YOUR CHILD IS ABSENT
Parents are responsible under School Attendance Laws of New York State for their child’s regular and punctual school attendance. Illness of the child, emergency illness, death in the immediate family or religious observations are the only legal reasons for absence from school.
A written excuse is required by New York State Law each time a child is absent or late. The note should be sent with the child when he or she returns to school or on the day he/she is tardy. The note should include the reason for the absence or lateness, the dates and signature of the parent or guardian.
Parents are requested to call the school nurse, Katherine DeBiase (769-5500 ext. 4700) on the first day of each absence. If your child is absent and no call is made, the school will attempt to call the parent. This is done for the safety and protection of your child. If the child is absent more than three days, class assignments can be requested by the parent.
YOUR CHILD IS TARDY
Repeated lateness to school interrupts your child’s educational progress and it is in his/her best interest to be an active participant in all educational activities. Your support and cooperation in developing a route that ensures your child’s prompt arrival at school is appreciated. School hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 2:55 p.m. If a child arrives at school later than 8:15 a.m., he/she must be signed in by a parent or guardian at the Project S.A.V.E. desk.
If your child will be late for a specific reason, such as a pre-scheduled medical or dental appointment, please send in a note on the preceding day so he/she is not marked absent in error.
If a child is to be dismissed from school early, the parents (or a person authorized by the parent in writing) must pick up the child at the Project S.A.V.E. lobby desk, and sign the sign-out book. Again, this is for the protection of the child. Please try to take your child out of school early only in emergency situations.
YOUR CHILD IS ILL
Parents are urged to keep children with communicable diseases at home. While this may be a problem for some working parents, the spread of contagious illness in the elementary grades has become epidemic in itself.
Please call the School Nurse 769-8535, on the first day of your child’s absence and give the reason for the absence and the name of your child’s teacher. If we do not hear from a parent, the school nurse will call your home and/or place of business to confirm the absence.
In case of a medical emergency, the school must be able to contact a responsible adult. Please make sure the Emergency Contact information on file in the Health Office are up to date and accurate; (i.e., change in work number, change in address, etc.).
MONEY IS NEEDED IN SCHOOL
There are times when children need to bring money to school for class trips, PTA fund-raising events, Cozy Corner Bookstore, etc. It is advisable to put money in a sealed envelope clearly marked with the child’s name, grade and purpose for which the money is intended.
SOMETHING IS LOST
Our Lost and Found Box is located by the cafeteria. Please encourage your child to check this box when you discover an item is missing. Please label all backpacks, clothing, lunch boxes, and other school items with your child’s name so that they can be returned if lost. Items left on the school bus may be claimed at Royal Coach Lines at 747-9494.
THERE IS A WEATHER EMERGENCY
Announcements of emergency school closings, delayed openings, emergency conditions, cancellations and early dismissals will be made via our automated telephone communication system. Information is also attainable on radio stations WFAS 1230 (AM), WFAS 103.9 (FM) and on News 12 Westchester.
When there is a delayed opening, it will be necessary for parents to make arrangements for the care of their children until school begins. If there is a two-hour delay, the school will be open at 9:50 a.m. Supervision cannot be provided at school any earlier. For the safety of your child, please do not drop off your child prior to this time.
If there is an early dismissal due to weather or any other emergency condition, you will be notified by the automated telephone communication system. Each family needs to develop an emergency plan for their child to follow in the event of an emergency or if you will not be at home when your child is dismissed.