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In This Handbook
  • Welcome Parents
  • Statement of Philosophy
  • Phone Numbers
  • Daily Bell Schedule
  • APS Attendancce Policy
  • Attendance Procedures
  • Back to School Family Night
  • Before/After School Care
  • Bikes, Scooters and Skateboards
  • Birthday PArties
  • Bus Service/Student Transportation
  • Cafeteria
  • Classroom Observations
  • Custody Issues
  • Disability Harassment
  • Discipline Policy
  • Dress Code
  • Electronic Devices
  • Emergency Information
  • Evacuation Instruction
  • Field Trips
  • Fire Drill and Lockdown Procedures
  • Flag Display and Pledge of Allegiance
  • General School Rules
  • Homework
  • Illnnes/Injury
  • Immunization Requirements
  • Inclement Weather
  • Internet Access by Students
  • Join-A-School Program
  • Late Arrivals
  • Leaving School
  • Library
  • Lost and Found
  • Medications
  • Nightly Reading
  • Parent Involvement
  • Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • Parking Lot Safety
  • Pets
  • Photography/Videotaping of School Events
  • Physical Education
  • Progress Reports
  • Parent Teacher Association (PTA)
  • Redistribution Policy
  • Safety
  • Student Messages
  • Student Placement
  • Student Testing
  • Toys
  • Transferring Out of School
  • Visitors
  • Watch D.O.G.S.
  • Website

Parent Handbook

Handbook Essentials

Attendance Procedures:

Each day your child is absent or going to be late, please contact the school absentee number before 8:30 AM. Attendance is checked every morning, beginning at 8:30AM. A call from the automated system at City Center verifying your child’s absence from class will go out to parents starting at 8:30AM. The school attendance number is 344-5269 x56765. This number is to report absences only.

If a student is absent from school more than three days, parents may contact the teacher regarding homework. One school day will be needed to prepare the assignments. No extended homework will be provided for vacations or out-of-town trips. Classroom work must be made up according to District Policy.

If a student must be removed from school early for any excused reason, you must come to the office and sign the child out. We will not call a child out-of-class until a parent is physically in the office (you cannot telephone ahead for your child to be called to the office). We will not release a child to a parent waiting in a car outside. We do this in order to be able to identify those persons picking up children and to insure the safety of your children. Your cooperation and understanding is appreciated.  Please be prepared to show a photo ID when picking up a student from school.

Dress Code:

Appropriate dress in school is essential to the learning process, and we ask for your support in enforcing our dress code. We subscribe to the district’s policy, which is as follows:

“The Board of Education expects student dress and grooming to reflect high standards of personal conduct so that each student’s attire promotes a positive, safe and healthy atmosphere within the school. Student dress may not present a health or safety hazard, violate municipal or state law or present a potential for disruption to the instructional program. Attire or accessories, which advertise, display or promote any drug, including alcohol or tobacco, sexual activity, violence, disrespect and/or bigotry towards any group are not acceptable. Unacceptable clothing and accessories include, but are not limited to, gang-related attire, excessively tight or revealing clothes, short shorts, and bare midriff, low-cut and/or off the shoulder blouses, spiked jewelry, chains, and belts with more than 2 inches excess. ‘Sagging’, or the wearing of pants below the waist and/or in a manner that allows underwear or bare skin to show, and ‘bagging,’ or the wearing of excessively baggy pants with low hanging crotches are prohibited. As a matter of common courtesy and respect, hats/caps are not to be worn while inside buildings except when there are documented instructional, safety, religious or medical reasons.”

In addition to the district’s policy, the Mission Avenue Elementary School dress code includes, but is not limited to, the following prohibited items:

  • Any identified gang logos and/or gang-related clothing, bandanas, hair nets, belts which hang outside of the belt loops, etc.
  • Attire or accessories, which advertise, display or promote any drug, including alcohol or tobacco, sexual activity, violence, disrespect and/or bigotry towards any group are not acceptable.
  • Sagging, or the wearing of pants below the waist
  • Hats/caps are not to be worn while inside building except when there is specific or uniform reasons.
  • Heelys – please remove the wheels from any footwear before coming into school facilities
  • Midriff tops, spaghetti straps, halters, or fishnet clothing
  • Short shorts or skirts
  • Facial Make-up
  • Sleeveless shirts are acceptable as long as armholes are not so pronounced as to expose the chest.

The principal will determine final decision on questionable clothing attire and make an alternative clothing change and/or call parent to bring a change of clothing.

Electronic Devices Policy:

Use of cell phones, iPads, iPods, electronic books, MP3 players, etc. during instructional time or at a time that would be disruptive to the educational process are not permitted. Nor is the misuse of cell phones and other forms of technology that could include, but not be limited to the unauthorized taking of pictures, cheating, invading privacy, etc.  Cell phones MUST be turned off or on silent during school hours. (APS Policy Handbook). If a student is being disruptive to the educational process with any of these devices, the item will be taken away and stored in the administrative office. Parents will need to retrieve the devise. Mission Avenue Elementary School is not responsible for any electronic device brought to school that is lost or stolen.

Parking Lot Safety

During the times of “drop off” in the mornings and “pick-up” in the afternoons, we need to be patient and tolerant in all areas in order to keep our children safe. We’re all excited, we’re all in a hurry, and there are a lot of us! This adds up to a potentially dangerous situation for our children every day. We ask that you utilize the development of our new pick-up/drop-off route (Mission Avenue & Edith) to safely and quickly expedite students to and from school.   The entrance on the east side of the school is intended for buses and staff only.  If parents must use Alexander, cars must be parked on the street and students escorted along the sidewalk to the playground.  Crossing through the middle of the parking lot is dangerous especially as buses are present. Please model to your child the importance of using crosswalks for their safety.

The key to all of this is PATIENCE and RESPECT. It will prevent children from getting hurt. Please respect these procedures and be a good example to the children in your car!! REMEMBER that duty teachers and Watch D.O.G.S. are all there working to keep your kids safe.

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