Policies & Procedures
Arrival and Dismissal Procedures
Our school hours are 8:15 a.m. to 3:05 p.m. Students may enter the building at 8:05 a.m., after the first bell. A second bell at 8:15 a.m. will signify that instruction will begin with morning announcements and any student who enters the classroom after this bell will be marked late. It is imperative for students to be in their classrooms and ready to learn at 8:15 a.m. I strongly urge all parents to make sure your child is on time each day. Not only are late student arrivals disruptive to the whole class, it is disruptive for your own child. Just imagine what it must feel like for your child to arrive late each morning. Additionally, he/she loses important instructional time as well as the directions a teacher has given for morning activities.
Any questions regarding dismissal procedures should be directed to your child’s teacher. Students will be dismissed at 3:05 p.m. Please make arrangements to be here promptly at dismissal. If on rare occasions you will be late, you must notify the office. It is acceptable during the first week of school to escort your child to their classroom. Please say goodbye promptly upon arrival to insure a smooth transition into the start of the school day.
Traffic & Parking
Please be aware that pedestrian and automobile traffic surrounding School #3 can be difficult during drop-off and dismissal. Our PTA provides an amazing valet service in the front and rear of the building. This service will begin on the morning of September 8th. Following all traffic and parking rules is essential for our students’ safety. We ask that you continue to instill in your children the importance of crossing the streets in designated crosswalks with the assistance of our crossing guards.
If you need to pick your child up from school early at any time, you must provide us with a note in the morning stating the time of pick-up. Classroom teachers will have the student ready for you when you arrive in the main office. We are looking to avoid constant interruptions into the classroom that are disruptive to the education process.
Breakfast: Our before-school breakfast program is available to students in our cafeteria from 7:30 a.m. to 8:05 a.m. the cost is $2.25 per day, which must be prepaid. Forms will be available in the cafeteria. Questions can be directed to Mrs. Jane Blackburn, Operations Manager, at 678-7548. Please be advised that the cafeteria will NOT be supervised before 7:30 a.m., children will not be permitted to enter prior to that time. Any child who attends the breakfast program MUST be purchasing breakfast. It is not an early morning drop-off service.
Lunch Price: Lunch will cost $2.50 this year.
Free and reduces price meals: Children from households that meet federal income guidelines are eligible for free or reduced price meals. To apply for free or reduced price meals, you must complete an application. These applications will be distributed on the first day of school and are also available in the main office. Completed, signed applications are to be returned to the main office.
Reporting Student Absences
In the event your child is going to be absent from school, please call Mrs. Kelly Driggers, our nurse, on the day of the absence at 678-7566. If your child is going to be absent for several days and you are requesting class work or homework to be sent home, please call the office in the morning so that this can be arranged. Please do not call in the afternoon requesting homework; it is important we provide the classroom teachers enough time to gather the necessary materials.
We are committed to providing a safe and welcoming environment for all of the children in our school. With this in mind, we have some classrooms designated as having students with Food Allergies. These rooms are delineated with signs hung directly outside the classroom. Each student in these classes should have received a letter from their classroom teacher informing them of the specific allergies so parents appropriately plan for snacks and lunch. In order to insure every child’s safety, please adhere to the letter sent to your child’s specific class. If you are unsure if your child’s class has been designated for having food allergies you can speak directly with the classroom teacher.
Parents/Visitors to the Building
Parents/visitors to School #3 must enter through the main entrance and ring the buzzer. Parents/visitors must be prepared to identify themselves and the purpose for the visit before entering the building. Once entered, parents/visitors must sign-in and leave identification with the monitor. Each visitor will receive a pass. After the completion of business, parents/visitors must sign-out, retrieve identification, and exit through the front doors only.