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· ATTITUDE · ATTENDANCE · ACHIEVEMENT
The three A’s of Attitude, Attendance and Achievement cannot just be a slogan but has to be a widely held belief put into practice by everyone—students, teachers, parents and the community of Dundalk.
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Welcome to the Dundalk Elementary School Website. We are pleased to share with you that our school is focused on addressing the needs of all learners and their families. Located in the center of Dundalk, we continue to be a school which serves generations of families. Proud in its heritage, we continue to build learning opportunities for our students which will provide them with the knowledge and tools necessary to meet their own individual goals as learners. Faculty and staff are committed to supporting our community and provide a host of opportunities, programming, resources and experiences which take children from where they are as learners to beyond baseline standards for learning. We are thrilled that you have visited our site and hope you enjoy learning more about us through your virtual tour!
The Maryland Department of Education states that a student must miss no more than 10 days a year to be rated satisfactory. Daily attendance and punctuality are the expectation. Students should remain out of school only when it is absolutely necessary.
Under State law, a note explaining the reason must cover any absences. Illness extending beyond 3 days should be explained by a doctor’s certificate. Parents or guardians are requested to telephone and discuss issues with the school nurse at 410-284-2204
Absence for family vacation is unexcused. If extenuating circumstances arise, please notify Mr. Parker, Mrs. McGuire, or Mrs. Nelson-Tracey by letter at least two weeks prior to the anticipated absence. Please know that if you are pulling your child for vacation, the school does not give work while they are out. The work is collected on a daily basis and will be given to the student upon return.
The front school doors open at 8:25 a.m. To help us with a smooth, organized start of the school day, please follow these guidelines:
1. Children may line up outside starting at 8:25 a.m. Grades 1-5 will line up at the front steps. Kindergarten and Prekindergarten will enter on the Dunmanway side of the building.
2. Children need to be in class by 8:40 a.m. Children will need to get a late pass from the office if they arrive after 8:40 a.m.
3. For children’s safety, parents should say good-bye outside. If parents want to meet with a teacher, please set up an appointment as teachers are involved with their students from the start of the school day and not able to conference with parents at this time. Teachers will gladly talk to parents at a scheduled time.
Walkers will be dismissed at 3:05 p.m. Grades 1-5 will dismiss from the front entrance, Kindergarten and Prekindergarten will dismiss from the Dunmanway side of the building.
We understand that emergency situations arise, and in those cases we certainly will do whatever is necessary to assist parents in picking up the child.
Students who are regularly meeting parents on the front lawn, and whose parents have previously advised the teacher in writing of this pick- up procedure, should have a pre-arranged spot to meet the parent.
Any changes in normal dismissal procedures should be handled by a written note by the parent to the teacher first thing in the morning.
. There are no separate afternoon dismissal procedures for inclement weather. Please make sure your child is prepared whether it is an umbrella or heavy coat.
Doors open at 8:25 a.m.
Instructional program starts at 8:40 a.m.
Students are considered late at 8:40 a.m.
School day ends at 3:05 p.m.