also may pick up and/or return the form directly to the Welcome Center, thus expediting the address change process.

After a change of student information form is received at our Welcome Center, the request will be checked to verify that:

  • the request has been signed and dated by the parent of the student;
  • acceptable proof of the change in residence is attached to the request;
  • an open enrollment request has been completed, if applicable.  This is necessary if a change of residence, made during the school year, causes a change in the student’s attendance area but the parent wishes to have the student finish the current school year at his/her current building.  Such a request is only considered for the student’s continued attendance through the end of the current school year.  Note: buses do not cross school boundary lines to accommodate open enrollment students.  Families are responsible for transportation.

If the move has caused a change in the building the student is to attend, the involved school buildings are notified and the electronic and physical transfer of records takes place.  Arrangements for the official start date in the new school can be made between you and the office staff of your child’s new school.

Bus transportation after change of address

The Welcome Center will notify Petermann Transportation of your change of home address.  If bus service is available in your new area for your child, we begin the steps needed to arrange a new bus stop location “from and to” your new residence.  Petermann staff establish all bus stops and notify drivers as quickly as possible.  Your school building office staff will obtain all bus stop information from Petermann Transportation.

If a new bus stop must be established at any point in the route where the driver does not currently make a stop, this process may take two to three days.  If necessary, your child’s school office can issue a bus pass if your child must ride the bus before the change can be finalized by Petermann Transportation.

This change in address change procedure applies only to changes in the actual physical address where a parent and the student reside.  A temporary change of bus stop location at a place other than the student’s home (for situations such as babysitting arrangements) may be accepted in the school office of the building where your child attends.

A form requesting a new bus stop location can be downloaded from Petermann Transportation.  The Welcome Center does not handle these changes.  The forms should be submitted to your child’s school office or faxed them directly to Petermann Transportation.

Attendance Boundary Maps

The following maps provide a general outline of school building boundaries at the elementary school level.  For reference, one of the maps superimposes the junior high/high school attendance boundaries over the elementary school boundaries.  For a complete set of attendance maps, visit the district website.

Note that these maps should not be used when purchasing a home in Pickerington Schools, particularly near the shown boundaries.  To confirm the attendance area of any property in the district, call our Welcome Center at 614.920.6180.

Elementary school boundaries

Elementary school boundaries (showing high school attendance boundaries)