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Also in this handbook:

  • School Calendar
  • Attendance
  • Absence or Late Arrival
  • Before and After School Care
  • Bicycles, Skateboards, Rollerblades and Heeleys
  • Books
  • Book Orders
  • Bullying Policy
  • Cafeteria
  • Change of address/Phone#
  • Counselor
  • Custody Issues
  • Disabilities Act
  • Dress Code
  • Field Trips
  • Health Room - Immunizations
  • Insurance for Students
  • Late Arrival Policy
  • Lost and Found/ Lost Books
  • Parking Lot Policy
  • Pick-up/Drop-off/ Parking
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • Pets at School
  • Photographing or Videotaping School Events
  • Physical Education
  • Student Placement
  • PTO 
  • Release Procedure for Students
  • Safety
  • Schedule, Abbreviated
  • Schedule, Daily
  • Student Behavior Handbook
  • Student Retention/Remediation
  • School Parties
  • Toys/Telephone USe
  • Transfers
  • Visitors/Volunteers

Parent Handbook

Handbook Essentials

Attendance

Children should not be at school before 8:10 AM since there is no playground supervision and the faculty is preparing for the instructional day. An exception is made for those who eat breakfast in the cafeteria. This program begins at 8:00 AM. Children are not allowed in the hallways before 8:20 AM. This includes students accompanied by parents. Students are not to be in the cafeteria until 8:00 AM. Childcare is available from the Children’s Choice for those students who must come earlier than 8:10 AM or remain after school longer than 3:00 PM. Students are asked to leave the school grounds at dismissal and not linger, for everyone’s safety. Please pick up your child promptly after school. There is no grounds supervision after school hours. All Visitors (Parents) must come to the office to sign in before they are permitted to be on school grounds for an extended period of time. For the safety of students and staff please wait outside of the building until the bell rings at 2:30PM. If you are a guest during school hours (8:20-2:30) you must check in at the office with ID. Thank you.

Absence or late arrival

When a child is absent or will be late in arriving, parents should call the school at 299-9010 by 8:00 AM. The absence is recorded as “unexcused” when we do not hear from you. If your child is late you need to come in with your child to sign them in! DO NOT send them in alone. Absences have a cumulative negative effect on a child’s progress in school. Parents are urged to help their children have a good attendance record. Calling in by 8:00 also lets us know whether or not we should expect your child to arrive safely at school. A voicemail system is available for early calls at 299- 9010, press 5.

In accordance with APS guidelines, absences may be excused for the following reasons:

  • Doctor’s Appointment
  • Illness
  • Death in the family
  • Family emergency
  • Religious commitment
  • Diagnostic Testing
  • Extenuating circumstances, as agreed to by the administration prior to the absence.

Absences reported after two (2) school days for elementary students shall be recorded as unexcused.

***Classes begin promptly at 8:20. Children arriving even a few minutes late disrupt the learning activity and miss valuable information. Please help your child arrive no later than 8:15!  We discourage you from taking your child out early as well. They will miss instruction going on at that time. Thank you for your support in getting your child to school daily!


Dress Code

The Board of Education expects student dress and grooming to reflect high standards of personal conduct so that each student’s attire promotes a positive, safe and healthy atmosphere within the school. Student dress may not present a health or safety hazard, violate municipal or state law or disrupt the educational process. Attire or accessories that advertise display or promote any drug, including alcohol or tobacco, sexual activity, violence, disrespect and/or bigotry towards any group are not acceptable. Unacceptable clothing and accessories include, but are not limited to gang-related attire, excessively tight or revealing clothes, short shorts, bare midriff, low-cut and/or off the shoulder blouses, spiked jewelry, chains, and belts with more than 2 inches excess. “Sagging”, or the wearing of pants below the waist and/or in a manner that allows underwear or bare skin to show, and “bagging”, or the wearing of excessively baggy pants with low hanging crotches are prohibited. As a matter of common courtesy and respect, hats/caps are not to be worn while inside buildings except when there is a specific instructional, safety, religious or medical reason.


Drop-off/Pick-up Information

Please pick your student up at the drop off pick up loop according to their grade level. In the case of families with multiple students, all students in the family should report to the drop off pick up area of the youngest student in the family.

Indian School Parking Lot for students in Grades K-2

  • Enter the second driveway on Indian School Rd. east of Pennsylvania.
  • Either park in the designated parking or follow the pick-up lane on the far right.
  • Pull forward as far east along the curb as possible.
  • Children may exit or enter cars only along the paved sidewalk.
  • If you must visit with someone in another car or on the sidewalk, please park in the spaces allotted for this purpose.
  • If you choose to park and wait for your child, please meet your child on the sidewalk. We will not allow your child to cross traffic to meet you in parking spaces.
  • There is a passing lane on the left hand side of the pick-up lane to be used only for drive through. Do not stop to pick up children in this lane.
  • Exit the parking lot from the east (last driveway) on to Indian School Rd with a Right Turn Only.
  • Parking on Indian School and leaving your car is not permissible and will be ticketed by APD.

McKnight Street Drop off Pick Up Loop for Grades 3-5

  • Enter the eastern most driveway on McKnight St.
  • Follow the pick-up lane on the far right.
  • Pull forward as far west/north along the curb as possible. Note: Student entry is designated by crosswalk paintings
  • Children may exit or enter cars only along the paved sidewalk.
  • If you must visit with someone in another car or on the sidewalk, please park in the spaces allotted for this purpose.
  • If you choose to park and wait for your child, please meet your child on the sidewalk. We will not allow your child to cross traffic to meet you in parking spaces.
  • There is a PASSING LANE on the left hand side of the pick-up lane to be used only for drive through. Do not stop to pick up children in this lane.
  • Exit the parking lot from the west on through the driveway on to Pennsylvania with a Right Turn Only.

McKnight Street Parking Lot

  • There are occasional open spaces for parking in this lot for individuals who will park and walk inside. Students may not walk unattended through this lot and individuals must use the crosswalk across the drop off pick up loop.
  • Please refrain from parking in the designated “city maintenance spot” and from parking in the handicapped spots if unless you have a handicapped pass. Please leave those slots open for those who need them.
  • This lot may NOT be used as a drop off pick up loop.

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