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: 8:50 am
AM Tardy: 8:51 am - 9:50 am
AM Absence: 9:51 am - 12:00 pm
PM Absence: 12:00 pm - 2:50 pm
PM Tardy: 2:51 pm - 3:50 pm
End Time: 3:51 pm
Attendance Line: 248.328.3814
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.
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.
Staff members are outdoors on duty to greet the buses and to assist with a safe transition into the school. Buses arrive at school at approximately 8:35 a.m., which is when the building is open to students. Students should report to their classrooms to check in and then proceed to breakfast, if needed.
Please note the following that will help us keep traffic moving and free up visitor parking in the back parking area. If you drive your child to school, please drop him/her off at the FRONT entrance at 8:35 a.m. Should you arrive earlier, please find a parking spot in the front lot and wait in the car with your child until 8:35 a.m. If you arrive with your child after 8:50 a.m., he or she will need to be dropped off at the office entrance around back. Please do not park in the fire lane. On-site childcare is available for a fee for those students whose parents need to drop them off prior to 8:35 a.m. Please call 248-328-3615 for registration information.
The visitor parking area outside of the office entrance is reserved for those parents and visitors who arrive after 8:50 a.m. and need to come into the school. If you are a parent volunteer who arrives at the school prior to 8:50 a.m., please help us keep the visitor parking area clear by parking in the front parking area. Students reporting after 8:50 a.m. must sign in at the office before going to class.
School is dismissed at 3:51 pm daily. Most of our students ride the buses, however a large amount of students are transported daily by family members and friends. The following procedures are critical in order to insure student safety. The question and answer format below seemed to be the best way to cover every situation.
If your child rides the bus home every day they will be escorted by their teacher to the bus circle at dismissal. Many staff members are also outside to help.
If you periodically have to pick up your child instead of him/her riding the bus and know ahead of time, you should tell your child AND send a note with your child. Your child will give the note to the teacher. Students often have days confused and ask to go to the office because they think they are being picked up. If your student does not have a note stating that they are being picked up, we will put him or her on the bus.
If you unexpectedly need to pick up your child, please call the office as soon as you find out. The office is a very busy place at dismissal. If at all possible, please help us by calling the office prior to 2:30 pm. Once we hear from you, the office will make a written note of your request to pick up and notify your child’s classroom at the end of the day. He/she will come to the office at dismissal where a parent or authorized adult will sign them out.
If you need to pick up your child early for an appointment, you will need to come to the main entrance and use the intercom to ring in. The office staff will call down to your child’s room and have your child dismissed. You should sign the student sign-out sheet located on the counter and wait in the hallway (outside the office) for your child to come down. Please do NOT go to the classrooms to pick up your children. In order to assure that students are dismissed only to individuals authorized for their care, teachers have been directed NOT to dismiss students to adults standing at the classroom doors and to instruct all visitors to report to the office for a “Visitors’ Pass.”
If you come into the building to pick up your child every day, we ask parents to fill out a “Daily Transport” form. This will allow those students picked up every day to be released at 3:51 pm to the library. Parents are asked to park in the front (Milford Rd.) parking lot and enter the library though the outside doors. Sign-out sheets are located at the librarian’s desk. We realize that this may seem like an unnecessary inconvenience, but for the safety of all children, it will be strictly enforced. Please do NOT go to the classrooms to pick up students. In order to assure that students are dismissed only to individuals authorized for their care, teachers have been directed NOT to dismiss students to adults standing at the classroom doors and to instruct all visitors to report to the office for a “Visitors’ Pass.”
Please be considerate of others and do not block the fire lane. For safety and security reasons, please park in a legal parking spot ANY time you are coming into the building, even if it is only for a minute. We have been warned by the local Fire Chief to keep the lane clear.