Daily Attendance is required of every student at Escalante-Biggs Academy. Our goal is to achieve a 95% attendance rate as a school for 2018-2019.
It is important that your child be here on a daily basis. If your child is going to miss more than 3 days you must request a student leave of absence form from the front office and have it filled out and signed by the principal. If your child is absent for 3 or more unexcused absences the following will take place:
If a child is absent
- 3 consecutive days – teacher calls the home
- 5 consecutive days – refer to social worker
- 10 consecutive days – the child may need to be dropped from the program and replaced with a child on the waiting list (based on Principal/CSC policy)
The professional judgment of our staff, balanced class size, the specific needs of children, and input from the parents are primary considerations. Parents will be notified if a change is being considered, and a conference will be held. Children will have the opportunity to visit other classrooms during the year to meet peers and teachers.
At Escalante-Biggs Academy students are not required to wear a uniform, however, for safety reasons the following articles of clothing are NOT permitted:
- flip flops
- shirt or dress straps no thinner than 2 fingers wide
- make up
If dress code policy is not followed parents/guardians will be notified to bring clothes and items will be confiscated. It is expected that students be in appropriate clothing for active outdoor play on a daily basis (pants, shirts, tennis shoes & light jacket). Teachers will keep you informed of any special dress up days. Removable clothing such as sweaters, coats and boots should be labeled with your child’s name.
Smocks are provided for messy activities; however, accidents can happen. Our paints are washable. Usually prompt attention with cold water and face soap takes care of any soiling.
Please send your child to school with a change of clothes appropriate for the weather. This should remain accessible EVERY day and all items should be labeled with your child’s name.
We ask that all our parents follow the “GOLDEN HEALTH RULE”. Place yourself in the role of other parents – – would you want your child exposed? Please do not send your child to school if they are ill. Remember that the experience at school will not be as valuable for your child if he or she is not feeling well. If your child is sent to school ill, we will call to have a parent pick him/her up. For your child’s protection and to protect their schoolmates,
KEEP YOUR CHILDREN AT HOME IF THE FOLLOWING SYMPTOMS ARE PRESENT:
- Skin rash or sores
- Stomach ache or nausea
- Flushed face
- Inflamed eyes
- Sore throat
- Coughing or has a cold
- HAS HAD A FEVER DURING THE PREVIOUS 24 HOURS
- Has been taking an antibiotic for less than 24 hours
- HEAVY YELLOW OR GREEN NASAL DISCHARGE
- Fussy, cranky, are generally signs that they are not feeling like themselves
It is important for your child to come to school well rested. REMEMBER, rest may prevent the development of serious illness. Symptoms of a possible communicable disease are: sniffles, reddened eyes, sore throat, headache and abdominal pain, plus a fever.
If your child becomes ill at school, we will notify you. It is very important that you keep your emergency numbers CURRENT! If your child is sick and will not be attending school, please call the attendance line at 720-424-4621.
Medication At School
All parents must have their family physician fill out the medication consent form and bring this to school with the medication before appropriate staff members can distribute medication to any child. Do not ask your classroom teacher or any staff member to administer any medication to your child, including over the counter medication.
Policy on Diapering and Toilet Training:
All children are accepted into the program regardless of toileting concerns. The staff at Escalante-Biggs Academy will work with you and your child towards their toileting goals and ensure the safety of your child while they attend our school.
If your child is wearing diapers or pull-ups we ask that you supply diapers or pull-ups when your child attends. In addition, please send an extra pair of clothes in case of an accident at school.
Arrival and Departure
Door Use/Locked Building:
The main entrance is the only entrance that can be used by visitors during the school day. Anyone arriving to the building after 8:40 a.m. MUST sign in at the front office.
All mid-day drop-off and pick-up takes place through the main entrance.
ECE Arrival and Pick-Up:
You are required to sign your child in and out upon leaving on a daily basis. Please remain with your child until the doors to the classroom open, or until you have had the opportunity to sign-in or sign-out your child with the classroom teacher and/or paraprofessional.
Please observe class hours. Teachers need time to prepare their classrooms for the day and are not available to supervise children until class begins. Please do not bring your child late on a regular basis. A child may feel uncomfortable about arriving after everyone has become involved in class activities.
Parents/guardians/responsible adult must stay with children during breakfast.
You must pick up your child on time. If you know you are going to be late, please notify the school office immediately so that we can reassure your child.
If a child is absent and it is unexcused the secretary will contact the parent and/or emergency number to determine if the child is excused for the day.
Denver Public Schools provides bus transportation for students whose parents approve their child to use this service. Bus transportation is provided by the Success Express Shuttle. Please be at your child’s bus stop approximately 10 minutes before the shuttle is scheduled to pick-up or drop-off your child.
Responsible Adult – A responsible adult (18 years or older) must meet the shuttle at the designated stop and accept responsibility for your child at the front steps of the shuttle.
No-shows at the Shuttle Stop – If there is no responsible adult at the designated stop to accept responsibility for your child, your child will be returned to the school. You may receive a bill from the school for additional childcare provided as a result of not being at the designated stop at the appointed time.
PLEASE BE ON TIME!!
It is important that you are on time to pick up your child at Escalante-Biggs Academy or at their designated shuttle bus stop. Our shuttle buses and classroom teachers are on a very tight schedule and if you are late, your child will be sent to the front office or will remain on the bus until the route is completed.
The transportation department will contact the front office if there was not a parent/guardian at the shuttle stop to pick up the child. Transportation will deliver that child back to the school to wait with the office staff.
Loss of Shuttle Riding Privileges – Three instances of no one at the designated bus stop to accept responsibility of a child will result in a four-day loss of bus-riding privileges. It will be the parents’ responsibility to get their child to and from school during this period. If it continues to happen that no one is at the stop for the child, bus-riding privileges will be terminated for the remainder of the year.
Shuttle Bus Safety – Your child’s safety and welfare is our primary concern. Please stress to your child that he or she is to sit in their designated seat facing forward and only get out of the seat when asked to do so. Children should be reminded that they are to keep their hands to themselves and use their indoor voices. No shouting or yelling. We are committed to getting your child to and from school safely.
STUDENTS SHOULD BE AT THEIR BUS STOPS 5 TO 10 MINUTES BEFORE THE DESIGNATED PICK UP TIME.
The front office staff will contact the parent/emergency number to request that they pick up the child in the front office.
A staff member will remain with the child until a responsible person picks up the child.
At the end of each session the teacher/para will complete a hand-to-hand drop-off and delivery to parents/ guardians and/or the bus if applicable.
The parent/guardian will sign-out their child each day and the teacher will sign-out each child if they have hand-delivered them to the bus.
At the end of each day the teacher/para will check the sign-in and sign-out log to determine if all children are accounted for.
The teacher will only release students to an adult over the age of 18 that has been indicated on the Parent Permission Form.
Parents are notified about field trips through the monthly calendar, reminder notes and in other classroom/school communications. One main permission slip will be filled out at the beginning of the school year. Additional field trip specific permissions will come home prior to each event, if needed. Transportation will be provided for our planned field trips in the 2015 – 2016 school year. Classrooms may also conduct individual field trips in which transportation options may vary. Procedures and information will be available for parents who would like to volunteer on the field trips. If a child comes late to school and misses going on a field trip, the child will return home with his/her parent/guardian.
Fees for Field Trips:
Each student is required to pay, at the time of registration, a non-refundable fee of $50.00 for field trips. This is used to cover admission and the cost of T-Shirts that are used for Field trips.