Parent Responsibilities


Regular daily attendance is essential for all students. Children whose attendance is irregular lose the important continuity of instruction and are hindered in learning. It is vital for you, as parents, to establish with your children the habit of consistent attendance and punctuality.

It is also expected that family vacations will be scheduled during school recesses so those students will not miss regularly scheduled school days.

When students are truly ill, however, please keep them at home so the other students and teachers will not be infected. When a child returns to school following an absence, he or she must bring a dated, written excuse from a parent or guardian, giving the specific reason for the absence. Our school attendance office will call home to inquire why your child is absent and to remind you to send in a note when your child returns to school.

Bus Conduct & Info

Responsibility for students using buses rests with parents until students actually board the bus or exit the bus at end of day.

Students should:

  • Be on time.
  • Behave properly.
  • Sit in seat.
  • Obey driver and/or bus aide.
  • Acts of misconduct may lead to student’s temporary suspension from all transportation privileges.

Acts not tolerated:

  • Pushing
  • Swearing
  • Rough conduct
  • Refusal to comply with instructions

Items not allowed on bus:

  • Animals, pets
  • Guns, knives (real or otherwise)
  • Glass objects
  • Large toys (baseball bats, sticks)
  • Skis
  • Fireworks of any kind (including caps)
  • Radios

Special Reminder to Parents:

  • No student will depart from bus en route.
  • A parental note is required for student to take a different bus or change a drop off destination.
  • No bus changes made via phone call.
  • A parental note is necessary when a child is to be picked up and does not take the bus home.

Bus changes

Bus notes are REQUIRED of children who wish to ride on a school bus other than their assigned route to and from school. Parents are required to send a signed note to school which states the date, the name of the child for whom the change is requested, the name (and/or address) of the alternate location requested, and the school bus route, if known. Student then presents the bus note to the driver.

For the safety of students, changes made by phone will not be honored.

Bus discipline

Occasionally students will be involved in behavioral incident on our school buses. When that happens, bus driver’s will report bus safety discipline violations to the school principal. Upon receipt of the first report, the principal speaks with the student and notifies the parent in writing. Upon a second incident, within 30 days, the student is suspended from riding the bus.

Any questions concerning bus problems, bus routes, stops, schedules, bus driver’s conduct, etc. should be reported to both the Principal, 845-794-4240 and Transportation Supervisor, 845-794-8570.

(A note is required if your child is not to ride the bus. Without a note from a parent, your child will be placed on the bus as usual.

Emergency Cards

You will receive an emergency card for each of your children on which you should list phone numbers of people to notify in the event your child may become ill or injured during the school hours. In the best interest of your child, we urge you to complete and return these cards promptly each year. Any change of a student’s personal status should be reported to the school office in advance, including: moving (within or out of the district), telephone number change, name change (family or individual), and temporary residence change due to family emergency.

Field trips

Field trips within our school district and to nearby points of interest are scheduled by various classroom teachers throughout the school year. These trips are designed to supplement different aspects of the classroom curriculum and to introduce students to the resources of the community. Parents will receive notices of field trips in advance of the scheduled trip date and will be asked to sign a field trip permission form. Sometimes a small amount of money may be requested from each student to defray the costs. Permission slips and money must be turned over to the teacher before the day of the trip.

Health Service info

School health services are those activities directly concerned with the present health status of the school child. Complete evaluation of each child’s health includes: health assessments and observations by those closely concerned with the child; screening of vision and hearing by the school nurse; weighing and measuring and inspection for cleanliness. Each student new to the district, and every child enrolled in grade 3 must have a recent health examination. Either a school physician or family doctor can perform this examination.

Chronic illness 

The office needs to know of chronic illnesses such as asthma, rheumatic fever, diabetes, allergies, etc. We need definite written instructions on file should an emergency arise.

Illness at school 

You will be called if your child becomes ill at school. A neighbor or friend’s phone number must be listed with our office on the emergency card. Please keep this information updated. We must be able to reach parents at all times.


Under no circumstances may a student be permitted to self-administer medicine. Only medication prescribed by a physician may be administered in school by a school nurse, per physician’s written instructions. These medications must be delivered to the Nurse’s Office by an adult; please do not send medications with your child. School personnel cannot administer over-the-counter drugs in school.


The classroom teacher schedules snack time. We encourage children to bring satisfying, nutritious snacks to school. Candy is not permitted. There are a variety of a la carte items available in our cafeteria. Students may not charge snack items.