ATTENDANCE AND SCHEDULES
Prompt and regular attendance at school is very important to the education of children. It also instills in children important values and behavior patterns that carry throughout their lives. We strongly encourage parents to actively assist the school in teaching children the importance of being on time and attending school regularly.
|Student arrival and dismissal times are as follows:|
|Grades||M, T, Th, F||Wed||Minimum Day Schedule|
|AM Kinders||8am - 11:20am||8am - 11:20am||8am - 11:20am|
|PM Kinders||11:25am -2:45pm||10:10am - 1:30pm||8am - 11:20am|
|Grades 1-5||8:15am - 2:15pm||8:15am - 1:30pm||8:15am - 12:40pm|
Kindergarten and PEP students should arrive approximately 5 minutes prior to class beginning, and wait in front of the classrooms. All other students should arrive no earlier than 8:00 AM, which is when the upper (east) playground supervision begins. (There is no supervision prior to 8:00 AM). Parents may wait with their child on the upper playground on the east side of the school, but should leave campus once school begins unless volunteering in the classroom.
If your child is going to miss school for any reason, please do the following:
Send a note in with your child stating the time your child will be picked up, by whom, and the reason for the early release.
Go to the school office, not the classroom. Teachers can not release a student to a parent directly from the classroom.
Sign the release form in the office. The office staff will call the classroom and your child will meet you in the office.
All adults must be prepared to show photo identification.
This simple procedure protects your child. We will not release a student to anyone except the parent, legal guardian, or a person you have authorized to pick up your child. Please list all authorized individuals on the emergency card.
Independent study contracts are available in the event that an important family trip cannot be scheduled during regular school holidays. Students qualify for Independent Study contracts when planned absences are a minimum of 5 days in duration:
Disruptions to your child's school attendance can have a significant impact on his or her academic performance. Please consider this carefully before you decide to remove your child from school for several days at a time. Independent study contracts keep your child “in touch” with class curriculum while they’re away, and allows the school and the district to receive ADA (Average Daily Attendance) funds from the state. Before your child leaves school, you will need to fill out important paperwork.Please follow these procedures:
When To Keep Your Child At Home
It is often difficult for parents to know whether their children are too sick to attend school. For their well-being as well as for their classmates, please keep them home when they are sick. The following are some general guidelines:
This list is not comprehensive and any time your student is not well it is advised that you keep them home for observation. Please keep in mind that these guidelines are to protect all students and staff members and when your child displays the above symptoms they will be sent home from school. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Pennekamp health office.
Taking Medicine at School
The California Education Code 49423 requires that if medication is to be taken by a child while he is in school then the school must have:
This applies to any medication to be taken for one or more days. The medication should be kept in the school health office. It is the child’s responsibility to come for it at the proper time.
If your child is on continuing medication at home, please inform the health office.
If your student sustains an injury that requires he/she wear a brace or cast, please provide the health office with a physician’s note indicating any restrictions that may apply while he/she is at school (i.e. P.E. excuse).