Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

Absenses / Attendance

If a child is going to be tardy or absent from school, please call the office by 9:00 AM.  Calling the office saves a tremendous amount of time when verifying your child’s absence. Calling the office eliminates the need for you to send in a note to explain your child’s absence. If you do not call in, please send in a note to your child’s teacher when they return. Please see district attendance policy for information on absenteeism related to truancy.

Instructional Start Time:  8:45 am
AM Tardy:  8:46 am - 9:45 am
AM Absence:  9:46 am - 12:00 pm
PM Absence:  12:00 pm - 2:45 pm
PM Tardy:  2:46 pm  - 3:45 pm
End Time:  3:46 pm
Attendance Line:  248.328.3514

Attendance is taken twice daily in the school day (Morning and Afternoon).  Students arriving within the first hour after the start of the school day will be marked tardy and those who arrive after one hour from the start of the school day will be marked absent for the morning.  Students leaving prior to one hour from the end of the school day will be marked absent and those leaving within one hour of the end of the school day will be marked tardy for the afternoon.  Please do not ask to have students dismissed in the last few minutes of the day unless you have an emergency or necessary appointment, which requires early dismissal.

*Absences due to vacation for extended periods are not encouraged.  Classroom learning experiences often cannot be recreated outside of the school day, as learning is social, interactive and hands-on.  Please understand that alternative assignments are typically not provided.

State law requires attendance in school. Absences of more than 10% per year will be considered excessive and may be referred to the Oakland County truancy officer. At the truancy officer’s recommendation, some truancy cases may proceed to a court hearing if necessary. Excessive absences may also result in a student being retained at the present grade level for the following school year.  Please call the attendance line if your child will be absent. For extended absences, a doctor’s note may be needed.

Make-up Work for Absences
In most cases, students will be given an opportunity to make up work when they return.  For extended absences contact the school. Please allow 24 hours notice for teachers to gather materials.  We ask that you not leave a request for make-up work on the attendance line.  Please call the office to make these arrangements.

Arrival

First bell rings 15 minutes before the start of the school day (instructional start time).   There is NO Staff Supervision before that time. Students arriving at school prior to this time, please utilize our Latch Key Program at 248-328-3615 or make arrangements for before school daycare.

Bus Circle

Morning bus drop off is at 8:30 am. Buses pull up in east parking lot to allow students off the bus.  Students walk directly to breakfast or their classroom.

Car Line Drop Off

Students are not to exit the vehicle until a staff member has opened the door.

Parents drop students off in the yellow area at the west entrance. Students walk directly to breakfast or their classrooms.

Dismissal

Dismissal procedures are in place for the safety of all. We appreciate your cooperation. For the safety of our students, we ask that parents have a normal daily routine for their child. Each year we ask for a 5-day per week plan. If you need to alter this routine, please send in a note to the teacher or contact the school office at 248-328-3500. It is important you call before 3:00 p.m. so the message can be given to the student in a timely manner. Students leaving school early are dismissed from the office. For the safety of all children, we cannot allow individuals to go directly to classrooms. Students are expected to remain in their class until the end of the day. Please do not ask to have students dismissed during the last few minutes of the day. Please have a plan for your child should he/she arrive home and find no one there.

All parents/guests must park in the lot on the east side of the building.  Please do not park in the Bus Drop Off Loop. Mixing student drop-off and pick-up with bus and delivery traffic is a dangerous situation. The lots on the west and south sides of the building are for staff only.