BASIC PRACTICES AND PROCEDURESHere are a few guidelines to help you "sort out" some things which may be new to you. Please don't hesitate to ask your child's teacher or the office any further questions you may have.
School Hours:The doors are open at 9:00 a.m. for students; the school day starts at 9:15 a.m. and dismissal begins at 3:30 p.m. Children should not arrive on school grounds before adult supervision is available at 9:00 a.m. One exception to this rule: students who are proceeding directly to the cafeteria to eat breakfast may enter the building at 8:45 a.m.
Arrival and Dismissal:
K - 5 student walkers may enter through their assigned doors. All walkers are dismissed through the exits on the playground side of the building, closest to their classroom. All walkers must use the sidewalk access to the street and cross with our crossing guard, who is employed by the Village Police Dept., to assure our students' safety.Bikes are to be walked on school property to avoid accidents on crowded sidewalks, and should be locked to the bike rack. The school is not responsible for stolen or damaged bikes.Bicycle helmets are required by law. Bikes, skates and skateboards may not be operated on school grounds.All side doors will be locked promptly at 9:15. Students who arrive after this time must report to the main office for a tardy pass.
Any change in the normal routine for your child's dismissal requires office notification. For example, if your child will go home with a schoolmate, let us know. If an emergency arises, and you send a neighbor or friend to pick up your child, call the office and follow-up with a note. Parents picking up students at dismissal time (3:30 p.m.) should meet their youngster at the appropriate exit. All persons picking up children will be asked to show photo identification
Persons who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol will be asked to leave the premises and will not be permitted to remove children from school for any reason.
Student Absence:If your child is ill, you must call the school in the morning to report the absence. Messages can be left on an answering machine by calling 457-2400, x4002 to report an absence or request homework. This allows you to call at a more convenient time and avoid the busy signal. When your child returns to school, a written excuse is essential. Without a written excuse, absences are deemed "illegal."
Parent/Visitor Parking Lot:The parent/visitor parking lot is on the playground side of the building. It is against fire regulations, and not in the best interest of our children, to park illegally while waiting for your child to be dismissed. Also, to facilitate morning drop-off, do not park in the spaces adjacent to the building. Please, for your child's safety, park in designated parking spaces only. Unattended children must NOT walk through the parking lot alone. Also please respect our neighbor's property. DO NOT PARK ON THEIR GRASS.
Staff Parking Lot:Parents and Visitors may not park in spaces reserved for staff parking.
Telephone Policy:There is a pay phone in the lobby for public use. Students must request permission from a teacher or the principal to use the pay phone during the regular school day. In an emergency situation, a call will be made to the parent or to a designated adult by the office or nurse.
Cafeteria Information:Grades K-5 may bring a bag lunch from home or purchase lunch. Milk is $.50; Lunch is $2.00. Monthly lunch / breakfast menus will be sent home with your child. Weekly or monthly lunch/breakfast/milk tickets can purchased in advance to help eliminate students charging and carrying money. Extras (desserts and snacks) are available at additional cost. Breakfast is served from 8:45 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. at a cost of $.50 for students and $1.50 for adults. Free/ Reduced meal forms are available in the office for those families which qualify for assistance through this federal program.
Emergency Closings:In emergency conditions your best source of information is the radio. All closings, delayed openings, early dismissals and cancellations of events will be carried on these stations beginning at 6 a.m. Listen regularly to any of these stations:
WGNY 1220 AM
WALL 1340 AM
WHUD 100.7 FM
WPDH 101.5 FM
WBNR 1260 AM
WRRV 92.7 FM
WGNY 103.1 FM
Inform Your Children:
Parents who are not at home during school days should make alternative arrangements and instruct their children and the school where they are to go and what to do in case of emergency.
Avoid Calling the School:You can help us achieve an orderly and efficient early dismissal by keeping the phone lines open so that we may summon bus drivers and coordinate all other factors in our efforts to ensure your child’s safety.
Are Parent Volunteers who are supplied with a list of emergency phone numbers. In the event of a school emergency or unexpected closing, the key callers are notified by the school to begin calling the telephone chain. This telephone chain is another way to communicate emergency changes in routine. Volunteers are needed.
FOR YOUR CHILD'S SAFETY
Sign-OUT/ SIGN-IN Policy:
All volunteers and visitors to the school, including parents, are required to enter by the front center doors and to sign in and out of the building. Your cooperation is expected as this will screen visitors to the building and help to protect the children. It also permits us to know how many people we must account for in the event of an emergency. Photo identification is required for all persons signing children out.