1. What time does my child need to be at school every day?
The first bell rings at 8:12 a.m. and your child should be in the gates by that time. The second bell rings at 8:15 a.m. and students should be lined up and ready to go. If your child enters the office after 8:15, they are considered tardy.
2. How do I put money on my child's lunch/breakfast account?
There are two ways to put money on your child's account.
You can go to the "myschoolbucks.com" link located on the right side of the school website.
You can put money into a filled-out envelope in the office and place it in the secure gray drop-box. Our manager cleans this box out daily.
3. What do I do if my child is absent from school?
Please make sure you call in all your absences within 24 hours to clear them with the office. Excused absences are granted for illness, medical appointments/procedures, funeral for immediate family, religious activities, or court appointments. If you have any questions, please call the office.
4. Why does the office ask so many questions when I call about my child?
For the safety of the students and staff on campus, office staff has been directed to ask questions of people calling trying to get information about our campus and/or students. This is not meant to be an inconvenience but rather a safety measure. This procedure was presented to us at a Safe Schools Training by local law enforcement. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mr. Lovio.
5. Why do students get out 90 minutes early every Wednesday?
All schools in the Panama-Buena Vista USD release 90 minutes early every Wednesday for staff training / planning. These days are typically called PREP or PLC days and have been very beneficial to the schools and staff over the years. Please remember to pick up your child on time.
6. Why do I have to get out of my car to pick up my kindergartener?
Since all primary students are getting dismissed at the same time (over 400 students), we had to develop a plan on how our littlest ones could be safely picked up after school. After speaking with staff and BPD, it was determined that the safest, most efficient way was to have parents walk up and pick-up their child. I know this may be a minor inconvenience, but it is worth it.
7. How does the morning student Valet Drop-Off work?
Between 7:50 - 8:12 a.m., we offer a student Valet Drop-Off program on the west side of campus. You simply pull through the marked lane until a valet member tells you to stop. They will open the door to your child and will offer you a "walker" if your child is young. We offer "walkers" to our TK, Kindergarten, and 1st graders who will walk your child to their classrooms. This is a very safe and efficient program that typically takes less than two minutes per trip.
8. How do I get hold of the ACES after school program if I have any questions
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the ACES after school program, do not call the office. Instead, please call 201-3967 and ask for Leeann. If you still have any questions, you may try calling Pam Somes at 831-8331 ext. 6422.
9. How do I get hold of my child's teacher if I have any questions and/or concerns.
There are three different ways to communicate with your child's teacher:
You can send them an email. Teacher emails are found under the "Grade Levels" tab on our website. Please note that your first email may get caught in our district SPAM filter so you may want to also call the teacher and let them know you sent an email.
You can call the office and they will put you through to the teacher's voicemail.
You can leave/send a note to the teacher with the office or your child.
10. How do I find out about any current announcements?
We will be updating our important announcments on our website twice a month, or sooner if there is an urgent need. In addition, Mr. Lovio will use the automated call out and/or texting system to deliver important announcements and reminders. Please make sure your phone number is current in the office.