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School officially begins for all students at 8:45 a.m. Teachers are on duty starting at 8:20 a.m. Students should arrive no earlier than 8:25 a.m. unless they are planning to eat breakfast, then they may arrive at 8:05 a.m. and should go directly to the lunch room. All students coming to school after 8:45 a.m. will be considered tardy. All tardy students must report to the office for a tardy slip before going to class. Teachers are expected to ask for the student's tardy pass.

 

If a child comes to school after 9:10 a.m., he/she is counted as being absent 1/2 day. Students coming to school before 9:10 A.M. are marked tardy. If a child leaves before 3:00 p.m., that child will also be marked absent for 1/2 day. After 3:00 p.m., an absence is considered an early dis- missal and is not reported by the office. All students are dismissed at 3:25 P.M.

 

If a student is absent, please call the office before 9:15 a.m. on the day of the absence. A written note or a telephone call from home stating the nature of the absence is expected. If we do not receive the written note or telephone call stating the reason for the absence, the absence will be recorded as unexcused. If you do not excuse your student before 9:15 a.m. your child may be considered unexcused and our office will call to verify your child’s absence.

 

Visitors

Parents are always welcome to visit the school for purposes of observation. Any visits during the school day should be for that purpose only, unless a conference time with a teacher has been prearranged. Conferences and visits must be planned with a one-day notice. Teachers and students work on a planned schedule and program. Unnecessary interruptions consume time and hinder the program.

For the protection of the students and security in the school, it is required that any person entering the building during the school day come directly to the office and present a driver’s license or other state form of identification before going to any other part of the school. You will be given a visitor pass to be worn while at school.

No students will be permitted to leave the building with a visitor unless cleared through the school office. Students from other schools are not permitted to visit class with your child unless there are justifiable and compelling circumstances. This must be approved by the principal or designee.

Cell Phones

Students may bring a cell phone to school, but they must be turned off during school hours and left in their backpacks. The school will not be responsible for lost or stolen cell phones. 


The only time students should bring toys, games, etc. to school is when their teacher gives them permission to do so (i.e. show and tell or special reward). The school is not responsible for any loss or damage of personal property. Students are not to bring large sums of money or other valuable possessions to school. Do not leave money or other valuables in desks or backpacks. Personal belongings should be clearly marked with the student's name. Students and parents should check in the lost/found box or in the office for lost items. Every year bags of lost clothing and other items are donated to charity because they are not identified and claimed.