Transportation & Logistics

2018-19 Transportation & Logistics

Click below to view your child's bus route worksheet: 

Navy Narwhal Worksheet
Orange Orca Worksheet
Purple Penguin Worksheet
Red Ray Worksheet
Silver Squid Worksheet
Teal Turtle Worksheet

Multiple factors played into determining these scheduling details.  The Transportation Team had to try to accommodate students from all areas of Denver, have a longer day for middle school students than for elementary students, fit into DPS Transportation’s busing requirements, meet state required in-class hours, take into consideration before/after school options, and maintain teacher work hours.  If you would like more information about this process, contact

School Year 2018-19 Bell Times

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In school year 2018-19:
Grades K-3 will attend DLS at Whiteman
Grades 4-8 will attend DLS at Gilpin

In school year 2019-20:
Grades K-4 will attend DLS at Whiteman
Grades 5-8 will attend DLS at Gilpin

Click here to view the 2018-19 Academic Calendar

2018-19 Bus Transportation

Bus registration opened May 1st.  Registration is on a first-come first-served basis.  There may still be some spots open on some buses, an you can apply here. Please note that if we are unable to get enough registrants for a bus line, it will be cancelled.

Due to significant increases in DPS busing costs and a more complicated busing system next year, the overall transportation costs to DLS will more than double next year. Although DLS covers the majority of busing costs, each family's per-student busing costs will need to increase as well.  Annual bus costs will increase to $130 per student per AM route and $130 per student per PM route.  Financial Assistance will continue to be available for those families that need it.

Click here to view the answers to questions we have been receiving about buses next year.


For safety and convenience, DLS uses Pikmykid for dismissal.

Pikmykid is a dismissal app that allows parents to directly update their child’s dismissal schedule each day (as late as 1 hour before the end of school), get updates when their child is dismissed to an authorized person or activity, and delegate their child to another person for pick-up.

For more information download the Parent Handout here

PikMyKid Policy

  • Parents must communicate dismissal changes through the PikMyKid app.

    • If you do not have access to a smart phone or the internet, please make arrangements with DLS directly at 303-557-0852.

  • Parents must make sure PikMyKid is accurate every day.

    • We highly recommend checking and updating your child’s dismissal modes at the beginning of each week to ensure all information is up to date and to prevent any stressful last-minute changes.

  • Parents must communicate dismissal plans with my child(ren).

    • DLS staff cannot double check and communicate each student’s dismissal plan with them each day. In order to make dismissal run more smoothly, please make sure your children know what they are supposed to do after school.

  • PikMyKid is the final say about a child’s daily dismissal plan.

    • If a child says they are supposed to do something different than their dismissal plan in Pikmykid shows for that day, we will attempt to contact parents. However, if parents can not be reached within a few minutes, the student will be dismissed as Pikmykid instructs. We cannot hold buses for students who contradict their dismissal plans. As a result, it is vitally important that you ensure your child’s dismissal plan is accurate.

  • Questions about PikMyKid should be directed to

  • Any same-day changes should be communicated directly via phone to my child’s campus (K-3 Whiteman, 4-8 Gilpin).

For more information download PMK Policy here

Late Pick-Up Policy

Late pick-up is when a parent picks up a child more than 15 minutes after the end of school. Please see the chart below to understand pick-up times at each campus each day.


If your child is not scheduled for an after-school activity, and you are not at the pick-up location by the time Late Pick-Up begins, your student will be taken to

Dolphin Splash* (Whiteman) or Dolphin Hall* (Gilpin) until you arrive. You will be charged the drop-in fee of $8 per child per day for these services. Families that qualify for Financial Aid will be charged $2 per child per day for these services.

We understand that life happens, so each family will be allowed 1 late pick up per school year without being charged. Also, in order to allow time to adjust to new campuses and schedules, this policy will not take effect until September 4, 2018.

If you know that you are going to regularly be late to pick up your child, we suggest signing up for Dolphin Splash (Whiteman) or Dolphin Hall (Gilpin) directly through the Fun Club website. This helps us plan for how many staff to have each day, and it will be cheaper in the long run if you are regularly late. The cost for Dolphin Splash and Dolphin Hall is $100 per child per month. Financial Assistance is available for those families who qualify.

Download more information here:

Late Pickup Policy here

Carpool Map 2018-2019

Do you live in a part of town that’s a bit further from campus?  Are you willing and able to drive another student to school?  The DLS Carpool Map may be a great option for you!  Carpooling can save you time and money, it helps the environment, it decreases the car line at school, and it builds relationships with other DLS parents and students.

How to get access to the DLS Carpool Map for next school year:

  1. Fill out the survey
  2. Wait for a response email with the DLS Carpool Map link
  3. Connect with your fellow families!

If you would like to participate in the DLS carpool program, either as a driver or someone looking for a ride, please click here to fill out the survey for our map.

Please note - All survey responses will be verified by DLS staff to confirm that they are DLS families.  The map is only accessible through the link sent to DLS families from staff.  If at any time you wish to remove your information from the DLS Carpool Map, whether due to a full carload or because you no longer wish to participate, please email

Light Rail & RTD

The 30th & Downing Light Rail Station is a very short walk from the Gilpin campus (0.2 miles, estimated walk time 2 minutes). 

Click here to view the current light rail schedule
Click here to view the current RTD schedule

PikMyKid Dismissal App

DLS uses the PikMyKid dismissal app to make sure all students get to where they need to be at the end of every day.  Click here to download the PikMyKid app for iPhone, and click here to download it for Android!  All parents and caregivers must use PikMyKid as part of our safe arrival and dismissal, even if you are walking in the building to pick up students.

Click here to download more information about PikMyKid