Frequently Asked Questions
My child will be missing a few days of school, how can we keep them caught up?
Your student can get a Prearranged Absence form from the office. They take it to all their teachers and get the upcoming work they would be missing. Then they take it home and have you, the parent, sign it. Lastly they bring it back to the office where we sign it and keep a copy. Your student will get one copy, so they remember what work they need to do. This is not something that should be done at the last minute, especially since the students do not see all their teachers every day. Ideally the Prearranged Absence form should be filled out a couple of days ahead of time so all parties can do their part. Also this is only used for a multi-day absence. Always have your child check their teachers' websites.
My child will be arriving late. What should I do?
There are a couple of options:
- You can call the attendance line and leave a message. Be sure to leave your child's name and when we should expect them at school.
- When you child arrives at school they can bring a note to the office, from you, excusing their lateness.
- You can come into the office with your child. Your presence is enough to excuse your child.
Please be sure that your child checks in through the office!
Someone else needs to pick my child up early from school, what should I do to arrange this?
We need a note or an email from a parent/guardian authorizing this. It should include your child's name, what time they will be picked up, and who is picking them up.
How do I sign-up for conferences?
Conferences are twice a year, in the Spring and in the Fall. Sign-ups are done electronically through the website. If you have a problem signing up, we are happy to help you. Typically, the sign ups are available a couple of weeks before the actual conferences. A notice will go out in Athey Notes letting you know the sign-up page is available.
How early can my child arrive at school?
Students who have an early class should be here by 8 a.m. The building will be open at 9 a.m., students must wait outside until then. The doors will be locked again at 9:15 a.m. and entry into the building will be through the office only. If students are late, they need to check into the office before going to class.
What is the school policy about cell phones?
Cell phones should not be used during school hours, unless allowed by specific teachers for educational use. Cell phones must be off and away, in their locker from the start of school until the end. If the phone is used in class without permission, the teacher or staff may bring the phone to the office. That staff member will make arrangements for the student to retrieve it. This applies to all electronic devices. Students can come to the office to request to use their phone while in the office for emergency use. If parents need to get in touch with their student, please contact the front office and we can bring the student to the office to talk to you or send them a message.
What if my child is ill? Can they use their cell phone to call home?
Students who need to call should come down to the office. If they are not feeling well, we especially want them to come to the office so we can help them. We do not want children who feel ill to be in the classroom. For their best health, and the health of the students around them, we keep all ill children in the health room until they feel better or someone comes to pick them up. At that time, they can use their phone to call home, after checking with the office.
What do I need to do if I want to pick my child up before school ends?
We request that you send your student to school with a note detailing when they will be picked up. The student should then bring the note into the office before school starts. The office staff will sign off on the note. The student then shows the note to the teacher whose class they will need to leave. At the proper time they can just quietly leave class and come down to the office to meet their parent. Parents will need to meet their students in the office and sign them out. This process makes for less interruption in the classroom. In the case of an unplanned early departure, parents can come to the office and request their student. We can then send for the student and have them come to the office. All students who leave early need to be signed out by a responsible adult who is listed in their emergency contacts.
My student needs to meet with their teacher, what should they do?
Many teachers have regular hours to meet with students outside of classes. If your student needs to meet outside those hours, they can speak to their teacher and set something up, or email them. You can access the teacher emails here.
My child needs to take medication during school, how can they do that?
All medication, even over-the-counter medication, needs to be brought to the office by an adult. All prescription medication, except inhalers, need to be kept in the health room. Your child can come to the office to have medication administered by the office staff. After proper documentation, students are allowed to carry their inhalers with them. OTC medications also need to be logged into the office, but at that time it can be decided if the student can carry them and self-administer or if they will be kept in the health room for administration by the office. If the student carries their OTC meds, they may only carry one day's dosage. At no time are students allowed to share medication.
What is Advisory?
Advisory is a 30 minute-long class that meets twice a week, Tuesdays and Fridays, from 9:15 - 9:45 a.m. It is noted as Period 8 when viewed on their schedule. This will be with a teacher who can build a strong relationship and agile communication about your student's needs, including all school events.
My child needs to take a different bus home, how do we notify the office?
The bus company no longer requires that a student have a note to ride a different bus. However, the office would very much appreciate a note to let us know that YOU know your child is going somewhere different after school. Please send a note with your child that they can drop at the office before school.