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Arrival/Dismissal Procedures

WS Boardman Elementary School
IMPORTANT INFORMATION
2021-2022

OPENING DAY ITEMS

The opening day of school will be Wednesday, September 1st.  September 1, 2 and 3 will all be half days.  Our first full day of school will be on Thursday, September 9th.  Below is our dismissal schedule for the three half days.  A detailed description of our dismissal procedures and locations can be found below.

Dismissal Times for 9/1, 9/2 & 9/3

10:55 AM – Grades 1 & 6
11:00 AM – Grades 2 & 5
11:05 AM – Grades 3 & 4

Breakfast will not be served on 9/1-9/3.  Breakfast will begin being served on 9/9.

School Supplies: Students should not bring all of their school supplies on the first day of school.  They will only need several pencils, folders, notebooks and crayons (for our younger students).  They should only bring what can fit in their book bags.  For our three half days, students do not need to bring lunch or a snack.  Teachers will reach out to parents with information regarding when students should bring in their remaining school supplies.

TELEPHONE DIRECTORY
                                                                                                           
Main Office - Mrs. Ferris and Mrs. Ambort  - 678-8510
Nurse’s Office - Mrs. Garofalo - 678-8514        
Psychologist – Dr. Petrino  - 678-8516
Social Worker – Betzaida Nieves - 678-1391        

MORNING ARRIVAL

School begins at 8:15 AM.  Children should not arrive at school earlier than 8:05 AM, as we do not have outdoor supervision before this time.  The only exceptions would be those children who have scheduled early morning instruction or are at school for the breakfast program.

This year, we will only be utilizing the main entrance for arrival.  Unfortunately, we will NOT be permitting parents to accompany their child into the building on the first day of school.

If you drive your child to school, please use the Beatrice Avenue entrance.  Drive around the circle and pull up to the designated drop off area.  After dropping your child off, please make a left turn and exit the school complex on Beatrice Avenue or on Alice Avenue.  DO NOT form a double lane of cars.  This would force children to cross between cars, causing a VERY DANGEROUS situation.

Students should be able to unbuckle their seatbelts when the car comes safely to a stop.  They should be able to leave the car without assistance.  Please do not leave the car.  We encourage parents of younger students to practice this procedure at home, prior to the first day of school.

DISMISSAL

This year, our dismissal will be staggered.  Please refer to the schedule below:

DISMISSAL

This year, our dismissal will be staggered.  Please refer to the schedule below:

2:55 PM – Grades 1 & 6
3:00 PM – Grades 2 & 5
3:05 PM – Grades 3 & 4


All students will be dismissed through the rear entrance, near the Mahlon Brower Parking Lot.  This includes students who walk home on their own and students who are picked up by parents

Parents, please park your cars on Mahlon Brower Drive.  Please do not park in the faculty lot.  This will help to ensure that our dismissal area is as safe as possible.  There is adequate parking on Mahlon Brower.  Our staggered dismissals will further help to ensure that there is adequate parking.

After parking, please walk to the designated pickup area.  Please do not do this before the designated time above.  In addition, please do not cross the designated boundary.  On the first day of school, please look for a sign with your child’s teacher’s name.

If your child has permission to walk home alone, please notify your child’s teacher via email or in a written letter on the first day of school.  Teachers will dismiss walkers with the rest of the class from the dismissal area. 

BUSES

Please review general vehicle safety rules with your child before they board the bus.  This includes remaining in their seats throughout the duration of the bus ride. In the morning, buses will arrive at the Mahlon Brower parking lot entrance.  Students will be supervised by school staff as they unload the bus and enter the building. PM Bus dismissal will take place from the front loop area. To ensure that students can load their buses safely, no other students will be dismissed from the front of the school. 

No parent cars should enter the front loop area during dismissal.

PARENT PHONE CALLS/CHANGE OF PLANS

We need your help in finalizing your child’s after-school plans at home to alleviate last-minute phone calls during the school day.  We understand that sometimes, unexpected circumstances occur.  If a dismissal change must be made after the start of the school day, please adhere to the established procedure.  Any change of dismissal plans must be preceded by a written note or email from a parent to the teacher with the date and signature of the parent.  We will not release any child unless we have this in writing.  If emailing, you must also “cc” our main office staff: lambort@oceansideschools.org & aferris@oceansideschools.org

In addition, any last minute change in the CARES or JCC after school programs must be received by email, fax or in person.   Please finalize dismissal plans before the start of the school day.  Following this procedure above is crucial as we work to dismiss approximately 300 students. Safety is our priority.  Thank you for your cooperation!

Please ensure that each morning, your child has everything they will need for the day, including lunch, instruments, etc.  The drop-off of forgotten items can cause a disruption to your child’s day and our general school operations.

FOOD SERVICES

Breakfast will NOT be served on 9/1-9/3.  Breakfast will begin being served on 9/9.
Breakfast will be available from 7:30 AM - 8:15 AM. 

Breakfast is free of charge.  Any child who attends the breakfast program MUST eat breakfast.  Children will not be allowed into breakfast before 7:30 AM since there is no supervision before that time.

Lunch is free of charge.  The lunch menu and additional information can be found on the Oceanside School District website.

Lunch Period Schedule

11:05- Grades 1, 5 & 6
12:10- Grades 2, 3 & 4

ALLERGIES

We are committed to providing a safe and welcoming environment for all of the children in our school. With this in mind, our school is entirely NUT FREE.  This includes both peanuts and tree nut products.  Please thoroughly check food labels to ensure that your child’s snack and lunch are nut free.

Shortly, you will receive a list of any additional allergies in your child’s class.  Please avoid sending in any snacks or lunches that contain these allergens. 

In addition, we will not be permitting any food items for birthday celebrations.

ABSENCES

If your child is going to be absent from school, please call the nurse’s office at 678-8514 first thing in the morning.  In the event that our nurse doesn’t hear from you, she will call home on the morning of your child’s first day of absence.  A note explaining the cause of absence is required when your child returns to school and should be given to your child’s teacher. If your child is going to be absent for several days and you are requesting class work or homework to be sent home, please call the office in the morning so that this can be arranged. Please do not call in the afternoon requesting homework; it is important we provide the classroom teachers enough time to gather the necessary materials.

SCHOOL MESSENGER NOTIFICATION: We will continue to utilize an automated phone and email system to inform you of important school and PTA events, snow emergencies and delayed openings. Please be sure to update your email address on all forms this year.