General Rules and Policies
AbsencesPlease call the school at 377- 3321 ext.102 on the first day of your child's absence. Students are responsible for the missed work. Parents may contact the school and make arrangements to obtain homework. Please contact the school before noon for homework to be picked up at dismissal time.
Playground supervision begins at 7:50 A.M. To ensure students' safety, we ask that you do not send your children to school before this time, as there is no proper supervision for them.
Any student who arrives to class after 8:05 A.M. will be marked tardy. It is important that your child be on time to school every day. Tardiness results in a child missing necessary instruction, the interruption of the class and poor training of the pupil about the value of time and punctuality. Please sign in at the office before going to the classroom when you are late. Chronic tardiness will result in a referral to the principal and can be deemed truancy. Teachers may keep students after school to make up missed work.
After School - Dismissal
All parents waiting for students to be dismissed must wait outside the gates in the front of the school. To keep our students safe, adults may not enter the school for any reason without signing in at the office. Please be considerate of the teacher’s need to wrap up the day effectively, and do not disturb the class.
Upon dismissal, your child is expected to leave the campus. It is the parent’s responsibility to provide for a timely departure. Families who have siblings in both primary and upper grades are NOT allowed to use the playgrounds while waiting for the upper-grade dismissal time. For safety reasons and ultimately protecting the integrity of the instructional time for all students. However, to support our families with children in primary and upper grades, we have after school supervision for the primary grade siblings from 2:00-2:30pm M,T, TH and F. This service is only available to those families who have both primary & upper-grade siblings so parents will only need to pick up at the last dismissal time. Please contact our school office for more details if this address your needs. There are many classes and programs still in session until 3:30. Please be considerate of their need for a quiet work environment and do not allow your child to play in the front or in the back of the school.
If we request that your child stay after school for any reason, you will be contacted by telephone. According to state law school personnel may detain children up to one hour after school for assistance, to make up time due to tardiness, or for behavioral reasons, providing the parents are notified. Parents are responsible for arranging transportation home for their child in the event of this action.
Students left unsupervised may be reported to authorities as needed. We do not provide after school daycare, but have a list of providers available in our office. Unsupervised students are escorted to the office once the bus leaves. The parent designee will need to sign the child out in the office.
It is in your child's best interest to plan vacations while school is not in session. If your child must be absent from school for reasons other than illness, he/she may receive Independent Study credits. Contracts will be granted only when you contact the school office 5 school days in advance of absence. While this is no substitute for regular classroom instruction, it will help your child stay current with his/her class.
Medical & Dental Appointments
Please make appointments before or after school hours. If this is not possible and your child must be released from school, please send a note to the teacher and ask that your child be sent to the office at a designated time. This will eliminate classroom interruption. All students must meet parents/guardians in the office and be signed out before being released from school. The incidence and severity of illness is greatly reduced when we work together and follow a few guidelines.
- Parents of a child showing signs of illness or infection will be contacted. Please keep your emergency cards up to date for this reason.
- Students put on medication for an infection should not return to school for at least 24 hours.
- Medication (including cough drops, aspirin, etc.) cannot be administered at school unless the doctor completes a medication form. Forms are available in the office and can be faxed back.
- Most medication can be timed so that the parent can give it at home. All medication must be kept in the office.
- Students who are vomiting or running a temperature of more than 100 should be kept home.
- Students with an unexplained rash should be kept home, and the doctor should be contacted
- The school should be notified of any communicable illness so that notes can be sent to classmates (strep throat, chicken pox, lice).
Student Sign Out
Students can only be released to a parent, legal guardian or someone listed on the emergency card. Release to persons other than the above-mentioned may be made with written permission of parents or legal guardians. Anyone taking a child out of school during school hours must sign them out in the office.
Staying After School
If it is necessary for your child to stay after school for any reason, you will be contacted by telephone. According to state law school, personnel may detain children up to one hour after school for assistance, to make up time due to tardiness, for behavioral reasons, etc., providing the parents are notified. Parents are responsible for arranging transportation home for their child.
Visitors and Volunteers
All visitors and volunteers must check in at the office, regardless of their purpose for being on campus. This is for the protection of our students and to avoid unnecessary interruptions in the classrooms. Do not bring lunches or forgotten homework directly to classrooms. Drop them off at the school office.
Bicycle, Scooter & Skateboard Rules
Students in grades 3-5 who ride bicycles, scooters & skateboards to school should know and obey all traffic rules to and from school. Students must wear helmets. Students are not permitted to ride bicycles, scooters, and/or skateboards on school grounds. Bicycles must be locked and parked in the bicycle rack. The school is not responsible for any damage to or loss of bicycles, scooters or skateboards.
Change of Address / Telephone
Please notify the office immediately of any change in your address, home or work telephone numbers. We would also appreciate being informed if the names and phone numbers of your emergency card contacts change. This includes the names of child care providers.
Lost & Found
Lost articles are displayed in the Lost & Found rack outside of the cafeteria. Please label all clothing and lunches to prevent losses.
On school days, the office is open from 7:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Our telephone number is 408-377-3321. Our fax number is 408-377-7237. During the hours school is not in session, messages may be left on the answering system.