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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. 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. We understand that at the start of this school year entering and exiting the building will take a bit longer than in the past. 

Again, this year, we will be using an increased number of entrances and exits. There is a very detailed map of the school labeling where each teacher’s students should enter and exit the building at the end of this handbook. All of our entrances will be monitored by School #3 staff members for security purposes. If you have more than one child, please have all your children use your YOUNGEST child’s entrance/exit. 

We will stagger dismissal SLIGHTLY:

  • 2:55 P.M. FIRST GRADE
  • 2:58 P.M. SECOND GRADE 
  • 3:02 P.M. THIRD & FOURTH GRADE
  • 3:05 P.M. FIFTH & SIXTH GRADE

If you have more than one child, your oldest will come to your YOUNGEST child’s dismissal door. Do not ask for your older child to be released early, we will not allow it. 

Due to safety concerns parents will not be permitted to walk their children to their classrooms. Our first and second grade teachers will be waiting by their designated entrances to meet their students and walk them to their classrooms. We will have many additional staff members at each entrance able to assist children in finding their classrooms. No parents will be allowed in the building. 

Parents/Visitors to the Building:

We continue to limit the number of visitors to our school as a means to keep our students and staff safe. Any person who absolutely needs to visit School #3 must enter through our main entrance by using the buzzer and showing ID. No visitors will be allowed to enter the building without proper identification.

We will continue to significantly limit the reasons for dropped items by parents at school, we will only be accepting glasses and lunch left at home. Homework, instruments and other school related items will not be accepted. With a little help, organization, and working together, we can teach all students to be responsible for remembering their important items from home. Please remember to send students with water bottles for drinking throughout the day.

Traffic & Parking:

Please be aware that pedestrian and automobile traffic surrounding School #3 can be difficult during drop-off and dismissal. I recommend that you use our PTA sponsored Valet during arrival and to park on a side street and walk to the building for dismissal. Please read the included documents about the PTA sponsored Valet, we definitely need volunteers to make this service successful.  This service will begin on the morning of September 9th. 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.

Valet Volunteers Needed- Please Complete This Form if you are able to help. Without your help, our valet would not be possible. 

Early Pick-Up:

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. If you forget to send in a note, you MUST call the main office before you arrive at the school. Classroom teachers will have your child ready for you when you arrive at our front entrance. The front door monitor will bring your child to the door and have you sign your child out. 

CARES:

Our CARES program will continue to operate daily after school in School #3. For more information on this program please visit  CARES Information

Meals Procedures:

BREAKFAST

STARTING Thursday, SEPTEMBER 9 (NO Breakfast the first three days of school)

We are excited to be able to continue to offer our breakfast program at our elementary schools starting at 7:30 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. daily. Our breakfast program is open to all students and there is no need to preregister. Students may come as often as needed. As with last year, our breakfast and lunch program will be free for all students due to a federal grant. 

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. and therefore children will not be permitted to enter prior to that time. 

LUNCH:

Food services will still be providing students with a choice of four options for lunch. (hot lunch, ham, cheese, or turkey sandwich). All lunches include a drink and fruit or vegetable. Students will have the opportunity to order their choice of lunch (monthly hot lunch menu will be provided) at the start of the school day. 

We will be using both the classrooms and cafeteria for lunch this year. Classes will be on a rotating schedule between eating in their classrooms or cafeteria. 

RECESS:

Students will have the opportunity to participate in daily recess with their classmates. Recess is twenty five minutes each day.

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. All homework and classwork can be found within the classroom teacher’s Google Classroom pages. 

Allergies:

For the safety of our students, all classrooms have been designated “NUT  FREE”. It is imperative that nothing is brought into the classroom containing these ingredients for individual SNACKS OR LUNCH. No sharing of any foods is permitted. In order to ensure each child’s safety, please check your labels carefully before sending anything into the classroom. Please also note that anything that is not labeled correctly will not be permitted. Please do not send in any item that was processed in a facility with nuts. If you have any questions about certain foods your child eats, please contact Mrs. Driggers, our nurse. 

Birthdays are a happy occasion and children like to celebrate but we will not be allowing any food to be shared at all. Our classroom teachers will find ways to make sure their students feel special on their birthdays. I promise! 

Back to School Night:

Our Elementary Back to School Night is scheduled for Thursday, September 30th. You will receive a detailed letter highlighting the time for each grade level. Please mark your calendars.

Field Trips and Assemblies:

This year we will be collaborating with the PTA and the other elementary schools in the district to identify and bring back valuable field trips and assemblies for our students. As we schedule these events, we will share them with our families. 

Back to School BBQ

We will be rebranding our annual PTA sponsored Back to School BBQ this year and moving this wonderful family event to the end of the school year. We hope to host this event as a culmination of our Annual Field Day Week! More information to come.