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Principal: Dorothy Clowers
Assistant Principal: Betty Garrett
Important Parent Information Reminders
SCHOOL HOURS: School begins promptly at 7:45 a.m. and ends at 1:55 p.m. Remember…in order to receive the full benefit of the instructional program at William Paca Elementary School it is important to be present and on time every day. For the safety of our students, children are not permitted to arrive at school before 7:30 a.m unless they are having breakfast. An adult must remain with non-breakfast eaters until the doors open at 7:30 a.m. This year, William Paca has been selected to participate in the Maryland Meals Program where all of our students receive free breakfast daily. Breakfast will be served from 7:25am- 7:40am. To assist our cafeteria staff in being prepared to start lunch on time, the breakfast line must close promptly at 7:40am. All students arriving to school late other than late buses must eat breakfast at home.
PRE-KINDERGARTEN HOURS: AM Class 7:45 a.m.—10:15 p.m. (includes breakfast and snack)/PM class-11:20 a.m.-1:55 p.m. (includes lunch and snack). A.M. students must be picked up no later than 10:20 a.m. and P.M. students may not be dropped off before 11:20 a.m.
DISMISSAL PROCEDURES: Dismissal starts at 1:45 p.m. in the following order: Walkers students will be dismissed first, followed by Bus Students and Car riders. Please understand that for the safety of your children, visitors will not be allowed in the building during active dismissal. There will be no early dismissal after 1:15 p.m.
INCLEMENT WEATHER AND EMERGENCY EARLY DISMISSAL: Whenever there is the threat of precipitation, please monitor television and radio stations as well as www1.pgcps.org for information regarding early closings. If the school system dismisses 2 hours early, students will be dismissed at 11:55 a.m.All students are expected to go home as they normally do. After 11:55 a.m., staff is also dismissed. No staff members will be on duty to monitor students.
UNIFORM POLICY: The students are required to wear white polo shirts, navy blue uniform pants, jumpers, skirts, or skorts and all black shoes at all times. There will no exceptions to this policy. Donating your old, clean uniforms would greatly benefit new and returning William Paca families.
HOMEWORK POLICY: Homework is assigned nightly. We ask parents to help their child by establishing some homework guidelines and cooperating with the teacher in seeing that the assignments are completed. Please check your child’s backpack on a daily basis.
ATTENDANCE: Your child should be in school on time and in classes every day. Please help us to provide our children with the knowledge needed to be smart and productive by minimizing absences and tardiness. Children can never regain time lost from instruction because they are late or tardy.
Absences: Illnesses and emergencies are excused absences. All students should return to school after an absence with a signed note explaining the absence. An out-of-town trip is not an excused absence. We cannot expect students to perform satisfactory if they are not present for instructions.
Tardies:Students are tardy at 7:46 a.m.Students should be in their seats and ready to work at 7:45 a.m. Repeated tardies and absences will result in a conference with administration.