• Parent Handbook


    C. Elizabeth Rieg School

    "Carrying Our Able Children Higher - with Professional Responsibility In Developing Excellence


     Dear Parents/Guardians and Students: 

     Please read this handbook carefully and with your child.  It outlines guidelines for the 2017-2018 school year.  Please contact your child's teacher by phone at (301) 390-0200 or by email if you have any questions.   

     We look forward to your visits and participation in various school-wide activities, meetings and parents training(s) throughout the school year. 


     Coach Sabrina Jones-Smith 


     Motto - "AIMing for Success" 

     Sub Theme - AIMing for Success!  "The 2017-2018 - AIMing for Success Campaign" - We are embracing our Professional Responsibility In Developing Excellence as a team, to better prepare our students for INVOLVEMENT in their Community!  

     Core Belief- The Least Dangerous Assumption-We believe that with support all of our students at C. Elizabeth Rieg can be literate with their identified mode of communication and learn academics, functional skills, physical movements and appropriate social and emotional behaviors to maximize their potential and successfully function in their community. 

     Principal's Vision - To support the development of a school culture based on trust and empowerment. There will be a heightened sense of staff member's value and importance. All stakeholders-staff, parents, and community stakeholders will engage collaboratively in supporting the students of C. Elizabeth Rieg Regional School along their journey of growth, development, and success.  

     Attendance and Tardiness - For student's to have maximum success they are to be in school every day.  Parents or guardians must notify the school when their child will be absent.  The school will utilize an automated system to notify parents or guardians of students absences. Absences from school including absence for any portion of the day, of students who are currently enrolled in public schools shall be deemed a lawful absence if a death occurs in the immediate family, court summons, hazardous weather conditions, observance of a religious holiday, state emergency, suspension, lack of authorized transportation for (disciplinary reasons) and illness of a student. The principal shall require a physician's certificate from the parent or guardian of a cherub absent (3) or more days. 

    The student's teacher will call the parent or guardians after the third day that the student has been absent.  If the teacher/school is unable to contact the parent or guardian by telephone, a certified letter, home visit or other approved methods (i.e. email) will be used to contact the parent(s) or guardian(s).

     Any student who is absent from school for a day or any portion of a day for any reason other than those defined as an lawful excuse will be considered truant.  A habitual truant student is one who is unlawfully absent from school for a number of days or portion of days in excess of 10 school days within any marking period, semester, or year.  Consistent unlawful absences or late arrivals will be referred to the Principal and the Pupil Personnel Worker (PPW).  

     Arrival - Students are to arrive to school between 7:45 AM - 8:00 AM.  All students who attend C. Elizabeth Rieg are assigned a school bus.  Our school team will begin unloading students off of the school buses in ascending order at 7:45 AM.  This process in its' entirety usually takes 15 minutes depending on the arrival of all buses.  During this time, parents or guardians who choose to transport their student(s) to school can utilize the "Kiss and Ride" (KR) drop off service between 7:55 - 8:00 AM by pulling up to the right side of the building, complete a 3-point turn, assist their student in exiting the vehicle, and safely hand their student to one of our Coaches; then exit when the driving path is clear whereby there are no parked school buses.  There will be a "KR" sign and Coaches available to direct the flow of traffic during the designated parent drop-off times (7:55-8:00 AM).  At No Time during unloading and loading should cars/trucks enter the bus lanes for dropping off or picking up students.    


     Tardiness - Students who arrive after 8:15 AM are considered tardy.  Students arriving after 8:15 AM must be brought to the Main Office and signed in using the tardy book. They will receive a sign in slip and have their classroom staff called to the Main Office to safely escort them to class. Students who are tardy more than 10 times during a marking period, semester, or year will be referred to the Principal and the Pupil Personnel Worker (PPW).  Phone calls will be made daily by an automated system to homes when students are absent and tardy as part of our attendance focus.    

     Early Departure - Students who are picked up prior to the dismissal time of 1:55 AM should have a daily written note indicating the time and lawful reason for the absence(s).  In the event that a letter is not provided in the students book bag, the parent or guardian should call the school's main number at (301) 390-0200 to indicate the time that the student will be picked up from school.  Upon arriving to school, the parent(s) or guardian(s) must provide a photo ID. Main Office staff will contact the student's classroom to have a member of the classroom team safely escort the student to the Main Office in order to be signed out using the Early dismissal book located in the main office.  Please note that if the parent(s) or guardians are not the person(s) picking up a student, the designated individual(s) MUST be listed on the appropriate school form and also provide photo identification, or the individual(s) WILL NOT be permitted to pick-up your student.   

     Pick-up - Parent(s) or guardian(s) who pick-up their students from school at dismissal must park on the right side of the building (same as the morning "Kiss and Ride" location).  Parent(s) and guardian(s) will have to sign their student out using the 'regular' sign-out book.  This information will be communicated to our transportation department. *Parents and Guardians should arrive no later than 2:00 PM to pick up their children as school staff are to be available to participate in required staff meetings.  

     Dismissal - According to Prince George's County Public Schools' Administrative Procedure (3541.1) safe transportation and dismissal of students from buses are essential to support the educational objectives of PGCPS. Should the driver arrive at a bus stop and an adult is not present on a repeated basis, the student shall be at risk for suspension and/or termination of transportation service and/or the parent/guardian may be referred to child protective services.  In particular, when preschool or kindergarten students are not met at the bus stop by a parent, neighbor, sibling or other caretaker, or when a situation appears to be unsafe, the bus driver will follow the instructions from an authorized representative of the Department of Transportation. Bus drivers can not change their routes or the time they are scheduled to drop a child off at their scheduled afternoon location.   

     It is crucial that someone is present to receive your student at home.  If the parent(s) or guardian(s), neighbor, adult sibling or other adult caretaker is not available more than (3) times during a marking period, semester or year and the school bus has to return your student to school, then the student will be referred to the Principal, PPW and/or social services.   

     Cancellation/Early Dismissal/Late Opening - In the event that all Prince George's County Public Schools are closed, information will be posted on the school district's website as well as broadcast on local news and radio stations.  In the event that PGCPS dismiss early, the information will be broadcast on the district's website and broadcast on local news and radio stations.  In addition, an automated system will call each parent according to the number(s) documented in the School Max system.  In the event that PGCPS has a late opening, the information will also be broadcast on local news and radio stations.  For instance, if PGCPS opens 2-hours late, our students arrival time will be 9:45 AM.  Breakfast will be served on a 2-hour delay day between 9:55 AM - 8:15 AM.  Students will be provided a "2-Hour Delay" Postcard that can be completed by the parent(s) or guardian(s) prior to which will let the classroom team know whether or not your student had breakfast.   


     Breakfast and Lunch - Breakfast is served daily from 7:55 AM - 8:15 AM.  To support maximum time on learning, our students report to breakfast immediately upon entering the school.  We ask that parents have their child(ren) arrive to school on time to ensure that classroom instruction can start on time. Elementary students eat lunch at 10:30 AM; Middle and High School students eat lunch at 11:00 AM.  Please note that lunch times are the same when schools open 2-hour late.

     Elementary Meal Price - $2.60; Milk - .55 cent 

     Middle and High Meal Price - $2.85; Milk - .55 cent 

     Method of Payment -  Cash payment may be given to the cafeteria manager so your student's account can be updated.  In addition, online payments can be made using a debit or credit card by visiting www.MySchoolBucks.com to set up, review, and add money to your child's account.

     A note can be provided in student's communication log if they have eaten breakfast at home.   

     Communication Logs - Each student will be provided a communication book.  The communication book is to be used daily by both the classroom teacher and parent(s) or guardian(s).  This will foster the home/school partnership.  Most importantly, daily written communication will assist with given voice to our students!  

     Take-Home-Tuesday Folders - Every Tuesday, cherubs will bring home a "Take-Home-Tuesday" (TT) folder that has their name on it.  The "TT" concept is designed to provide parent(s) or guardian(s) with on-going updates regarding school activities and programs; community events and resources; and, Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) information. Please review the materials and resources placed in your student's "TT" folder and return the folder to school the next day in your student's book bag.  

     Calls During School Hours - We encourage your participation and on-going communication with your student's classroom teacher. However, a message will be taken for all calls made during the instructional day. A professional Coach that answers the phone will take a written message to place in the respective Coaches mailbox.  In addition, an email will be sent alerting the Coach that a phone message has been placed in their mailbox.  All phone messages will be returned by the end of the school day given that the individual called was present.  Should you call for the guidance counselor, school nurse, or Principal, your call will be transferred to their office line.  In the event that a recorded message is received, please leave a voice message and your call will be returned within 24 hours.   

     E-mail Communications - We encourage on-going communication with your student's classroom teacher, specialist and administrative team.  E-mail communication is welcome!  You can access your classroom e-mails by clicking on the staff tab. Please note that parent(s) and guardian(s) must provide written permission for our team to provide meeting notices, individual education plans etc. via e-mail.   

     Community Based InstructionClassroom teams accompany students during weekly community based instruction (CBI) trips designed to enhance classroom instruction with real world experiences. Students will be provided opportunities to practice functional skills used to access their community environment. Each classroom's CBI plans will be submitted to the Principal for approval a month in advance.  In turn, a letter will be sent home in the student's "TT" folder for your review. If there are costs associated with CBI trips at the expense of the parent(s) or guardian(s), this will only happen (1) CBI trip per month.  

     School Visitors - Any visitor to a Prince George's County Public Schools site during the school day is required to sign in and secure consent in the school's Main Office upon arrival and prior to initiating any school related business, and to sign out at the conclusion of any designated school-related business. A photo ID is required.  Classroom visits, conferences and participation in school-wide activities are encouraged.  It is important to note that all visits are at the discretion of the Principal. Upon sign-in, classroom visits are allowed to escort students to class, drop off materials and/or provide face-to-face communication prior to or after the instructional day not to exceed 5 minutes.  All classroom observations will be arranged with the Principal at least 24 hours prior to the observation.  All classroom observations will be scheduled for 30 minutes maximum time and a content specialist will accompany the parent(s) or guardian(s) during the observation.  In the event that an educational advocate, outside professional specialist, or other designee(s) have been granted written permission by the parent(s) or guardian(s) to observe a student in his or her classroom - a member of PGCPS Special Education Department Compliance team will accompany the individual(s) during the 30 minute maximum observation time.  There will be no classroom visits during testing; personal care-giving; crisis situations; an emergency, or during emergency drills. 


     Volunteers - Any individual such as parent(s) or guardian(s); mentor; interns; student teachers; community partners who work at a PGCPS site or with our students in classrooms and/or in the community on a continuous basis MUST obtain a commercial background check annually through PGCPS.  Individuals working on a one-time basis only do not need to be fingerprinted, but will not be permitted to be alone with students (including their own) during a school activity/event.   


     Stay Tune for our NEW Safety Plan which will require your input - Developing Paths to Success!!! - PRIDE on 3!