Absences, Arriving Late or Leaving Early
If your child will not attend school or will arrive late, you should call the school office at 389-7735 or email Beth Fogel at firstname.lastname@example.org by 9:00am. If you do not call, the office will call you to inquire about your child. If your child is enrolled in EDS, they should also be notified at 388-1458. Please do not leave a message on the teacher’s voicemail or email as they may not receive it in a timely fashion. We ask families to limit trips as much as possible during the school year and not to take children out of school for reasons other than illness or emergencies.
If you have an appointment for your child and you need to arrive late or leave early, please let the school office and the teacher know. If you arrive after school has started at 8:30am, you need to sign your child in at the school office and they will need a “tardy slip” to take to their teacher. If your child must leave school at times other than regular dismissal, please send a note to the teacher explaining the reason, the time, and who will pick them up. Children must be signed out in the office when leaving before the end of the school day. When you arrive to pick up your child come to the school office, do not go to the classroom.
We have an excellent parent volunteer system that helps to facilitate the drop-off and pick-up procedures at our school. These parents work hard each day to ensure the safety of our children. Unfortunately, we have a lot of traffic congestion around Park School, especially during the morning drop-off time. The main bottleneck is on Elm Street, where we have cars entering off of E. Blithedale, and other cars going the opposite direction on Elm towards E. Blithedale. Couple this traffic with kids and parents crossing to school and we have a serious congestion issue. To ease the problem, we’ve developed a simple drop-off rule of “in on Elm Street and out on Catalpa, Walnut, or any street other than Elm.” If everyone drops-off in a clockwise circular direction, the Elm Street traffic jam will be much less hectic.
If you can, please walk, bike or scooter to school. Please follow all safety rules of the road including wearing helmets and crossing at crosswalks. Bikes and scooters need to be walked when on school grounds.
Please refrain from bringing your dog to school. While we understand the joys of walking your dog, many children are afraid of animals. Most importantly, dogs are not allowed on campus. Please review the Dog Policy
for more details
After School Plans and Communication
Please make sure that at the beginning of each day your child knows what his/her arrangements are for after school. Except in the case of an emergency, please do not call the office and ask the secretary to deliver messages to your child during the school day. We would like to avoid as many interruptions to classroom learning as possible. We understand that plans may change after your child is sent to school. Here are two ideas parents have shared that will help to get the information to your child. If a different parent will be picking up your child than planned, ask that parent to call you as soon as he or she meets your child at school. Your child can then speak to you directly to confirm the new arrangement. If your child doesn’t know where to go after school, please tell him or her to always go directly to the office. The secretary will be there to help figure out where he or she is supposed to be. Thank you for your cooperation.
Lost and Found
Lost a sweatshirt, lunchbox or even a backpack? It is likely to be at Lost and Found which is located in the hallway between the Library and Room 13. Please check often as items are given to charity periodically throughout the year. It is also a good idea to label jackets, backpacks, lunchboxes, your thermos and other items commonly brought to school. Teachers and administration will make a special attempt to return labeled items.