Cheri Marten Principal


Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What time does school begin and end?

A. The student's school day begins at 8:15 a.m. and ends at 3:00 p.m.

Q. My child is absent today. Does it really matter if he misses school or is tardy?

A. It is the responsibility of every parent to insure that their children attend school regularly. The Board of Education believes that regular and punctual attendance is an important factor in students' success in school. Many times, once a child arrives at school and becomes involved with the activities of the day he or she will be just fine. Missing school results in poor work habits, lower grades, lower self-esteem and a lack of self-discipline.

Q. What if my child is sick?

A. Unit #40 policy states, "Students shall be permitted no more than ten excused absences per year. After the student has been excused ten times during a year additional absences must be verified through a written medical statement from a physician stating they were to remain home because of illness.

Q. Something has come up and my child needs to go home a different way. What can I do?

A. A note should be sent or a phone call should be made when a child who usually rides a bus will be picked up after school or when he/she needs to leave early for an appointment, etc. For the child's security, please indicate in the note or phone call WHO will be picking up the child early. If you must pick up your child before the end of the day, please come to the office-do not go directly to the classroom. All students should be signed out from the office before leaving school early. Please avoid calling after 2:00 pm to make a change in how your child is going home. It is sometimes very difficult to notify a student, their teacher and the bus driver before the dismissal bell rings.

Q. I want to pick up my child early. What do I do?

A. Please avoid picking up your child early (before 3:00) unless it is absolutely necessary. You will need to stop by the office to sign your child out. Keep in mind that the time right before dismissal is when teachers are giving instructions and going over homework reminders.

Q. What do I do about picking up homework if my child is absent?

A. Homework will be sent home only if a child misses more than one day of school. If a child is absent only one day, then homework will be made up at school upon the child's return to school the next day. After the second consecutive day of absence you will need to call and tell the office what time you will be in to pick up homework.

Q. I need to send medication to school for my child. What do I do?

A. A medical authorization form needs to be obtained from the school office and completed by the doctor and parents. It will give you the information needed for the dispensing of medicine at school. The dispensing of medicine at school is not encouraged unless absolutely necessary. Our schools share the Effingham County Health Department nurse with other schools in the county.

Q. I would like to volunteer in the schools. What do I have to do?

A. Our schools are very proud of the Volunteer Program we have. Volunteers are welcome and needed at all levels. Opportunities for parent participation and involvement exist within the school and the district. One of the ways to get involved is through an active Parent Teacher Organization. The PTO organizes and sponsors many service programs and fund raisers throughout the year. 

In order to volunteer in your child's classroom or school you must attend one of the Parent Volunteer trainings. 

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

A. Students are welcome to celebrate birthdays within their classroom. Treats that can be served in individual portions (cookies, cupcakes) are preferred. Games, party hats, decorations, helium balloons, flowers, etc. should be given at home!