Frequently Asked Questions


Q. When does the students' school day begin and end?

A. The student's school day is from 8:15 A.M. to 2:50 P.M.

Q. When is the office open at the Edgewood Grade School?

A. The Early Learning Center office is open from 7:30 A.M. to 3:30 P.M. Any person entering the building for any reason must sign in and sign out in the office when entering and leaving the building. Everyone going past the office must wear a badge. These two procedures are for the protection of the children. It is necessary for us to monitor who is in our building at all times.

Q. What should I do if my child is sick?

A. Students are required to attend school daily unless they are ill. The law requires a parent/guardian to call the school by 9:00 AM if a child is absent. Students are also required to be at school on time. Instructional time begins promptly at 8:15 AM. If we have not heard from you, state law requires school officials to contact parent(s) or person on emergency list, when the child is not at school by 9:00 AM. If we cannot reach you at home, we will call you at work and then we will call the emergency phone numbers given. We will keep searching until we find someone to tell us why your child isn't in attendance. This rule is for your child's safety. Parents should contact the classroom teacher or the building principal to discuss absences for reasons other than illness.

Q. How do I know what is going on at the Edgewood Grade School if my child doesn't tell me?

A. Regular communication between the school and home will occur via monthly newsletters from the school office and weekly newsletters from the classroom teachers. Additional flyers will be sent home or School Reach phone calls will be made as deemed necessary by school personnel. In addition, each child will be provided a Parent/Teacher Communication Folder that will go home on a daily basis for 1st-4th grade and on a weekly basis for kindergarten. Please make sure to check your child's backpack every day.

Q. How does my child celebrate his/her birthday at school?

A. Birthdays -- It has been customary each year for the children to celebrate his/her birthday at school. Usually the birthday child wishes to bring a treat for the children in his/her class. This is entirely up to you and not compulsory in any way.

Cookies are recommended because they are not too messy.

If your child's birthday is during the summer or on a weekend or free day, you might wish to choose a day for his/her school birthday.

Please do not plan to pass out birthday invitations unless you are inviting everybody in the class. Please do not ask for addresses and phone numbers of other children, this information is confidential.

Q. How can my child eat breakfast or lunch at school?

A. Breakfast and lunch are served daily. Cafeteria menus are sent home once a month and are also available on the Effingham Unit #40 website, by clicking the "Departments" and "Food Service" links. Edgewood has its own Cafeteria Billing System which is a debit and credit system. Each year, students will be issued a card with their student number. Students are responsible for their lunch cards and should not lose or damage their cards. Parents may deposit money on a monthly or weekly basis and are encouraged to send lunch money on the first school day of the week. Checks are preferred (make checks payable to Effingham Unit 40). Parents should send payment in a sealed envelope with their child's name, teacher's name, and the amount enclosed in the envelope written on the outside of the envelope. We do not take money in the office without it being in an envelope so please help your child's teacher by putting the money in an envelope BEFORE sending it to school. Please keep a credit balance in your child's account at all times.

School breakfast is provided for children who are not able to eat at home for various reasons. District policy does not allow children to bring food from home to eat during the breakfast time.

Carbonated beverages are not considered nutritional and are highly discouraged with sack lunches.

Q. What do I do if my child is to go home a different way?

A. A note must be sent along with your child in the morning and given to the teacher if your child is to be Parent Pick-Up. We will not take your child's word that he/she will be Parent Pick-up, we MUST have a note (which is preferable) or a phone call. If you telephone us that your child will be Parent Pick-Up, it is imperative that you call before 2:00 pm.

Effingham Unit #40 transportation department has a "One Bus, One Stop" policy so bus changes are not allowed. If you have any questions, please contact the transportation department at 217-540-1491.

Q. What do I do if I want to visit my child's school?

A. You are always welcome at the school; however, VISITORS TO SCHOOL ARE REQUIRED BY STATE LAW TO REPORT TO THE OFFICE whenever they enter a school building. Everyone going past the office must sign in and sign out when entering and leaving the building and wear a badge for the safety of the students. All volunteers, including lunchroom volunteers, must sign in and sign out in the yellow spiral book in the office, when they come in and go from the building and wear a yellow badge. If you bring your child to school after 8:30 A.M. or pick your child up before 2:30 P.M. you must sign in on the clipboard in the office (this is very important for attendance records). If you come in for any other reason, there is a clipboard with pink paper in the office for you to sign in and a pink badge to wear.

For detailed answers to your question or call the Principal at 540-1270 any time for more information.