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General Policies and Information


Regular attendance is essential to a student’s success in school.  Most academic subjects are taught in sequence, requiring the understanding of each concept in the order of its presentation.  Persistent absenteeism creates a genuine hardship for the students and is regarded as a very serious problem. 

Parents who keep their children at home on a school day should call the school office at 625-6720 between 7:30 and 9:00 am.  If calling after hours, you may leave a message on the recorder.  If you are unable to call the school you may send a note with your student upon his/her return to school.  Please include the student’s full name, the dates of absence and the reason for the absence.  Please make sure to sign the note.  If your child is absent due to illness and has seen a doctor, please get a doctor’s note to excuse the illness.  If your child will be out due to special plans, please see the section below marked Independent Study.

School Release

When you come to pick up the student before the end of the school day, we ask that you come to the school office and sign the student out of school.  This is to safeguard our students.  If the teacher has not sent the student to the office by the time you arrive, we will contact the classroom at that time.  We do not want to be disrupting our classrooms during the day, therefore, we ask that you make sure your child is ready for the day, especially with regard to having lunch/lunch money and that your child is aware of how he/she is getting home.  It is very difficult to reach the classrooms in the afternoon due to various schedules, so we need to make sure students are fully prepared before school begins. We also do not want to disrupt student learning in classrooms.  No student shall be removed from school at any time before proper sign-out procedures have been followed.  Students will only be released to persons listed on the emergency card.  Your cooperation in these procedures adds to your child’s safety.

Student Tardiness

Any student arriving after 8:25 for transitional kindergarten through fifth grade is considered tardy.  Our warning bell rings at 8:20 for all students to line up on the blacktop.  Tardiness is very disruptive to the learning process.  It is essential that children arrive to school on time and ready to learn.  Excessive tardiness will be closely monitored through our school office.   Any students arriving to school late will need to sign in at the office and pick up a tardy pass before going to class.

Obtaining Schoolwork During Absences

If you need schoolwork for a child who is absent, please notify the school office and/or teacher.  Work requests must be made at least 24 hours in advance of pick-up.

Independent Study

If your child will be absent from school for at least five school days, for reasons other than illness, an independent study contract can be prepared by the child’s teacher.  This will provide a continuing educational program for your child and avoid a loss of funding for the school district.  Contracts need to be picked up from the school office and filled out one week prior to student being out. Please provide the school with as much notice as possible.  When the contracted work is completed, the student will be given credit for school attendance for the dates stated in the contract.  We urge you to minimize unnecessary absences by planning vacations during district scheduled days off of school as per the calendar, such as school holidays and breaks.

School Visitors

Almond Grove School considers its parent volunteers as an invaluable resource.  Parents are encouraged and welcomed to visit their child’s classroom, to help in the classroom as well as with other programs and extra-curricular activities.  Please call the office if you have time or skills you can donate to make our school a better place for students to learn and grow

All volunteers and visitors, including parents, must sign in and out of the office.  When you sign in you will receive a visitor pass to wear so it is visible to all staff members.  When you leave, please come through the office and sign out.  Due to liability and safety reasons, please do not bring any younger siblings with you when you are volunteering in your child’s classroom.  Parents arriving prior to 8:25 need to stay in the designated parent area by the yellow lines to help us monitor student safety.  Students should not be on campus prior to 8:00 unless they are eating in the cafeteria as part of our breakfast program.

Change of Address or Contact Information

It is very important, for emergency and administrative reasons, that every student maintains an up-to-date address and phone record at the school office.  Notify the school immediately if you have a change of address or phone number during the school year.

Lost and Found

All clothing and lunch boxes found on the campus are placed in the Lost and Found rack.  Money, jewelry, or articles of value are turned in to the office.  Please label all of your child’s belongings.  Lost and found items not picked up are donated periodically throughout the school year to charity organizations.