Bell & Lunch Schedule
Dear Parent, Guardians, and students,
The MPE school day begins at 7:40 a.m. One of the most valuable life skills a student can learn is taking the responsibility of arriving at school everyday on time. This skill can easily be accomplished and will transfer as a valuable asset for the future. One of the most important times of the school day is the morning. This is the time when important school news is announced, teachers define the plans for the day, and instructional goals are reviewed and set. The whole tone of a child’s school day is set in the first part of the day. Please help support your children in learning habits that will help them be successful at school and throughout life.
SCHOOL SCHEDULE AND TARDY PROCEDURES:
- 7:35 a.m. First bell rings. All students line up and walk to class with their teacher. Firelane gates are closed and locked.
- 7:40 a.m. Second bell rings. All students should be in their classrooms or with their teachers proceeding to the class.
- 7:41 a.m. Students arriving at this time are TARDY. Teachers will not accept students without a tardy pass from the office. Students arriving at this time report to the office for a tardy pass.
CONSEQUENCES FOR TARDINESS:
- 1st tardy Verbal warning
- 2nd tardy Letter sent to parent/guardian outlining this policy.
- 3rd tardy Parent/student conference with teacher to resolve issue.
- 4th tardy Letter mailed home regarding consequence with next tardy.
- 5th tardy consequences appropriate for student.
|C.U.T.S. Truancy Program|
An absence is defined as a minimum of one missed class period per day.
An unexcused absence will count as a truant day as defined by law.
A student is “habitually truant” if s/he has five or more unexcused absences from school.
A student that is absent more than ten percent (18 days) of the required number of school days per year is considered to have “excessive absences” whether the absence is excused or unexcused.
required attendance of the parent and the child at an education class (to be held on Saturdays)
work hours assigned to the child
a $50 Diversion fee assessed to the parent/guardian
Mabel Padgett Elementary is known as a friendly campus where parents are always welcome. We truly value you and want you to continue to feel welcomed when you come to eat lunch or volunteer in your child’s classroom.
Mabel Padgett has implemented a Closed Campus procedure so that we can more easily identify adults on our campus and their reasons for being here. Having a closed campus increases the safety and security of your child by minimizing the amount of people on campus.
Our campus will be closed before and after school from 7:10-3:40, plus during school hours. Students will continue to enter campus through one of the 3 gates; the front entry gate by the office/kindergarten playground, the fire lane gate at parent drop off on Falcon Drive, and the bus lane gate near the playground. Adults will not be allowed to enter through the gates, they must check in at the front office.
To keep all children safe, only students are allowed beyond the gates before school, during school or after school. This means no one is allowed to stand in line or wait in front of the classrooms prior to school or to be on the playground area before, during, or after school.
Visitors may sign in and eat breakfast or lunch in the cafeteria with their student at a designated parent table and only with their own child(ren). The playground and teacher classrooms are off limits to visitors in the morning and during recess. This is for the safety of all students.
Anyone on campus during this time who has not properly checked in through the office will be asked to report back to the office to check in. A visitor sticker must be visible.
Receive Updates: Another safety measure we have in place is our school-wide text/email notification. If you have not already done so, I encourage you to sign-up to receive important information from me via text message. To receive messages by text, text the number (917) 746-3561 with the message @mpep. To receive messages by email from the school, be sure to provided your email to your child's teacher.
The reason for a closed campus is to ascertain that the people who are on campus are authorized to be here, and to reduce the possibility that a stranger could slip onto the school grounds without notice. Some of you are probably wondering if something happened to initiate this change and the answer is no, we are strictly being proactive in keeping our students safe. I appreciate your understanding and cooperation with this important modification of our school security plan and I realize that it is a big change. We will continue to have conversations about keeping our children safe, and your ideas and suggestions are always appreciated.