ARRIVALS AND DEPARTURES
School begins at 8:30 A.M. Children must not arrive at school until 8:15 A.M. Adult supervision is not available until 8:15 A.M. All children proceed directly to the playground areas from 8:15 A.M until the first bell.
Valentine is a closed campus during the time that students are present from 8:15 AM- 2:50 PM each day. Only students and staff are to enter and remain on campus during this time. Entry to the campus for visitors is limited to adults with prearranged appointments or scheduled volunteer opportunities. All visitors must wear at all times an approved ID badge. All entry to our campus must be made at our office gate.
On rainy days students should proceed directly to their classroom door. Students will need to wait quietly in the corridor outside their classroom between 8:15-8:30 AM. Students who are in classrooms (portables) along the west side of the playground will wait in the lunch court area.
Arriving late to school:
Good citizenship and academic achievement begin with prompt school arrival. If a child does arrive after his/her class begins, please have him/her report to the office first to receive an arrival slip before going to class.
Irregular departures during school hours:
State law requires that students be in attendance at school for the entire scheduled day. Any irregular departures or early release requests during the school day are considered excused absences only if the reason for leaving school meets the criteria for excused absences listed in the Absence section in this handbook. Missed school work will be provided for those students meeting the excused absence criteria when they return to school.
Any irregular departure from school requires notification from the parent. Please have your child bring a note requesting the early dismissal to the school office before the school day begins. Include in the note: the student’s name, teacher’s name, date and time of pick up, and the name and relationship of the person picking up the student. A blue slip from the office informs the teacher that this request has been approved by the principal.
Students must be picked up and signed out in the office. Students will not be dismissed from the classroom until the authorized person picking them up has arrived in the office. Please plan in your schedule adequate time for your child to gather their belongings and walk to the office after you have arrived. Please do not request that your child's teacher has your child ready and waiting for you in the office at a specific time. Our teachers' focus during the school day is on instruction for our students.
If someone other than a parent is sent to pick up your child during school hours and you did not send a written note before school with your child authorizing us to release your child to them, then you must send a signed note by FAX to the office requesting us to release your child to that person- even if that person is listed on the emergency card. Our FAX number is 626-299-7094.
If the child returns before school is over, please remember to sign him/her in at the office.
Emergency Student Release:
Children are released during the school day only to those people listed on their emergency forms. If there are changes or additions to the information on this form, please notify the school office in writing immediately. This form is the only way the school knows how to reach you or your designated contacts in an emergency; it must be kept up to date. Children may not be released during school hours to ride bicycles or walk home alone. In the primary grades, when a child is going to someone else’s home after school, it is advisable to inform the teacher of any changes in the normal procedure.
Students should leave the school grounds promptly when dismissed from class. Children may not wait on campus for older siblings to be dismissed. Supervision is provided only at the Virginia Road Circle and the Huntington Drive Circle from 2:30 to 2:40 P.M. for students in GradesTK,K, 1, 2, & 3 and from 2:50 to 3:00 P.M. for grades 4 & 5. Supervision is not provided from 2:40 to 2:50 P.M. Please arrive on time to pick up your student. The Kindergarten Circle is closed for all pick-up at the end of the school day.
Supervision is not provided after school in other locations on campus including the playground, lunch court or the green wall. Students may not be unattended without adult supervision in these areas or on campus. Please do not direct your children to wait in these areas. Parents, please do not wait with your children in grades K-3 in the playground area after school. PE classes are still in session on the playground until 2:50 PM.
Students should be on campus only during school hours. Children should be in the corridors ONLY during school hours and on the playground ONLY during supervised times. Children may not return to school after 4:00 P.M. or on weekends unless accompanied by an adult. The School District has a policy that facility use is by permit only. Signs are posted at Valentine regarding this policy.