To report an absence
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. 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.
School begins at 8:15 amThe school yard opens at 7:45 am. From 7:45-8:15 am there will be supervision in the school yard. At 8:10 am, the first bell rings and children can enter their classrooms. At 8:15 am, the second bell rings and school begins.
Arriving lateIf your child needs to arrive late or leave early, please let the school office and the teacher know. If you arrive after school has started at 8:15 am, you need to sign your child in at the school office and they will need a tardy slip to take to their teacher.
Leaving earlyIf 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.
ArrivalStudents should arrive at school no earlier than 7:45 am. Students are not to enter the halls before school but should go directly to the playground except on rainy days when they should go to their classrooms.
Other Things to Know
Drop-off ProceduresWe 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. Please pay attention to the instructions of the volunteer traffic coordinators. We have a lot of traffic congestion around school, especially during the morning drop-off time. If possible, please walk, bike or scooter to school. Follow all safety rules of the road including wearing helmets and crossing at crosswalks. Walk bikes and scooters on school grounds.
Please do not bring your dog to school during school hours. While we understand the joy of walking your dog, many children are afraid of animals. Most importantly, dogs are not allowed on campus during the school day.
Extended Day Services (EDS)On-site extended care is offered through (Bright Horizons) from 7:30 am 8:15 am, and after school to 6:30 pm Separate programs are available for K-3 and 4-5 grade students. EDS is also open on school closure days, and winter and spring breaks, from 7:30 am-6:30 pm. Please contact the EDS Site Director at 383-6204 for information on registration and fees. The EDS main office is 331-7766. The Strawberry Point Bright Horizons' is a great place to get additional information about the Bright Horizons programs and mission.
Enrichment ClassesMill Valley Parks and Recreation organizes a host of interesting, educational and fun after school classes. Options range from art and drama to sports and foreign languages. Classes change seasonally and it is likely you will find something on the schedule that interests your child. For a complete schedule, more information or to register for Enrichment Classes, please contact: Mill Valley Parks and Recreation at (415) 383-1370 or visit the MVPR Website.
Classroom VisitsParents who wish to visit their children's classrooms may do so by making arrangements with the school office or directly with the teacher. All volunteers and visitors are expected to check in with the school office and obtain a visitor's pass.
Students may not leave the campus from the time they arrive until after school is dismissed. If your child must leave school at times other than regular dismissal, please send a note to the school office explaining the reason, the time and who will pick him or her up. Children must be signed out in the office when leaving before the end of their school day.