Policies & Procedures


Regular School Hours:

8:35 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Minimum Day Schedule:

8:35 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

There is no lunch on Minimum Days.

Absence Line/Homework Requests

Please call 201-670-9232 if your child will be out of school for any reason. This number is on 24 hours a day. If you choose to request homework, please email your child’s teacher directly prior to 9:00 a.m.  Any work from the teacher can be picked up in the Main Office after 3:00 p.m.

Arrival to School

There is no supervision of students before 8:35 a.m.,  therefore students should not be on school property without an adult. Children are not permitted on the playground before school.

At 8:35 a.m., instructional aides and Safety Patrol members will open grade level doors and welcome our students. The doors will remain open until 8:45 a.m. After 8:45 a.m., students are considered late to school and must enter the building on Morningside Road for a late pass.

Dismissal From School

For safety reasons, students should go directly home after dismissal. Students are not permitted on the playground without adult supervision.

Students will be dismissed from their grade level door each day in accordance with the  "Dismissal Plan" parents sign on the first day of school.
  • Please send your child with a note if someone other than a parent or guardian will pick up your child.
  • In an emergency, you may telephone the Main Office with a change to your pick up plan.  Please do not call the office for last minute playdate arrangements.

Traffic Safety Rules
Walking to school or parking and walking to school is the best way to help avoid traffic problems.

If you do choose to drive to school, please adhere to the following traffic rules:
  • During peak drop-off and pick up times, California and Morningside are "Stop, drop and go."
  • During peak drop-off and pick up times, California Street is ONE WAY. 
  • Please do not make a left from Bedford Road onto Morningside Road.  
  • Never get out of your car in the drop-off zone. If your child is unable to get out without assistance, park your car in a parking space and walk your child.
  • Park in designated areas only. Do not park where “No Parking” signs are posted.
  • Use the sidewalks and crosswalks, especially when you have children with you.
  • Children must exit on the curb side only!
  • Do not cut around other cars to get closer, reverse or make U-TURNS.

Inclement Weather
In the event of significant inclement weather, in addition to the regular grade level doors, the California Street door as well as the Morningside Road door will be open to students as early as 8:30 a.m.

Procedure for Students Leaving School Early

Children leaving school during school hours for any reason, including to go home for lunch, must be signed out in the school office. The responsible adult should report to the main office and complete the data in the sign-out book. 

Food in the Classroom

Students in grades K-5 will be permitted to have a snack at a time in the morning designated by the classroom teacher.  At teacher discretion, schoolwork may continue while the students are consuming their snacks.  It is important to keep snacks simple, healthy and mess-free.  Some suggestions are: raw vegetables, fruit, rice cakes and pretzels.  Specifically not permitted are peanuts (and all nut products), candy and desserts. Food should not be brought to school for general consumption.

Birthdays/Class Parties

Classroom parties are held in celebration of Halloween, December Break, Valentine's Day, and the End of the Year and are organized by the assigned classroom parents and teacher. The dessert served to the class must be nut free and store bought with ingredients clearly listed.

Student birthdays are celebrated by announcing the child's name during morning announcements and giving the birthday child a special gift from the Principal. Students are not permitted to bring in any food items or gifts to celebrate their birthday.


Children may eat lunch at home or remain at school. If your child is going home for lunch, you must come into the Main Office to sign your child out and back in when he/she returns.

Lunch is divided into 20 minutes for eating and 20 minutes for recess. Your child will be eating lunch either in  the cafeteria or outside in a designated area. In each location, there is a designated "peanut free" table. 

Lunch and Recess Schedule


11:30 - 11:52 - Grade K Lunch; Grades 1 & 2 Recess

11:52 - 12:15 - Grades 1 & 2 Lunch; K Recess

12:20-12:42 - Grades 3 & 4 Lunch; Grade 5 Recess

12:42 - 1:05 - Grade 5 Lunch; Grades 3 & 4 Recess

Children may bring a packed lunch or pre-order lunch through "Village Fresh."  If you need to drop off a lunch, please deliver it to the cooler outside the Morningside Road entrance before 11:00 a.m.  Please ensure the lunch bag is securely closed and your child’s name and class are written on the outside. Lunches are not permitted to be dropped off by third party vendors.
Cell Phones and Smart Watches

Cell phone/smart watch use is not permitted while elementary students are in school. A cell phone and/or smart watch must be turned off and left in the student’s backpack during school hours.