Section 4: ATTENDANCE
The school day begins at 8:40 a.m. for students in PreK4 through 5th grade.
Students should arrive at school between 8:15 a.m. and 8:40 a.m. Students may not arrive on campus before supervision begins at 8:15 a.m.
Students arriving after 8:40 a.m. must report to the office with a parent to sign in and receive a tardy pass.
Students riding school buses will be dropped off at the bus loading area on the gym side of the building (facing Lacoste Street).
Car riders and/or nursery van riders must be dropped off at the cafeteria entrance on Plauche Street.
Students may not be dropped off in any other areas of the school. This is a safety issue, and this policy will be strictly enforced.
Walkers must enter the building through the front entrance only. Walkers must use the sidewalks and cross the parking lot only in the center by the duty teacher.
Parents must park off campus if driving a child to school and walking him/her to the front door.
Students eating breakfast at school must report directly to the cafeteria upon arrival.
Any student not eating breakfast at school will report directly
to the hallway outside of his/her classroom upon arrival.
If your child is not a bus rider he/she must arrive by 8:25 a.m. in order to eat breakfast.
Parents are not allowed to walk students to class in the morning.
Tardies should be avoided. Repeated tardies may result in a parent conference and the loss of perfect attendance. Please try to prevent this from occurring. Excessive tardies (5 or more per semester) will be reported to the Child Welfare and Attendance Officer. When a child arrives late, the teacher must stop the lesson, update attendance in the computer, change the lunch count, and get the tardy child settled and caught up before the lesson can continue. Valuable instructional time is wasted for the entire class.
DISMISSAL: Normal dismissal time is 3:40 p.m. for students in PreK-4 through 5th grade.
No child may be checked out after 3:20, as this interferes with the safe and orderly dismissal of students.
Children will not be released to parents from the bus loading area.
Car riders will be dismissed through the side doors on Plauche St. Parents of car riders will be issued a card with your child’s name. Keep the card in your car and display on dashboard as you approach the pick-up area. Your cooperation with this will greatly speed up the dismissal process. You may request additional signs from the office if more than one vehicle will be used to pick up your child.
Walkers will be dismissed from the front doors of the building. One line will dismiss walkers with a parent waiting, and a separate line will dismiss walkers without parents. Only children who WALK completely off campus will be considered walkers. Do not park your car on campus and walk to the front door to pick up your child. This creates a dangerous traffic situation. If you drive to school to pick up your child he will be considered a car rider and will be sent to the side entrance to be dismissed.
Permanent transportation changes cannot be made over the telephone or by notes sent from parents. These changes must be processed by completing paperwork in the office. Any student riding a bus may only be picked up and dropped off at the address on file with the transportation department. This policy is in place to protect your child. If there is a specific day when a bus rider will NOT ride the bus, a signed written note must be sent to the homeroom teacher. Students who are not normally bus riders are not allowed to ride the bus home for any reason unless a permanent transportation change request is completed.
The school year consists of 180 days. Regulations specified by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education require elementary school students to be in attendance a minimum of 167 days to be eligible for promotion. The State allows no more than 14 absences per year at the elementary and middle school levels and 7 absences per semester at the high school. The State does not distinguish between excused and unexcused; all are counted as absences. A doctor’s note for an appointment or a one-day illness does not prevent the absence from being counted toward the 14 day limit, and once the maximum number of absences allowed is reached credit will not be granted for the school year. Long-term illnesses will receive special consideration through our Office of Child Welfare and Attendance.
Parents of absent students will receive a phone call via the Automated Calling System to be sure that you are aware that your child is not in school.
A doctor’s certificate is required when students are returning to school after having a communicable disease. The school district’s Guide to Student Conduct contains information on communicable diseases.
Absences are closely monitored. Excessive absences and tardies (5 per semester) are reported to the Supervisor of Child Welfare and Attendance in accordance with State Law.
All doctor’s notes must be submitted within five (5) days of returning to school.
You must present identification to the office personnel, sign the child out, and state the reason for early checkout. Habitual checkouts will be reported to the Supervisor of Child Welfare and Attendance. When a child is checked out early, the learning of the entire class is interrupted because the teacher stops instruction to assist the child who is preparing to leave early. In the interest of safety, no child will be allowed to be checked out after 3:20 p.m. as this interferes with the preparation for our dismissal procedure
Advance written notice from a parent must be sent if anyone other than a parent or person on the emergency card will be checking out a child. This person will be required to show proper identification upon arrival to check out the child.
School begins at 8:40 a.m. Please see that your child arrives on time for school each day. Once a child receives three tardies, parents will be sent a letter explaining the seriousness of the situation. Five tardies in a school semester will result in a referral to the Office of Child Welfare and Attendance. Please note that tardiness affects perfect attendance and promotion.
Three (3) emergency on file in the office.
Anyone checking out a child will be required to show picture ID.
When a student becomes ill or has a suspected communicable condition, the parent will be required to come to check the student out of school. When a parent consistently fails to make arrangements to check out a child who is sick or has a contagious condition such as head lice, scabies, or any other communicable disease, the Supervisor of Child Welfare and Attendance will be notified. Parents of students returning to school with a cast or other physical restriction must bring specific doctor’s orders before the student will be allowed to return to class.
PARENT TIPS FOR IMPROVING ATTENDANCE: Parents are a child’s first teacher. They play a crucial role in their child’s ability to succeed in school. An effective partnership with parents and their child’s school sets the stage for the success of a child.
Limit TV on school mornings.
Teach children to set and to use their own alarm clock or clock radio.
Set uniform clothes out the night before.
Have school bag and lunch ready.
Bathe and shower in the evening.
Walk to school or the bus stop with another child who is always on time.
Help your child relax before bedtime with a story or a book instead of the stimulation of television.
Remind children how much it helps the whole family when they are ready for school.
Require children to come to school unless they are sick or there is a family emergency.
Avoid scheduling vacations during school time.
Arrive at school on time because tardiness will be monitored carefully.
Try to schedule doctor or dental appointments after school or during holiday breaks.
Return to school with a note or doctor’s certificate after an absence.