Absences and Tardies

    ​Before and After School Policy

    COMMUNICATION WITH THE SCHOOL OFFICE:

    Absences

    Parents are asked to please call the office at (720) 561-3500 by 8:45 a.m. if a child will be late or absent. You may call in the evening and leave a message if you know your child will miss the following day at school. To leave a message in the main office voicemail box press 0 once the machine answers.

    Tardiness

    We believe that regular school attendance and being on time is of the utmost importance. All students should be in attendance areas at 8:30 a.m. when school begins. A student arriving after 8:30 a.m. needs to report to the office before proceeding to class. We realize some tardies are involuntary, such as accidents and weather. It is our goal to reduce voluntary tardies. Students are held accountable for completion of missed work due to either voluntary or involuntary tardies. The staff will identify students with chronic tardiness and provide appropriate intervention to reduce tardies.

    Early Dismissals

    Parents who need to have a child dismissed early or excused from school for a brief period of time should see their child’s teacher to determine the necessary arrangements. Also, please stop by the office to sign your child out. Students who return for the remainder of the day, need to check back into the office.

    After school arrangements need to be made prior to the beginning of school. Students are not allowed to use the school phones to make play dates. It is not always possible to get a message to a classroom during the last minutes of the day. We understand that emergencies come up and we will try to help when that happens.

    Before and After School Procedures
    (Approved/established by Bear Creek SCDM, 10-3-02)

    For your child’s safety, students should be dropped off at Bear Creek no earlier than 8:20 a.m. when supervision begins in the morning. After school supervision ends 15 minutes after dismissal so be sure your child has been picked up by 3:10 p.m. Any student who remains will be brought to the office so that parents may be contacted. Please be sure to take care of communication for any after school plans before dropping your child off for the day. The safety of your child is our utmost concern.

    If for some reason you need to have your students at Bear Creek early, we invite you to supervise them until 8:20 a.m. when teacher supervision begins. Students may not drop their belongings in their classroom until the bell rings at 8:30 a.m.

    On days with inclement weather, there will be a sign posted on the fence near the flagpole, as well as by the front door to indicate if children may proceed to their classroom at 8:30. The teachers who are outside on duty will determine if students may enter the school. Parents may drop their child off at their classroom doors where students should follow their classroom teacher’s instructions. Supervision in the classroom will be provided by the classroom teacher for that morning.​

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