• Information

      Visitors

    Visitors (including parents) to Mt. Rainier Elementary School must report to the main office immediately upon entering the building.

    Visitors must show a valid, government issued ID, sign in, and obtain a pass before proceeding throughout the building.  This pass must remain visible at all times.  Visitors should not go to the classrooms without an appointment set by the teacher or administration.  Please be mindful that instruction is our business and is sacred to our school.  Upon leaving the school, all visitors must report to the office and sign out. 

    If a court has ordered restrictions against any persons regarding visitations with your child, please provide the office with copies of the court orders. 

    If you bring something for your child during the day, you may be asked to leave it at the main office.


    Classroom Visitation

    Classroom visitation provides parents with an opportunity to observe the great things happening within the classrooms and to view your child in his or her daily setting. 

    It is vital that you make an appointment with the teacher or administrator in order to eliminate interruptions to instruction and/or classroom schedules, and to ensure safety.


    Volunteers

    Students feel a sense of pride when they see their parents and other familiar adults helping in their school.  Parent volunteers are eagerly sought at Mount Rainier Elementary.  We can use support in any capacity you feel comfortable with providing.  Working with students to support learning, practice, and mastery can be very rewarding for both the child and the volunteer.  Working at home to type, cut, organize, and design, saves teachers a lot of time that would otherwise keep them from directly working with students.  Shopping for events, copying, organizing outside activities, and even participating in fundraising is a big support to the children and our school.

    Mount Rainier Elementary is working to establish an active volunteer program.  If you would like to volunteer, please contact our Parent and Community Outreach Assistant, Ms. Barrientos at 301-985-1810.

    PGCPS Board of Education Policy now requires that volunteers undergo a background check and fingerprinting to ensure the safety of students, staff, and fellow volunteers at all school sites.  Volunteers and mentors working on a regular basis with students, in an unsupervised capacity, or chaperoning an overnight trip must undergo a criminal background check with fingerprinting.  A criminal background check with fingerprinting is required only one time.  The fee is currently $56.57 for a criminal background check with fingerprinting.  This background check lasts a lifetime and does not have to be renewed from year to year. Exceptions:
    volunteers may compete commercial background check (cost = $7.26) if escorted by PGCPS employee at all times while on campus for a one-time event such as career day, book fairs, school dances, etc.  

    Chaperones who will participate in a day field trip must undergo a fingerprint background check.  The fee is currently $56.57 for a criminal background check with fingerprinting. Costs may be reduced or waiver for parents/guardians who qualify for Free and Reduced Meals. If interested, bring a copy of your FARMS eligibility letter from the Department of food and Nutrition Services.

    All background checks must be obtained through the Prince George’s County Public Schools Fingerprinting Office.  All volunteers and chaperones are responsible for the cost of a background check and fingerprinting.  Call the Fingerprinting Office at 301-952-6775 for additional information. 

    This policy will be in effect for all parents and members of the school community that volunteer or chaperone the students at Mount Rainier Elementary.  Those volunteers receiving a background check will receive a two-part receipt documenting completion of the requisite background check and fingerprinting.  Please bring the yellow receipt to the school as it is required to be kept on file.

     All visitors to the school are required to come directly to the main office, and be prepared to show, a valid, government issued photo ID.  We appreciate your support in keeping our children safe.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call.


    Attendance

    Daily Attendance

    All students are expected to attend school regularly in accordance with The Public Schools Laws and Bylaws of Maryland 1984.  According to Bylaw 13A.08.01.02, “Absence from school, including absence for any portion of the day, of students who are presently enrolled in public schools shall be considered lawful only under the following conditions:

    • death in the immediate family,

    • illness of the child,

    • health quarantine,

    • court summons,

    • hazardous weather conditions which would endanger the health or safety of the student when in transit to and from school,

    • work or activity approved or sponsored by the school or the local school system, or the state education agency,

    • observance of a religious holiday, or state emergency.

    Excessive absences will result in a referral to the Pupil Personnel Worker for further investigation. 

    Family vacations and babysitting younger children are not lawful reasons for absenteeism, and will not be counted as such.

    Tardiness

    Children may enter the cafeteria for breakfast at 7:20 a.m.  Students are expected to be seated in their classroom and ready to learn at 7:45 a.m.  The beginning of the day is extremely important for students and teachers.  When a child arrives late, the class and teacher are inconvenienced and the late student is unaware of announcements and instruction that has already been given.  In addition, arriving on time is a habit that we work to establish with all children at a young age.  We urge parents to make every effort to have your child at school on time each day.  Students arriving late, after 7:45 a.m., must report with their parent/legal guardian to the office to obtain a late pass to take to their teacher.  Excessive tardies may result in a referral to the Pupil Personnel Worker for further action.

    Students late without a note have 48 hours to produce a note.  Students who are late because of school buses will not be penalized and will be provided with a late pass. Students who are late because of transportation of any type other than school buses will not be excused.  Trips, traffic and vacations are not considered excused late arrivals.

    Absence

    When the child returns to school after an absence, you must send a note to the teacher explaining the reason for the child’s absence.  Teachers will review missed work when a child returns to school after an excused lawful absence.  Parents are encouraged to contact the teacher to obtain missed assignments.

    Students who are absent one or two days must submit a note from the parent/legal guardian to their teacher within two days of their return to school stating the date and reason for the absence and a phone number where the parent can be contacted during the day.  Students who are absent three or more days must bring in a note from their physician.  Students who are absent for reasons not stated in under daily attendance or who fail to provide an acceptable note within 48 hours, will have their absence marked as unexcused, and they may not be allowed to make up the work they missed in class.

    If a student is going to be absent from school for more than three days for medical reasons, the parent/legal guardian needs to inform the school so that arrangements can be made for make-up work.

    Changes in School Hours

    When schools are closed early or all day, all field trips and evening activities are cancelled and school buildings are not available for after-school activities by other public or private organizations.


    Delayed Openings

    • One-hour delay: All buses run one hour later than normal.  School begins one hour later, at 8:45 a.m.  Student drop-off time 8:20 a.m.

    • Two-hour delay:  All buses run two hours later than normal.  School begins two hours later, at 9:45 a.m.  Student drop-off time 9:20 a.m. 

    Early Closing

    Early closing decisions are made by the superintendent of Prince George’s County Public Schools. It is most imperative that you make plans in advance for your child’s care in case schools are dismissed early.  You could possibly be away from your home at the time an emergency occurs.  Make decisions now, before the emergency, so that your child will know where to go when you are not home. Child Care providers should be made aware of any changes as well.  If your emergency/early dismissal plan for your child changes, please be certain to notify the school of the change immediately.

    Early Release/Half Day

    At times during the school year, the students may have a half day of school.  At Mount Rainier, this means that dismissal will begin at 10:50 a.m.  Parents are expected to make appropriate arrangements for children as no provision exists for children to be cared for at school.


    Arrival and Dismissal

    School Hours for Students are 7:45 a.m. to 1:55 p.m.

    School Office Hours are 7:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

    Arrival

    No student should report to school prior to 7:20 a.m. as there is no supervision for their safety until after that time.  Students who eat breakfast may enter the building at 7:20 a.m.  It is very important for all students to come to school on time every day.  Students should be in their seats and ready to learn before or at 7:45 a.m.   Parents are encouraged to let children enter the school building independently. 


    We are working to improve our attendance, because we must have a 94% attendance rate to meet the Maryland State Standard!    


    Dismissal

    Afternoon announcements begin at 1:55 p.m., when dismissal begins. 

    1. After Care students (students are dismissed to the music room)

    2. Car Riders/Walkers (Students who walk home or are picked up by car)

    3. Bus (Bus riders are dismissed to the cafeteria to line up according to bus number)


    Children that are picked up by an after-care service will be dismissed once the provider has arrived.  Students may not return to class for items or materials after dismissal.

    If a child is to be dismissed to a different location, parents must send a note indicating the date and the change to take place.  A child may not visit another child’s home after school or be transported by a person not in your family without prior written parent approval.  This rule is for all children’s safety.  If a student does not bring a note to school, we will insist that he/she follow the normal dismissal routine.  Verbal permission will not be accepted.  Once a student has boarded the bus, the student will not be removed from the bus.  If you do not wish for your child to ride the bus on a particular day, a note must be received by 1:00 p.m.  All notes will be verified by a phone call, for all students wishing to ride another bus.  Again, this regulation is for all children’s safety.

    Get ready to go home by 1:55 p.m.

    • Remember the items and materials which must be taken home, and have them ready.  You may not return to the room after dismissal.

    • Walk quietly in a single line during dismissal.  Stay to the right of the hallway.

    • Go directly home—You may not remain on school property unless you are involved in a supervised activity. You may not go to a friend’s house.

    Early Dismissal

    Occasionally, you may have to check your child out of school to go to the doctor or dentist.  If you must do this, the child must be signed out of the Main Office before 1:30 p.m.  There are to be no early departures between 1:30 p.m. and 1:55 p.m.  This is one of the most important times of the day, and classes cannot be interrupted.  During the conclusion of the day, teachers are reviewing work covered, making certain that students understand the homework assignment, and that students get all materials in their book bags.  Parents are not to enter classrooms at this time, and under no circumstances are they to leave with a child during this time.


    REMEMBER, ALL VISITORS AT ALL TIMES MUST SIGN-IN IN THE MAIN OFFICE.  THIS IS FOR THE SAFETY AND PROTECTION OF ALL OUR CHILDREN.

    Parents are asked to send a note to the child’s teacher.  The note will be given to the school office for verification.  When arriving to pick up children for early dismissal, parents must report to the main office.  Every adult that wishes to pick up a child from school must show a valid, government issued picture ID.  There will be no exceptions.  Office staff will notify the teacher that you have arrived and your child will meet you in the office.  If a child is being picked up by an adult outside the family, that person must be designated on the child’s Student Information Sheet, or have a note from the parent or guardian on record, and they must show a valid, government issued picture ID. This precaution is in the interest of maintaining your child’s security.  Early dismissals are only permitted prior to 1:30 p.m.  After that time, you will have to wait for normal dismissal times/procedures.  This helps ensure a safe and smooth dismissal for all.

    Unless the office has been notified in writing, no changes will be made to a student’s regular dismissal routine.  When possible, if you alter your child’s dismissal routine, please discuss the changes with your child in advance.


    Special Directions for Those Who Drive Their Children to School

    This year we will be implementing new arrival procedures for students who are dropped off via car riders.  Parents should not drop off their children before 7:20 a.m.  There is no supervision before 7:20 a.m.  32nd Street will be blocked off until our school buses have arrived and dropped off students.  Afterwards, we will open 32nd Street to car riders.  Parents sho
    uld follow the following procedures when dropping off their child (ren):

    1. Cones will be placed on the sidewalk indicating the area in which students can exit the car.

    2. Students should not exit the vehicle on the street side.  All students are asked to exit the vehicle on the school side.

    3. Parents should follow the direction of the Patrols and staff members in pulling up to the drop off area.

    4. Parents should not exit their vehicle.  Patrols and staff members will open car doors for students.

    5. Parents should wait to be directed to move forward and/or pull out onto 32nd Street after your child has exited the car.

    6. There will be no idling and/or parking in the drop off area.  If you need to enter the school with your child (ren), please park on the street or in the church parking lot on the corner of 32nd Street and Shepherd Street.


    PM Dismissal: 32nd Street between Bunker Hill Road and Shepherd Street will be closed to all traffic in the afternoon between 1:45 p.m. and 2:15 p.m.  This procedure is in place for the SAFETY of all children. It is impossible for buses to see and stop for children who exit or walk between parked cars.  We appreciate your cooperation.


    Please be aware that the Mt. Rainier Police Department assists in the enforcement of this procedure.

    Change in Arrival / Dismissal Routine

    In cases of poor weather conditions or other local emergencies, the dismissal routine may be modified.  Local school personnel are not responsible for the final decision to close school. The superintendent or designee will make such decisions. These decisions concerning school/early morning closings are generally made prior to 5:00 a.m.  The goal is to tune in to the stations in time for early morning broadcasts that begin between 5:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m.  This information may also be accessed on the Prince George’s County Public Schools web page at www.pgcps.org.  Parents can sign up to receive e-mails about delayed openings and early closings at www.schoolsout.com.  In addition, the school system’s cable television station, Channel 96, will broadcast a “crawl” message.

    Decisions regarding early dismissal (when schools close half-day, or one or two hours early) are also communicated to area radio and television stations for broadcast.  During emergency weather conditions, parents should monitor the weather reports on television or radio and listen for announcements concerning school operations.