FAQ's

What can I do if I have locker problems?
Go to the office.  You will be given a pink card to fill out.  We are not always able to immediately fix the problem, however locker problems are fixed by our custodian within 24 hours.  

How do I get a new lunch ID card?
Go to the office.  If you forgot your card at home, you will need to go to the end of the lunch line and give the cashier your name.  If your card is truly lost, you may receive one (1) replacement card free of charge.  If the replacement card is then lost, additional cards are $5 each and it takes 4-5 days to order and receive one. 

Any student who does not have an ID card needs to go to the back of the lunch line and is not allowed to purchase extra items.  Without a card, students may only purchase a regular lunch.  

Where is the lost and found?
Found library books are returned to the library.  Found textbooks are in the office.  All other items are in a box in the café.  Students should also check with their teachers in each classroom.  

Can I ride a bus home with a friend?
No.  Students must ride their assigned bus.  Extenuating circumstances will be reviewed by the Principal on a case by case basis.  

How am I dismissed for an early appointment?
Hand in an early dismissal note to your homeroom teacher.  The note will be forwarded to the office and your name and dismissal time will be listed on a daily bulletin shared with all teachers.  At your dismissal time, remind your teacher that you have a dismissal, go to your locker (if needed) and go to the office.  Students are to report to the office for dismissal on their own.  If you forget, the office will call into your class and ask that you be dismissed.  

How do I pick up my child during the day for an appointment?
Give your child an early dismissal note to hand in to their homeroom teacher.  The note will be forwarded to the office and the information will be listed on a daily bulletin shared with all teachers.  Your child is to remind his/her teacher at dismissal time, go to their locker if needed, and report to the office.  Students are to report to the office for dismissal on their own.  If they forget, the office will call into the class and ask that they be dismissed.  Parents should always allow an extra 5 minutes for students to arrive in the office.  

Where do I pick up my student after school?
Students being picked up after school are to go out the doors to the back parking lot.  Parents should be in the back parking lot.  School is dismissed at 2:45.  We do not need a note for after school pick up.

When can I request homework for a student who has been absent?
Homework may be requested on the 3rd day a student has been absent.  It must be requested in the morning for afternoon pick up.  Please don't request work if you are unable to pick it up.  You may want to check, many teachers post work on their websites.

What do I do if my child is sick?
Call the office at 901-9552 and let us know your child is out ill.  Please leave us a message if you call before 7am.  If you do not call your child off, we will call your home to confirm your child is absent.  

Do I need to let you know if my child is coming in late?
Yes.  Call the office at 901-9552 and let us know your child is coming in late due to illness or an appointment.  If you don't let us know, your child will be marked absent and we will call your home to confirm your child is out.  

What does my student do if they misplace their gym uniform?
Check with the PE teacher.  Both Mr. Campbell and Miss Orwick have a lost and found box in the locker room.  Also check in the lost and found box in the café.  It is very important that your child's name be on their uniform -written in permanent marker.  Replacement uniforms may be purchased for $20.

What if my child is going out to town?
Submit an Educational Field Trip request form at least 5 school days in advance.  Going out of town is not an excused absence.  If an Educational Field Trip is not requested, the days will be recorded as unlawful.  

How many unlawful absence days may my child have?
Parents will receive a warning letter for 1, 2 and/or 3 days of unlawful absence.  After a student has accumulated 3 unlawful days, and official notice is mailed to the parent(s).  Each unlawful day after that is then subject to citation from the District Magistrate.

I wrote a note, why was my child marked with an unlawful tardy?
Students are marked as excused tardy if they come in after an appointment or if they come in with a note stating they are late due to illness.  All other reasons, even with a note, are unlawful.  After 4 times unlawful tardy, a student is given a warning.  After the 5th unlawful tardy, students are assigned detention.

What is the difference between a tardy and half day of absence?
Students who arrive after 7:38 but before 9:30 are marked tardy.  Per the handbook, students who arrive after 9:30 are marked as _ day absent.  Students who arrive after 11:30 are recorded as absent for the whole day.

How can I get a message to my child?
Please make every attempt to communicate with your child before sending him/her to school.  In emergency situations, we will get a message to your child.  Please don't ask us to “remind” your child of something.  Some students are outside from 2:00-2:45; we can't guarantee messages to your child after 2:00pm.  

I picked my child up early for an appointment, why was he/she marked for half day of absence?
Students who are picked up (and don't return) before 1:15 are marked with a half day of absence.  Students who are picked up after 1:15 are marked as an early dismissal.

Why was my child marked as unlawfully absent?
All absences are marked as unlawful until a written excuse is received.  If an excuse is not submitted within 3 days after the absence, the absence will remain unlawful.    

Do I have to send in an absence note if I called my child off sick?
Yes.  Excuse notes are required for all absences.  All absences are marked as unlawful until a written excuse is received.  If an excuse is not submitted within 3 days after the absence, the absence will remain unlawful.    

How do I address my concerns with a teacher?
Parents should always address student/teacher concerns with the teacher first.  Telephone or in-person is best, as tone can be misleading in an email.  If after communicating with a teacher, the parent is still unhappy, the next step is to talk to the Guidance Counselor, followed by the Assistant Principal or Principal.  

How do I report bullying?
If a student feels bullied, he/she is encouraged to report it to the office as soon as possible.  We can't address the issue if we don't know about it.  A parent may report that their child feels bullied.  We will still talk to your child about the situation.  

How late is the school open?
The office is open until 3:45 each day.

Tell me about the Socials
Student Council sponsors 3-4 socials throughout the year.  Tickets are sold at lunch time 2 weeks prior to the social and are $2 per student.  No tickets are sold at the door and students are not admitted without a ticket.  6th grade socials are after school from 3:00 to 4:30pm.  Students should be picked up at the back parking lot entrance.  The front of the school will be locked.  The 7th & 8th grade social is from 7:00-9:00pm.  Students are to be dropped off and picked up at the back parking lot entrance.  

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