Class Policies & Procedures

Communication: As the year goes on I want to make sure we have an open communication system between school and home. Please feel free to email any time, and I will do my best to reply within 24 hours as my time to check email is before and after school. My school email is eackerman1@dcsdk12.org. I will send home monthly newsletters (electronically to save paper, but please let me know if you prefer a paper copy) as well as communicate through student’s Home Folders weekly to let you know of any glows and/or grows for that week behavior-wise.

*24 Hour IHE Attendance Hotline (for absences): 303-387-8527

 

Dismissal:

Arrival Procedures

We are continuing our rolling entry, which begins at 8:18am. Students should NOT arrive before 8:18am or be released from their vehicles until the first bell rings. Students will enter in one of four assigned doors (see photo below):

  • PreK/K/! Students will enter from the Front Doors
  • 2nd/3rd grade Students will enter from the East playground doors
  • 4th/5th grade Students will enter from the West playground doors
  • Bus riders will enter from the door near the cafeteria

Students will walk immediately to their classrooms. For students who are walking younger siblings in, they may enter in the younger siblings door, take them to their hallway, and proceed to their classroom. 

Dismissal Procedures

Students who need to be picked up early must do so before 3:00pm. We are no longer releasing students after this time due to end of the day activities and dismissal procedures. Students will be released in one of 3 ways: bus riders, walkers, and car pick up. 

We are no longer allowing park and pick up as we are keeping students in the classroom for release to limit student contact and parent/teacher contact. 

Students will be dismissed as follows:

Walkers - 3:20pm

Bus Riders - 3:22pm

Car Pick Up Begins - 3:25pm

Walkers should plan to meet parents at the following locations depending upon where they are heading:

Red Barn on the Pathway

Exit to the Gravel Lot

Chain Fence on the Turf

Car Riders will be picked up by parents using the phone app - PikMyKid. You will be receiving more information about how to download this app shortly. 

At the entrance to the Gravel lot, parents/guardians will use the app to “announce” their arrival. They will then drive into the gravel lot and exit the gravel lot to get in the pick up line. A staff member will be at the entrance and exit of the Gravel Lot to provide support if needed. 

Once a parent/guardian announces they are at the school, the teacher in the classroom will be notified and students will be released to walk to the car pick up line. Students will be released in order of arrival to facilitate a quick release. Families who utilize a carpool system will be able to do so with the app very easily. 

If you choose to arrive before 3:25pm for the line, you will need to wait until this time to have students released. Staff will not be able to support until this time as well. If you forget your phone or do not have one, we will also be providing placards to place in your vehicle that we can use to “announce” for you. Details on how to download the app and placards will be given to you during Meet the Teacher next week. 



Grading: Elementary Progress Reports (EPRs) are sent home two times a year; before winter break and before summer vacation. You will be asked to attend a virtual fall and spring conference for your child, to touch base on growth and next steps in the classroom. Many assignments may come home from me without marks or grades, but know that I am assessing work informally. Weekly or bi-weekly assessments may be collected and graded, but I may keep some of to show you at conferences.

Birthdays

Invitations: Please only send birthday invitations to school for distribution if all students from the class are included. I cannot provide contact information for students due to confidentiality. Please utilize the school directory for this information.

Treats: Due to the high number of students with severe food allergies and special dietary concerns, as well as Iron Horse's emphasis on health and wellness, birthday celebrations may not include edible treats. Please save birthday treats for your home celebration. If you'd like to do something special for your child's birthday, they may bring a favorite book to read to the class or donate a small gift such as an educational game, a book for the class library, a ball to be used on the playground, or a pencil for each student in the room. All birthdays will be listed on our common area TV!

Snacks and Water: Students can bring a healthy, nut-free, snack for our morning snack break at 9:45am as well as our afternoon recess/snack break at 1:55pm. Please save any unhealthy treats for home. If your child would like to bring a water bottle, please make sure it has an easy open lid (that stays tight), and their name on it. They will need to take home their water bottles daily to be cleaned. Please do not send water bottles with juice or other liquids.