Common Questions from Our Parents…

  • The School Day 

    The school hours are from 7:45 a.m. until 2:52 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
    School hours on Wednesday are from 7:45 a.m. until 1:37  p.m.
    Supervision of children begins at 7:15 a.m.

    Arriving at School 

    The tardy bell rings at 7:45 a.m. Students arriving after 7:45 a.m. are considered tardy. 

    Attendance

    A full school term for the State of Florida is 180 school days for students. All absences are recorded. Regular attendance is required by Florida Law; Section 232.09. The statute states, “Each parent of a child within the compulsory attendance age shall be responsible for such child’s school attendance as required by law.” Parents are requested to report reasons for absences by sending a note to the teacher following the child’s absence. Alachua County attendance officers receive computer-generated attendance reports and follow-up with school personnel on reasons for student absences. Repeated absences or tardiness are referred for further investigation. Attendance officers may call or visit parents when students have excessive absences or tardiness.

    Check-out Procedures

    Check out will end at 2:15 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday (Exception Head Start)
    Check out will end at 1:00 on Wednesday (exception Head Start)
    Thank you in advance for complying with this policy
    If your will be checking your child out early consistently, please send a note each time and we will have your child in the front office waiting.
    If at all possible, please allow your child to complete the entire school day.

    Getting To and From School Safely

    For Your Child's Safety: Parents MUST display the Orange card for pick up at the car pick-up area. If the card is not displayed, you must come into the front office and show your ID.

    Walking to School

    Students must walk on the sidewalks provided and cross the highway only at the designated crosswalks with the crossing guard.

    Bus Riders

    Bus students are to go directly to the bus loading area upon dismissal. Students will board the bus, find their seat and remain in their seat. Students are not permitted to exit the bus without the permission of the driver or supervising teacher.
    Students go directly home after being dropped off at their bus stop. Children will not get off at a different stop without a note from home. Students must have a note from home and signed by the principal to ride a bus different from his/her regular bus.

    Automobile Riders

    All automobile traffic must use the car area in front of the school (main entrance). Single-lane traffic only is permitted in the car pick-up area.
    Cars will follow the established traffic pattern. Drivers are encouraged to pull up as far as possible next to the sidewalk. Please do not leave a car unattended in the loading zone.
    Parent must come into the front office to sign out any student not picked up on time.

     

    CHILDREN WHO NORMALLY RIDE THE BUS WILL BE PUT ON THE BUS UNLESS THEY HAVE A NOTE EXPLAINING HOW THEY ARE TO GET HOME. ALL CHILDREN WILL BE SENT HOME IN THEIR USUAL MANNER UNLESS THE SCHOOL IS NOTIFIED OF SPECIFIC CHANGES IN WRITING.

    Extended Day Program
        * Information on costs and registration is available in the school office. This program is only provided when school is in session.