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Students may enter the building beginning at 8:00 am for the free breakfast program in the cafeteria. There will be faculty on duty between 8:00 - 8:25 am to supervise all students. No students can enter the building before 8:00 am as there is no supervision at that time.
School starts at 8:25 am. Students should arrive at school by 8:15 am to have time to get to class on time if they are not a part of the breakfast program. Important work and routines at the beginning of each day set children up for success, and being on time helps children feel comfortable and secure.
• Kindergarten families escort their kindergartners to the classroom until the beginning of October. After adjusting to school and learning how to line up in the gym, kindergarteners line up in the gym and their teachers pick them up there.
• First through fifth graders line up in the gym with their class starting the first day of school. Parents do not escort their children to the gym. Parents should not go beyond the orange wall to decrease traffic and confusion. It is best if you say goodbye to your child outside the school doors. We have staff on duty in the lobby to help children get to the gym safely and confidently.
• Middle schoolers should swipe in with their ID cards upon arrival. Students who choose to enter the building before 8:10 am will gather in the cafeteria. Otherwise, students will be swiped up in the elevator to their homeroom floor starting at 8:10 am.
Every absence is considered a significant loss of instruction. Please notify the office by 8:30 am if your child will be absent from school. Voice mail will record calls regarding student absences before and after school hours.
The Department of Education has an automated calling system that will notify you if your child is absent or tardy. If you feel that this call is in error, please let the office know.
When a student returns after an absence, they MUST bring a written explanation to the homeroom teacher signed by a parent or guardian. The office will record on the daily attendance sheet if the student has brought in a note. Students are responsible for making up all work missed while absent.
Students arriving after 8:25 am are considered late and must get a late pass before going to their classrooms. Lateness is recorded in the DOE’s electronic record-keeping system and on your child’s report card. If your child is late and did not check in at the office, it is possible that the lateness will be marked as an absence.
The following procedures are followed to assure the safety of children who are released during the day.
• Written notification should be sent to the teacher stating the time of release.
• Only individuals identified on the student's blue emergency card will be allowed to pick the child up from school.
• The parent (or other named adult in the note) must COME TO THE OFFICE, SIGN FOR THE CHILD AND BE PREPARED TO SHOW OFFICE STAFF IDENTIFICATION. All children must be signed out in the office. Children will remain in the classroom with their teacher until notified by the office staff that an adult has arrived to pick them up
• Students are not allowed to leave the building during school hours unaccompanied by an adult. Adults must come into the building to sign children out during the school day. This is due to legal liability and we are unable to be flexible on this point.
Lower school teachers dismiss each class outside at the designated spot in fair and inclement weather. On half days, students will be dismissed at 11:30 am. For safety’s sake, please encourage your child to get in the habit of shaking hands with his or her teacher, saying goodbye, and pointing out who has come to pick him or her up. Please help teachers keep children safe by standing back from the building until you have your child and then moving away from the building.
If your child is going home with a friend after school or is being picked up by a friend’s parent or caregiver WRITTEN PERMISSION is required in advance from both families.
Remind your children that they will not be able to call home during the school day in order to make after school arrangements to visit a friend. Likewise, parent phone requests for last minute changes in end of the day plans cannot be accommodated.
Emails to teachers throughout out the day requesting a change of plans cannot be accommodated.
With written permission, fifth grade students can be dismissed to go home unaccompanied. Additionally, with written permission, siblings in grades 5 and up can pick up younger siblings.
Middle school students are dismissed at the end of the day are expected to leave school on their own or go to after school. They are not allowed to hang out at school unless they are attending after school.