Teachers record attendance daily. Punctual, regular attendance is critical for educational success. Children should arrive at school by 8:05 and to be in their classrooms—fully ready to begin the school day—by 8:20 a.m. Please help your child establish good habits so that they have plenty of time to get to her locker, get organized, and get into class on time.
Keeping our students safe is very important to us, and that starts with knowing that they made it to school. We ask that you send a note to both your child’s teacher and to the address if your child will be absent or will arrive after 8:40 a.m. Include details such as the specific date and the reason for the absence or tardy. If we haven’t heard from you, and your child doesn’t arrive at school by 8:40, you can expect a phone call home so that we can make sure that your child is safe and accounted for.
- Students who walk in the front doors after 8:20 will be asked to fill out a tardy slip to bring to their classroom teacher. Regardless of what time a student walks in the front door, they will be marked tardy if not in the classroom by 8:20.
- Before School: begins at 7:15 a.m. and includes breakfast for those arriving by 7:45 a.m.
- School Day: begins at 8:05 a.m when doors open; classes begin at 8:20 a.m. After this point, students are recorded as tardy.
- Dismissal: Dismissal is staggered between 3:00 p.m. and 3:20 p.m. depending on grade level.
- Preprimary (P3-K): 3:00 p.m.
- Primary (Grades 1-4): 3:10 p.m.
- Middle School (Grades 5-8): 3:20 p.m.
- After School: begins after dismissal for students enrolled in the program. Students may be picked up anytime between 3:00 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. After School ends at 5:45 p.m. and there is an extra fee for students not picked up by 6:00 p.m.
Sick children belong at home both for their own well-being and for the well-being of the school community. Children who are sick in the night should be home during the day even if they appear to be well first thing in the morning. Parents who bring a sick child to school will be asked to take the child home immediately.
Children who come to school are assumed to be well enough to participate in all school activities including physical education classes and recess. If there is a serious medical reason that a child’s activities should be limited, a doctor’s order will be required.
To help us control the spread of common cold and other viruses and bacteria, we ask parents to teach their children:
- To cough into their arms or sleeves
- To use tissues for sneezes and running noses.
- To wash hands frequently, especially after sneezing or coughing.
Please refer to our Health and Wellness Policies for more detailed information.
We discourage non-illness absences from school. Parents should make an effort to schedule non-emergency appointments at times that do not interrupt the school day.
We encourage families to plan their vacations during school holidays and breaks. School holidays are set each Spring for the following year to assist with family vacation planning. Missing a week or more of school can significantly affect your child’s educational experience, particularly since our curriculum is based largely on in-class experiences and group discussions.
When your plans require that your child miss school, your child’s teacher will offer some learning suggestions based upon your travel plans. The point of travel, however, is to have fun with one’s family. Please do not expect teachers to plan a complete curriculum for your child while s/he is gone.