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PickUp Patrol at FMS

Dear FMS Families and Caregivers,

Starting Monday October 3rd, we will be using a system called PickUp Patrol  to help us track dismissals. Many of you may be familiar with PickUp Patrol already, as it has been used at Essex Elementary School since last school year. PickUp Patrol (PUP) will save us a great deal of time here in the office and will reduce interruptions in our classrooms—while also providing you with a convenient way to make changes to your student’s dismissal plans.

Most importantly, it will help us ensure that our students are safely dismissed to their correct after-school destinations.

Use the PUP web app for:

ATTENDANCE: Notify the school office when your student will be absent, arriving late or leaving early. If your student will be absent from school, report the absence using PickUp Patrol by 9:00am on the day of the absence.

DISMISSAL CHANGES: Submit changes to your student’s regular dismissal plans. For example: 

  • A student normally rides the bus, but is getting picked up today.
  • A student usually goes to aftercare, but is leaving early for an appointment.

How it works:

Students usually follow the same dismissal plan every week. We call this the Default Plan. 

Whenever you have a change to the Default Plan, you’ll submit a plan change through the PUP app. When the plan is submitted, the school will be notified and your student’s teacher will relay the change to them. Some of the default plans for students have already been uploaded. Please be sure to confirm or enter the default plan if you do not see one.

All plan changes should be entered in PickUp Patrol. This will help to minimize phone calls and emails, but you are always welcome to reach out to us directly regarding your student’s dismissal plans if you are unable to use the portal.

Getting started with PUP:

  1. REGISTER: You will receive a registration email from PickUp Patrol with a link to set up your account.The PUP web app is free for users and you can use it from your smartphone or computer. PUP is not accessed through the app stores. Instead, for easy access, follow the instructions in your registration email for how to add it to your phone’s home screen.
    Welcome emails expire after 24 hours. After 24 hours please reach out to Emily Kim at the front office for a new link. 

  2. ENTER DEFAULT PLANS: Once you register, log into your PickUp Patrol account to confirm your child’s default dismissal plan. It’s important that you complete this step as soon as you register so that we can accurately dismiss your student.
    Changes can be entered from a smartphone or computer days, weeks, or months in advance, and at any time up until 1:50pm on regular days, and 12:50 on Wednesdays, our early dismissal day.

After the cutoff time, please call the front office at 802-879-6326 to make last minute changes. The end of the school day is a busy time. To ensure the safety of all students, please plan accordingly. 

We appreciate your cooperation as we move forward with this new process.

For more information please see this video on how to use Pick Up Patrol.

If you have any questions, please first check the PUP FAQ page. If you still need help, contact Emily Kim, FMS Registrar at or PickUp Patrol at  



Sara Jablonski

FMS Principal