Policies and Procedures
- Guidelines for School Attendance
- Drop-Off and Pick-Up Procedures
- Morning Procedures
- Reporting an Absence
Your children can best benefit from their educational program when they feel well enough to participate and are not infectious to other students and staff. Here are a few guidelines you can follow to decide if your child is well enough to attend school as well as school guidelines for sick children:
- Fever—Any child with a temperature of 100* or more must be kept at home. Your child must be fever free (without the use of a fever reducing medication) for 24 hours before returning to school. Sick children may not ride the bus or walk home alone. Students will only be released to an adult listed on the emergency card.
- Colds—Your child may attend school with a mild cold if he/she seems well and is fever free. However, a child with a severe cough belongs at home, even without a fever.
- Infectious Diseases—Children with infectious diseases such as strep throat, pinkeye (conjunctivitis), scarlet fever, etc. must be on medication for a minimum of 24-48 hours before returning to school. Children with infectious skin diseases such as impetigo or ringworm must be on the appropriate medication for a minimum of 24 hours and must keep the affected area covered at school.
- Rashes—A child with an unidentified skin rash may not be allowed at school, whether the rash is contagious or not. A doctor’s note must be presented to the school explaining the rash.
- Vomiting and Diarrhea—If your child is vomiting or has diarrhea, please keep your child at home.
- Medication—Students can receive medication at school only if the physician and parent forms have been signed. This applies to over-the-counter medications as well. Parents must bring the medication to the school in the original container or prescription bottle.
- Chicken pox—Children who have chicken pox must wait until all the sores are scabbed over and dry (usually 5-10 days) before returning to school.
- Lice—Any student found to have live adult lice will be excluded from school. Parents are responsible for bringing the empty lice shampoo bottle with you when returning your child to school.
- Serious Injury – A student with a serious injury attending school with a cast, crutches, splint or wheelchair needs a note from the doctor outlining restrictions and activity level. This is so that the staff can be informed and precautions taken to prevent further injury.
The district nurses are always available if you have any questions about your children’s health. Please contact your school nurse.
Safety is our first concern at Schroeder. When dropping off and picking up your children, we ask your cooperation on the following:
- Enter the drop off area on Columbia. All cars must exit onto Cornell. If you wish to walk your student you must park your car in the designated areas.
- We have 2 lanes of traffic. The outside lane (#2), is drive through only. Please stop at the stop sign at the cross walk to allow families to walk to the parking lot.
- Lane #1 is for pick-up and drop-off only. There will be no parking (do not exit your car) in this area.
Please pull all the way forward, stop, and have your child unload quickly.
- Children will enter and exit cars on the right (passenger) side only. This is the exit closest to the curb.
- If a child is not prepared to enter/exit the vehicle the driver will continue out of the driveway and may circle around and reenter the parking lot.
- Please be aware that all red curbs are NO Parking Zones. Please observe the No Parking Zones and Bus Zones. Those who choose to block the bus zones and park by red curbs will be asked to move their cars immediately. Do not drive through the circle drive; this area is for busses and child care vans only.
Arrival Time and Morning Procedures
The gates open at 7:45 A.M. Please be sure your child does not come to school prior to 7:45AM since supervision will not begin until then. If your child needs to be at school prior to 7:45 AM, our Extended School Program (ESP) opens at 6:00 AM. You can contact ESP at (714) 372-8808. Student supervision is in the cafeteria from 7:45 - 8:00 and on the playground from 8:00-8:15 a.m. All students must be in the Multi-Purpose Room from 7:45 – 8:00 AM and on the playground from 8:00 – 8:15 AM. No students may wait in the halls or at their classroom doors (except kindergarten students waiting with their parents.). Students are not to go to the playground unless there is a teacher or supervisor on the playground.
Kindergarten students go straight to the MPR and are taken to their classroom at 8:15AM. If parents wish to wait with their student, please have your child stand outside the classroom. Students may not be running around in the quad area.
Regular school attendance is important. For attendance accounting purposes, the only legally excused absences are illness, visits to the doctor or dentist, and bereavement. All other absences including parent requests are unexcused. The Westminster School District is part of the Orange County Truancy Project. Students having more than three unexcused absences or excessive excused absences may be subject to a School Attendance Review Board (SARB) hearing.
If your child must be absent, please notify the school as soon as possible. Call 714-894-7268 - choose 2 for the attendance line. Please be prepared to give us the name of your child and his/her teacher, reason for the absence, and the anticipated length of absence. If you do not call, you must send a written, signed excuse with your child the day he/she returns to school. State the reason and the date of the absence. Absences not verified within a week become unexcused absences.