The school day begins at 7:30 a.m. and ends at 2:50 p.m. Student should arrive to school before 7:30 a.m. No student will be allowed in the building or be supervised before 7:30 a.m. All students must report straight to homeroom unless eating breakfast. Tardiness will not be tolerated. For information on delays or closings click here.
All visitors to the school must stop by the main office and present a valid state or government issued photo ID to sign in and pick up a visitor's badge.
Online Lunch Account Access
Click here to access PayPams to transfer money to your child's lunch account online.
Cell phone/Electronics Policy
Students may bring cell phones to school. However, phones must be turned totally off (not on silent or vibrate mode) and kept out of sight during the school day . If a phone is turned on during the school day, it will be confiscated and held until a parent picks it up. Also, cell phones must remain turned off on the school bus. Students may not bring iPods, MP-3 players, CD Players, cameras, camcorders, or video games to school. These items will also be confiscated and held until a parent picks them up. Continued violations of this policy will result in further disciplinary actions.
Students with Medication
Medication should be sent to school only when absolutely necessary. All medication (prescription and nonprescription) must be kept in the health room along with acompleted “Physician’s Medication Authorization For Prescription and Non-Prescription Medication” Form (PS-51) with doctor’s signature. Any student possessing unauthorized medication will be suspended and/or expelled from school.
We suggest that students be at their bus stops at least 10 minutes before the scheduled pick-up time. Also, students should note both their a.m. and p.m. bus route numbers since they are not always the same. To access bus stop information, click here.
Maryland State Law requires you attend school regularly everyday. Regular attendance is a must if you want to succeed and do well in school. Your attendance is monitored very closely by your teachers, guidance counselor, and administrator. Your parents will be called when you are absent from school. Parents should call the school anytime a student is absent. When you are absent and return to school, you must give your homeroom teacher a note from home. The note should contain the reason for being absent, dates of absence, and your parent's signature. If you are absent for more than five days you need to bring a note from the doctor explaining your absence. If you are going to be absent for more than three days your parents/guardian should call the guidance office to request assignments from your teachers. If you do not bring in a signed note stating a legal reason for being absent, your absence is considered illegal and unexcused. You will receive a "0" in each class for the day and assignments and homework cannot be made up. Unexcused illegal absences are subject to additional disciplinary actions.
The State of Maryland considers the following lawful reasons for being absent:
Death in immediate family
Illness of the student
- Hazardous weather
Observance of religious holiday
- Work approved by school
Lack of authorized transportation
Students who are consistently absent or tardy will be referred to the Pupil Personnel Worker for action and may be considered for retention based on the number of days absent or tardy.
Only authorized individuals may pick a student up from school. The student will not be called to the office until the authorized individual reports to the office and displays a valid state or government issued phot ID.
Parents should call the Guidance Office at 301-449-4892 to schedule a conference with their child's team of teachers.
Student Conduct Information
Student academic success can only be achieved in a safe and orderly environment. In order to meet these expectations, all members of the school community - parents, students, and educators - must accept responsibility for sustaining a high level of positive personal performance. All schools have a certain set of rules and regulations that govern student behavior. These rules are a balance between the responsibilities of the individuals and the responsibilities of the school. We recognize that our students are youngsters in transition and often need adult assistance in managing their behavior. Students and parents must realize that we will not allow one student's negative behavior to hinder another student from learning or stop a teacher from teaching. The Code of Student Conduct has been established as the policy and procedure related to student behavior. All behavioral decisions regarding students are guided by this code.