School Start / Dismissal Times
Primary and Intermediate Schools:
Start at 8:45 a.m.
Dismissal at 3:30 p.m.
Tardy after 8:55 a.m.
Half-day dismissal at noon.
Middle and High Schools:
Start at 7:44 a.m.
Dismissal at 2:39 p.m.
Tardy after 7:50 a.m.
Half-day dismissal at 11:00 a.m.
Children who turn five on or before Dec. 1 are eligible to attend school beginning the preceding September. Kindergarten registration is held in March. Children who turn six on or before Dec. 1 must attend school from the start of classes in September of that school year. Children who turn six years of age after Dec. 1 must attend school the following September.
The State Health Department requires that ALL students entering school must be immunized for Diphtheria and Tetanus (3), Polio (3), regular Measles, Mumps and Rubella (2), and Hepatitis B (3). Contact your child’s building nurse for more information about immunizations.
Children who turn 16 during the school year must remain in school until the end of that school year.
Absence From School
Any absence from school requires a note from the parent or guardian as to the reason for the absence. Legal absences, according to the State Education Department, are: sickness, sickness or death in the family, impassable roads or weather, religious observance, quarantine, required to be in court, attendance at health clinics, approved cooperative work program, approved college visits and military obligations. Absence or tardiness for any other reason is considered unexcused, and will be so entered on the student’s record. Each student who has been absent must bring in a written excuse from home on the day of returning to school.
Early Release from School
Written excuses by a parent or guardian is necessary for the dismissal of a student before regular dismissal time. Music lessons or other out-of-school activities should not be scheduled during regular school hours. If your child is to be picked up by someone other than a parent or guardian, please advise the main office in your child’s building. The parent/guardian or other authorized person must sign the student out at the main office. Classroom teachers cannot release students unless authorized by the principal or his/her designee.