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Attendance Policy – SJCSD

For Parents and Students

Visiting: All visitors must check into the front office, sign in on the Keep’n Track computer and present a photo ID. This rule is for your child’s/children’s safety and is strictly enforced. We ask that you do not just “run” to your child’s class, lost and found, cafeteria, etc. It is so important for us to know who is on campus and for what purpose at all times. Thank you for your cooperation in making R. B. Hunt a safe place for your child. As always, we have an open door policy for having lunch with your child. Please make sure to sign in at the front office before proceeding to the cafeteria and to refrain from unscheduled visits to your child’s classroom. Please check with your child’s teacher if you are interested in volunteering and make prior arrangements for visits as to avoid disruptions to valuable teaching time.All volunteers must complete the online volunteer application before volunteering in any capacity. Please see the link “Volunteer Info” on the upper left corner of this page.Attendance: Regular attendance and promptness are very important to a child’s development and learning. It is essential that your child be in school every day unless he/she has an excused absence (illness, death in family, emergency, or religious observance). A written excuse from the parent/guardian should be given to the teacher upon the student’s return to school. A note must be received in order to record an absence as excused, even if you called to inform the office. Please note that School Board Policy now states, “After 15 days of absence, excused or unexcused, a student must have a doctor’s verification for all subsequent absences due to illness”. Please refer to the St. Johns County Student Conduct Code and the link to the SJCSD Attendance Policy on our home page for detailed information on absences.Daily Schedule: School Hours: Mon, Tues, Thur, Fri – 8:30 a.m. to 2:50 p.m. Wednesdays – 8:30 a.m. to 1:50 p.m.

(Early release every Wednesday)

Office Hours: 7:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Arrival: Our cafeteria opens at 7:45 a.m. students arriving prior to 7:45 a.m. must be enrolled in the Morning Extended Day Care program. Breakfast is served from 7:50 a.m. until 8:20 a.m. All students arriving between 7:45 a.m. and 8:00 a.m must go directly to the cafeteria. Students in kindergarten and first grade will go to their assigned table in the cafeteria and remain there until their teacher arrives to pick them up at 8:20 a.m. Beginning at 8:00 a.m. students in 2nd grade report to the Media Center, 3rd and 4th grade students report to the Multi-purpose room and 5th grade students report to the Music room. At 8:20 a.m. teachers escort all students to class. At 8:31 a.m. students are condsidered tardy and must come to the front office with a parent or guardian to sign in and get a tardy slip. Dismissal: 2:30 p.m. – All students should be in their classrooms for afternoon announcements 2:50 p.m. – Bus students are released 2:52 p.m. – Car riders and day cares are released 2:55 p.m. – Walkers and bike riders are released 2:57 p.m. – Extended Day students are released

**Early Dismissal Every Wednesday**

All students are released one hour early on Wednesdays and prior to major holidays. Early Dismissal and/or Dismissal Changes: Please attempt to schedule non-emergency dental and medical appointments after school hours. Requests for early dismissal or changes should be sent in writing on the morning of. A request for early dismissal should include the time of dismissal, the reason, and person picking the child up. Only authorized persons will be allowed to sign students out from school. Persons picking up students early from school will need to come to the front office to sign the child out and present a photo ID. Students will not be checked out after 2:30 p.m. – This is for their own safety! Dismissal changes should be sent in writing and have as much detail as possible. Please refrain from calling the school with dismissal changes for non-emergencies. Please check ahead of time with the school if your child would like to ride a bus home with a friend. Buses are often full and cannot take courtesy riders. Please be sure to put your child’s first and last name, teacher’s name and bus number (if applicable) on every communication sent to school. Communications: Please keep us informed regarding your child’s needs and any concerns you may have about his or her progress. Teachers may be contacted by note, telephone, or email. E-mail is the preferred method of communication as teachers and staff check their email frequently throughout the day. For a list of staff emails, please click on the “Staff Directory” tab on our homepage. If you call during the school day, you may leave a message for your child’s teacher on voice-mail or with the school receptionist. Calls will not be put through to the classroom unless it is an emergency. Please allow your child’s teacher 24 hours to respond. Please notify the school immediately if you have a change in address or phone number. A weekly newsletter, The Hunts Catch Up, is sent home each Friday. Look for this publication so you will be aware of all important school news (holidays, special events, ceremonies, parties, date changes, etc.). An electronic copy of our newsletter is posted in PDF format each week, click on the “Newsletter” tab on our home page to access it. Please take a few moments to read and discuss the Hunt’s Catch-Up with your child.

* Dress Code Guidelines: Our school dress code is based on the dress code outlined in the St. Johns County Student Conduct Code. Modesty, good taste and reasonableness define our dress code:

  • Please refrain from wearing spaghetti straps or backless shirts
  • Please refrain from wearing hats or other headgear inside the building
  • Sandals must have a strap across the heel, sneakers should be worn by all students on their PE day

Requests for Make-up Work: If you child/children are out sick or misses school for two days or more, you may call the front office at 547-7960 to request make-up work. Make-up will be available in the front office for pick up after 3:00 p.m. Clinic: Should your child become injured or sick while at school, or runs a temperature above normal, you will be contacted by school personnel to pick up your child from school. Students must be symptom free for 24 hours before returning to school. If it is necessary for a student to take medication –prescription or over the counter — during school hours, parent and child’s physician must sign a St. Johns County Medication Administration Form authorizing school personnel to administer medication. Forms are available from our clinic or for download at the “Clinic/Health Information” quick link. Please note that students should never have medications (prescription or over the counter) in their possession, this includes cough drops, lip balm and sunscreen. Conferences: Our school improvement plan calls for two school-wide parent/teacher conference days. These conferences provide an opportunity for parents to review work, share concerns, and have students set goals for themselves. If you wish to have a conference with your child’s teacher, please schedule it in advance by e-mail, phone, or note. Our teachers’ schedules do not provide time for drop-in conferences. Textbooks: Textbooks are provided for free of charge by the St. Johns County School District. Any lost or damaged textbooks, workbooks or library books must be paid for. Please contact the front office for replacement costs. Lost and Found: Please write your child’s name on all jackets, sweaters, sweatshirts, backpacks, lunchboxes, etc. If your child loses an article of clothing or other item, it will be placed in the cubbies outside of the cafeteria. Please check the lost and found often. Unclaimed items are donated to a charitable organization twice a year. Telephone Use/Cell phone policy: Students are not allowed to use the school telephone without permission from school personnel. Generally, students may use the phone to call for forgotten lunches, lunch money, field trip money, feeling unwell or if they are not sure how they are getting home. Students may not use the phone to make arrangements to go home with friends or have friends over, ask for forgotten homework or projects, or for other personal reasons. Students may have a cell phone with them for emergency use, but it must remain off and in their backpacks during school hours.  School Spirit Day Every Friday is “School Spirit Day.” Students, teachers and staff are encouraged to wear red and white on Fridays.