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Policies and Procedures

Arundel employs important policies and procedures in order to keep students safe and secure while on campus. Learn more about:
Daily Schedule

Ask your classroom teacher for details about class specific P.E., art, music, computer lab and library days/times.
Standard Day (M, T, Th, F)
8:20 Warning Bell
8:25 Classes begin (Early Start TK, Early Start K,1,2,3,4)
9:25 Late Start TK / Late Start K begins
10:15 – 10:30 Recess/snack break
12:00 – 12:40 Lunch (TK/K/1 on lower yard and 2/3/4 upper)
1:25 Early Start TK and Early Start K dismissed
2:25 Late Start TK and Late Start K dismissed
2:30 Grades 1,2 and 3 dismissed
 2:45  Grade 4 dismissed
8:25 All TK through 4 begin
12:25 All TK through 4 dismissal
Arrival Procedures

All students should arrive at school no earlier than 8:10 a.m.. Supervision is provided on the upper playground only between 8:10 – 8:20 a.m. for children in grades 1-4. All kindergarten and transitional kindergarten students line up at the classroom door. When it is raining, all students line up at the classroom door.

The warning bell rings at 8:20 a.m.. Teachers greet students at this time and escort children into the classrooms. Students arriving after 8:25 a.m. are tardy, with the exception of late start kindergarten classes.

If you are dropping off in the morning, please use the Phelps circle in front of the office or the Upper Phelps playground parking lot. These are the only designated drop-off zones. If you are parking, please use marked stalls in the San Carlos Avenue lot, upper Arundel Road lot, the lot by Arundel After School, or the spots along Phelps (see the map on the back of the Arundel Directory or on the Contact Us page.
Dismissal Procedures

There is no supervision on the playground after school. If your child is not going to Smart-E or AfterSchool then children are expected to be picked up from class when the bell rings. If a parent or guardian fails to pick up their child, the student will be sent to the office so that the school office can call a parent.

Students must attend school unless they are ill. Ill students should not attend to prevent illness from spreading to others. The San Carlos School District has strict policies regarding attendance. Please review the policy in full if you have concerns.

If your child is absent for any reason, call the school office verifying the absence that morning before instruction starts. The office has an answering machine to take messages during non-school hours. If we do not hear from you, the school secretary will call your primary phone number on file. All absences must be logged according to district policy.

When children arrive after 8:25 a.m., they are considered tardy and should go to the office to check in before going to their classroom. Please make every effort to arrive on time. Tardies are reported on report cards and in folders.

If you must take your child out of school during the day for any reason, notify the office in advance and come to the office to sign out. Office personnel will summon your child from the classroom.

When a child has a contagious disease (strep, pink eye, measles, impetigo, etc.) or head lice, notify the school immediately as exposure notices must be sent out. In the case of head lice, students may not be at school until all nits are gone. Students that have had a fever should only return to school a minimum of 24 hours after their temperature has returned to normal.
School Visitors

Insurance requirements prohibit allowing unidentified visitors in the classrooms. All visitors to the school are asked to report to the office for a visitor’s badge. All adults on campus between 8:25 a.m. and 2:25 p.m.must sign in at the office.
Homework Policy

Homework is assigned for the following reasons:
  • To encourage the development of independent study habits, skills, and responsibilities
  • To reinforce, enrich, and extend learning, by providing additional educational opportunities outside the classroom
Arundel follows the homework policy set by the San Carlos School District. At the beginning of the school year, all teachers will share with parents the kinds and amounts of homework expected of students. They will also discuss any variations to accommodate individual students’ needs.
Class Placement Change Request Policy

There will be NO CHANGES made to class rosters during the first 10 days of school. Your child's former teacher, along with his/her colleagues, created the class lists after carefully considering what is best for your child as well as the needs of all Arundel students. If there is a concern about a placement, please notify the office after the first 3 days of school via e-mail, voicemail, appointment, or letter including a statement about the reasons why this change is being requested.

If the problem is still not resolved, the following policy applies:


STEP #1: Parents and teacher meet to discuss concerns. Parents must explain in writing how the current situation is not meeting their child’s needs and what they would need to see in order to reach a satisfactory outcome.

STEP #2: The teacher has 10 days to address the parents’ concerns.

STEP #3: If the parents remain unsatisfied after 10 school days, the teacher and parents will meet for an SST (Student Study Team) meeting.

STEP#4: The Student Study team will collaborate to resolve the issue.
Emergency Preparedness

Emergency preparedness is important at Arundel. In the case of an emergency, the following procedures will be put in place:
  • Emergency Drills: Drills are conducted monthly. Children evacuate to the playgrounds.
  • Other Emergencies: Lock down drills occur several times throughout the school year to prepare personnel and students for those emergencies where it is safer to stay in place.
  • Releasing Students: In case of a declared emergency by the superintendent, all students are required to remain at school under the supervision of school personnel. Students will be released only to parents/guardians or to an adult whose name appears on the emergency release cards. Students may be picked up at the upper playground.
It is important that adults picking up children during a declared emergency follow the procedure above and leave the campus immediately to reduce confusion and leave access roads open for response vehicles. If it becomes necessary to evacuate the campus, Central Middle School is our designated meeting spot.