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School-day schedule


8:15 am-2:30 pm


Wednesday (late start)

9:15 am-2:30 pm

Extended-day schedule

Wednesday morning (late start)

7:30-9:00 am

Monday-Friday afternoon
2:30-5:45 pm 


Car drop-off & pick-up

Students traveling by car should arrive between 8:00-8:10 am (9:00-9:10 am on late-start Wednesdays). We ask that drivers take their places in the line running from the front of the school (red doors) and out along Denmark Avenue. A staff person will help your child from the vehicle along the school sidewalk. We ask for your cooperation and support in order to keep the drop-off line moving and the school-day on schedule.

If you are picking up your child by car after school, please arrive when the school-day ends at 2:30 pm. Our staff is busy before and after this time with preparations, meetings, appointments, etc. and it is difficult to also supervise children. The afternoon procedure is the same as the morning, with vehicles in line for curbside pick-up.

Car parking

If you need to come into the school at drop-off or pick-up time, please park in the lot and—for safety reasons during this heavy-traffic time—walk hand-in-hand with your child to the school building. If you are coming into school during the day, please park in the small front lot. For larger events, it is best to park in the larger lot to the south of the building; for overflow parking during these events, we ask that you park along the west side of Denmark Avenue (school side) and not the east side.

Bus pick-up & delivery

Bus transportation is provided to anyone residing in the Northfield School District through the Benjamin Bus Company. In the morning, buses pick up children at stops near their homes and arrive at the Northfield Middle School, where students transfer to buses that then come directly to Prairie Creek. These buses pull up and park along the designated bus lanes and deliver students to the green doors on the plaza that lead to the concourse inside the school.

The bus transportation changes each year, and is usually determined shortly before school starts. Families should receive information and schedules in the mail directly from Benjamin Bus, with morning pick-up and afternoon drop-off times at your child’s specific neighborhood stop.

In out-of-district areas such as Faribault, Farmington, Lakeville, Apple Valley, Rosemount, Cannon Falls, Nerstrand, etc., reimbursement for driving from home school districts is available upon parent request. Check with local school district business office for procedures.

Behavior on the bus

In order for the ride on the bus to be both safe and pleasant for everyone (including the bus driver), students are expected to follow the bus company rules and behave with the same consideration for others as we expect at school. This means that students are to remain in their seats except when exiting and entering, that they are not to annoy anyone either physically or verbally, and that they are to keep their voices at a conversational level. It also means that they must respond to the bus driver's directions quickly and cooperatively.

Every year school staff talk with the children about appropriate bus behavior and would appreciate the additional support of parents doing the same. If a child is having difficulty on the bus, especially on the Prairie Creek bus or with another Prairie Creek child, please inform the school office and we will do what we can to correct the situation. High and consistent expectations on the part of the adults for courteous behavior by the children usually result in a low incidence of problems for our students on the bus.