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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, technology, and library days/times.
Standard Day (M, T, Th, F)
8:23 AM Warning Bell
8:25 AM Classes begin: Early Start TK/K, Grades 1-3
9:25 AM Late Start TK /K begins
10:15 – 10:30 AM Recess/snack break
12:00 – 12:40 PM Lunch 
1:25 PM Early Start TK/K dismissed
2:25 PM Late Start TK/K dismissed
2:30 PM Grades 1-3 dismissed
8:25 AM Classes begin: TK-3rd Grade
12:25 PM Dismissal: TK-3rd Grade
Arrival Procedures
Drop Off: Please use the upper playground drop off lane accessible via Phelps Road if arriving by car. This is the only staffed drop off location available for students arriving via car. Morning greeters and third-grade community helpers will welcome and assist your child in transitioning from the car to the playground safely.
TK/K families may use the parking lot accessible via San Carlos Ave. to park and walk their children to the classroom as well as the circular drive near the front office on Arundel Road. Please note that this area is a loading/unloading white zone, and if you need to park, please be respectful of our neighbors or use the upper lot accessible via Phelps road. 
Please be mindful of the back parking lot off of Arundel Road being reserved for staff only and volunteers that are walking in with their children upon arrival. Please use the drop off lane if you intend to drop off your child. 

All students should arrive at school no earlier than 8:10 AM. Supervision is provided on the upper playground only between 8:10 – 8:23 AM for children in grades 1-3. All kindergarten and transitional kindergarten students line up at the classroom door. When it is raining, students gather in the MUR from 8:10-8:23 AM before being dismissed to classrooms. 

The warning bell rings at 8:23 AM. Teachers greet students at this time on the upper playground in grades 1-3 and outside of the TK/K classrooms. Students arriving after 8:25 a.m. are considered late, with the exception of late start kindergarten classes. Grades 1-3 gather for the Morning Meeting every day on the playground and attendance is expected. 
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 the classroom 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 family members. Please advise your child to wait in the office if you are going to be late picking up and please give a call to the secretary to alert us. 

Attendance matters! Students must attend school unless they are ill. Ill students should not attend to prevent illness from spreading to others. Unsure about when to keep your child home or send to school? Here is some information to assist you. 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 AM, they are considered late and should go to the office to check in before going to their classroom. Please make every effort to arrive on time. 

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 2:30 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. We encourage developing a reading habit every day with books at your child's level as part of your homework routine. 
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 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:
  • Be Safe Drills: Arundel School uses the Big Five Safety Protocols recommended by the Coalition for Safe Schools and Communities. 
  • 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. Our reunification location will be shared with current families. 
  • Communication via text message, phone, and email will share details as they emerge. Please keep your contact information current with the school so that you can be reached immediately. 
It is important that adults picking up children during a declared emergency follow the procedure above, leave the campus immediately to reduce confusion, and clear access roads for response vehicles. 
During weather and natural disaster events that impact our air quality, the guidelines below will be followed based on the most recent information found on Air