Verakids' Parent and Student Handbook
School Attendance Information for Parents Introduction Receiving a good full-time education will give your child the best possible start in life.
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To all students
We extend a warm welcome to all students entering Verakids has a history of academic excellence, and we encourage all our students to continue on this path of excellence. We have a variety of extra-curricular activities that offer each student an opportunity to take part in one or more activities of his or her choosing. We look forward to working with the parents or guardians of our students. The Partnership of parents/guardians and teachers helps each student reach his/her potential. A complete listing of local policy is contained in the Policy Manual of Verakids.
We are a learning community dedicated to the success of every student.
VISION OF THE SCHOOL
Verakids’s faculty and staff are committed to helping each student achieve excellence in learning, social responsibility, and self-worth to attain career/college readiness and life-long success.
ADMISSION AND IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS
Students entering Verakids for the first time must present proof of age, residency address. Students entering preschool & kindergarten must have reached the age of 4 before January 1st of the current school year.
Verakids does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, colour, religion, national origin, age or handicap in the provision of educational programs, activities, or opportunities.
This, and any, type of harassment will not be tolerated. Students should report any incident of harassment to his/her teacher, counselor, or principal.
Students should tell their teacher, guidance counselor, or other school employee if they feel they are being neglected, hurt, or abused by someone or if they know a friend who is neglected or abused.
All visitors are required to report to the office when entering the school, sign a logbook. The faculty and administration welcomes the opportunity to meet with you and discuss your concerns.
Please schedule a time to meet with your child’s teacher after class so this does not interrupt instructional time. If a parent needs to give his/her child a message, they must go to the office and the child will be called.
Our school opens for students at 9:00 and students should NOT arrive before this time. School begins at 9:00 a.m. Students should enter through the front of the building. Parents are asked to report to the office and make arrangements to visit classrooms. Safety is our primary concern.
Being at school and class on time is essential for optimum teaching, learning, and earning promotion to the next grade. School bus transportation is provided. For this reason, tardiness related to car problems, traffic, oversleeping, etc. are not valid reasons for tardiness.
•Three tardies or unexcused early dismissals within the same quarter will result in a warning being issued and the parent notified by the attendance clerk.
•On the fifth tardy or unexcused early school dismissals within the same quarter, the student will have a mandatory meeting with the school principal and/or District Attendance Director.
SIGN – OUT
When it becomes necessary for a student to leave during the course of the school day, he/she must be signed out in the school office by the parent, guardian, or parent designee. No student is to leave campus for any reason at any time unless he/she has been properly signed out. The individual signing the student out is to report to the office. The office will then contact the student. Authorization cards (yellow cards) are to be filled out when a student registers. Only persons whose name appears on the student’s card will be allowed to sign the student out.
STUDENTS SIGNED OUT EARLY OR REPORTING LATE WILL ACCUMULATE TIME COUNTING TOWARDS A DAY’S ABSENCE.
Students going home with other students must have a note signed from the parents stating who the student will be leaving with and on which bus the student will be riding. This note must be brought to the office and initialed by the secretary and then given back to the student to give to the bus driver. This gives the student permission to ride the bus for that day. All arrangements must be made in advance or the student will follow their regular routine.
Due to safety concerns, student drop off will not be allowed before 9:00 a.m.
If you want to drop off your child not using our school bus, you must hand over your child to our teacher for the safety.
School is dismissed at 2:00 and 4:00 for preschool and kindergarten. Students who walk home or ride with parents may leave at this time. Students who go home with our school bus should be on the bus on time for the schedule.