What are your drop-off and pick-up procedures?
How do I report an absence or tardy?
If your child is going to be absent, please call our Attendance Line and leave a message with the name of the student, their teacher, and the reason for their absence. The attendance line is (616) 254-6078.
A student who is not in his/her assigned location within 15 minutes of the start of the school day shall be considered tardy. Any student arriving late to school is to report to the school office with a parent to sign them in before proceeding to class.
Parents are encouraged not to take their child out of school for vacations. When a family vacation must be scheduled during the school year, the parents should discuss the matter with the principal and the student’s teacher(s) to make necessary arrangements. It may be possible for the student to receive certain assignments that are to be completed during the trip.
What is the limit for absences?
Chronic Absenteeism is when students miss 10% or more of scheduled school days (to date). This includes both excused and unexcused absences. It is the collective goal of the Superintendents and school staff in Kent ISD to support students to “Strive for less than 5 days absent” each school year. Below are the guidelines that will be used to ensure that each student adheres to this county-wide expectation.
- Excused absences by a parent/guardian (up to 5 days per school year)
- School closure due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances
- School-related absences
- Medical absences (documentation required)
- Disciplinary action such as suspension
- Unexcused absences
- Excused absences beyond the 5 days allotted per school year
- Level 1: Students who accumulate more than five (5) counted absences or have missed 10% or more of scheduled school days will receive an initial notification to the Office of Truancy and Attendance. The student and parent(s)/guardian(s) will meet with the principal or designee to establish an attendance plan which includes ongoing support, as well as expectations.
- Level 2: This intensive level of support will be utilized if improvement is not made as specified on the attendance plan and/or the student is not in attendance for at least 90% or more of the scheduled days for any two (2) week period. A second parent/guardian meeting is required with the principal or designee in order to revise the attendance plan and discuss additional supports. A second referral to the Office of Truancy and Attendance will be made if, despite these supports and at least five (5) interventions, the student continues to be truant.
- Level 3: The school will file a third referral to the Office of Truancy and Attendance if attempts by school staff to help a student improve on their attendance is unsuccessful. In such cases, the student is expected to be in attendance for 90% or more of the scheduled school days over any two (2) week period and immediate acceptable progress is made on the goals established through the attendance plan or after any unexcused absence(s). Additionally, a third referral may be made if the parent(s)/guardian(s) fails to meet with the principal or designee regarding attendance concerns.
Excused absences are those in which parent notification is given (either by phone or in writing) within 48 hours of the absence. This includes pre-arranged absences. The administration reserves the right to determine if an absence will be considered excused. The student will be allowed to make up missed work. It is the responsibility of the student to notify the teacher upon their return from an excused absence and to request work that needs to be made up.
- Funeral Absences — These are absences that result from a student attending a funeral of a family member or close friend upon parent request and notification.
- Medical Exemption Absences — These absences include pre-existing medical conditions and longer term illnesses that will result in multiple absences. In these cases, medical documentation must be presented and on file to medically exempt the absences. This must be requested and on file within one day of the absence after the return to school. In cases of chronic absences throughout the year, updated medical information may be requested to verify the continued existence of the condition and that treatment is being sought.
- School-Related Absences — A school-related absence is an absence that is due to an approved school activity. The absence is excused and no notification from parents is required. The high school administration reserves the right to determine if an activity qualifies as a school-related absence. These absences do not count against the attendance limit. The number of school-related absences may be limited by the administration to avoid excessive absences for any student.
- Prearranged Absences — Parents/students who know in advance that they are going to be absent from school must communicate with their principal and teacher(s). Students are responsible to contact the teacher to make arrangements for making up missed work.
What are the breakfast, lunch, treat and drink rules?
The following procedure is used for ordering lunches and depositing money into lunch accounts:
1. Lunch menus will be sent home monthly for students and their parents to review. Hot lunches will be ordered by 9 a.m. in the classrooms each day.
2. Money for lunch or milk will be collected daily and deposited into each child’s account. Every student is given a lunch card that is bar coded with their student number. Each time a child purchases a lunch or milk, the appropriate amount is automatically deducted from the balance in his/her account.
3. Lunch money should be sent in an envelope with the child’s name, grade and teacher listed.
4. Lunch menus can be viewed and lunch money and accounts can also be managed online by visiting the food service link on the Grandville Public Schools website.
5. Glass bottles are not allowed for students who choose to bring a cold lunch to school.
Because of the extreme sensitivity and serious side affects of peanut allergies, our hot lunch program will not be serving any food items containing nuts.
Energy drinks may not be consumed during the school day.
If your child has a severe allergy, we ask that you make school administration aware. If needed, an allergy action plan will be created and shared with the teacher, and in some cases building professionals. If your child is in a classroom with a student that has an allergy that is deemed “severe” it will be communicated to classmates / families what policies will be followed.
It is our School Board Policy that no food prepared at home may be consumed by the students at school parties, picnics, etc., during school hours. Wrapped candies and baked goods purchased from a commercial establishment are permitted. Please check with your teacher before bringing treats to verify any food allergies.
What are your behavioral expectations?
While we work hard to focus on teaching positive behavior and reinforcing students when they meet expectations, there are times when staff must respond to more repeated and/or more serious behaviors in a different way. Even in these situations, the focus stays on helping our students reflect on what occurred and think of better ways to handle the situation.
What is your dress code?
1. Skirts and shorts must be appropriate in length (mid-thigh on down).
2. Pants worn too low (sagging) or excessively large clothing is not permitted. Pants must be worn at the waist and belts must be fastened at the waist.
3. Shirts and shoes must be worn at all times.
4. Any top which exposes a midriff on persons of either gender is unacceptable. Shirts or tops that expose an excessive amount of shoulder or torso are not allowed. These include, but are not limited to, tank tops, tube tops, sleeveless shirts, or shirts with “spaghetti straps.”
5. Any clothing which makes reference to drugs, alcohol, cigarettes or sex is not permitted.
6. Clothing which contains any sign, symbol or logo which has become synonymous with any gang or cult is not permitted.
7. Headgear (hats, caps, scarves, sweatbands, etc.) may not be worn in the school building except on specifically designated days.
8. Forms of dress, hairstyle or adornment that interfere with the normal operation of the school or draw attention to oneself in a manner that may be disruptive to the educational process are not allowed.
What is your cell phone and personal electronics policy?
Can I get a message to my child during the day?
What if my child needs medication at school?
B. The Medication Request and Authorization Form 5330 F1, F1a, F1b, and F1c must be filed with the respective building principal before the student will be allowed to begin taking any medication during school hours.
C. All medications must be registered with the principal's office.
D. Medication that is brought to the office will be properly secured.
- Medication may be conveyed to school directly by the parent or transported by transportation personnel (bus driver and/or bus aide) at parental request. This should be arranged in advance. A two to four (2-4) week supply of medication is recommended.
- Medication MAY NOT be sent to school in a student's lunch box, pocket, or other means on or about his/her person, except for emergency medications for allergies and/or reactions.
F. The parents shall have sole responsibility to instruct their child to take the medication at the scheduled time, and the child has the responsibility for both presenting himself/herself on time and for taking the prescribed medication.
A log for each prescribed medication shall be maintained which will note the personnel giving the medication, the date, and the time of day. This log will be maintained along with the physician's written instructions and the parent's written permission release.