We request that parents call the school before 9 a.m. about a child’s absence. If we are not notified by 9:15 a.m., then office personnel will call parents to ensure each child’s safety. Upon return, a dated note mentioning the reason for the absence and signed by a parent or guardian should be turned into the main office.
Office Number: 314-854-6100
Absence Due To Illness
Students who were absent due to illness are asked to report to the nurse if any outside medical care was required. The School District of Clayton policy states that any child who is too ill to come to school in the morning should remain home for the entire day to protect the health and safety of all students.
Absence for Other Reasons
If a child will be absent for a medical appointment or another preplanned event,please submit an early dismissal request to the student's classroom teacher at the beginning of the day in question. It is preferred to have the request submitted at least one day in advance. In these situations a child may return to school midday.
Arrival at School
Opening starts at 8:35 a.m. so children may begin school at 8:40 a.m. There is no supervision on the playground prior to 8:20 a.m. Children should not arrive before that time. Parents who need to leave their child/children at school before 8:20 a.m. should request information on the before and after school child care program called KidZone. Kindergarten children arrive on the kindergarten playground (east side of school) and first through fifth grade arrive on the large playground (west side of school).
One major factor in a child’s success in school is regular attendance. Each time a child is absent from school he/she misses instructional experiences that cannot be duplicated. It is imperative that your child attends school every day unless he/she has a medical excuse. We encourage doctor appointments be scheduled after school hours. If a parent has a concern about their child’s attendance and the effect of any absence(s) upon grades, the parent is encouraged to speak with their child’s teacher.
We believe it is important for every child to arrive on time for school everyday. Tardiness to school can cause a disruption to learning and break the continuity of the teaching process. Parents are encouraged to make every effort to get their child to school on time. It is important for children to develop the habit of arriving to school on time. Students enter the building at 8:35 a.m. and are expected to be in their classrooms at 8:40 a.m. Tardy students are always required to check in with the office for a late admit slip before entering their classroom.