Parents

Van Ness Schedule

Come to school on time! The instructional day begins at 8:45 AM (enter the building at 8:40 to be in class by 8:45). Students not attending Springboard may arrive at 8:25 AM for breakfast in the classroom. If you come after 8:45 AM, stop at the main office for a tardy slip. School dismissal is 3:15 PM.

Attendance

Regular school attendance is critical for academic success. It is our goal that all students attend school regularly and on-time.

DCPS Attendance Protocols

What is the school attendance law?

The District of Columbia Compulsory School Attendance Law 8- 247 and DC Municipal Regulations Title V Ch. 21 govern mandatory school attendance and the ways schools must respond when students are truant. The Compulsory School Attendance Law states that parents/guardians who fail to have their children attend school are subject to the following:
· Truancy charges may be filed against the student or parent
· Neglect charges may be filed against the parent
· Parents may be fined or jailed
· School-aged students may be picked up by law enforcement officers during school hours for suspected truancy
· Students may be referred to Court Diversion and other community based interventions
· Parents and students may be assigned community service and placed under court supervision/probation

What is truancy?

Truancy is the unexcused absence from school by a minor (5-17 years of age) with or without approval, parental knowledge, or consent.

Excused absences are when school-aged students are absent from school with a valid excuse and parental approval. Examples of excused absences include:
· Student illness (a doctor’s note is required if a student is absent for more than three days)
· Death in the student’s immediate family
· Necessity for a student to attend a judicial proceeding as a plaintiff, defendant, witness or juror
· Observance of a religious holiday
· Temporary school closings due to weather, unsafe conditions or other emergencies
· Medical reasons such as a doctor’s appointment (a doctor’s note is required)
· Emergency circumstances approved by the school

Unexcused absences are when school-aged students are absent from school without a valid excuse. Examples of unexcused absences include:
· Babysitting
· Doing errands
· Oversleeping
· Cutting classes
· Extended travel/vacation (domestic or international)

What happens if a student misses school?

· Parents of students with five (5) unexcused absences will be requested to participate in a truancy conference
· Parents of students with ten (10) total absences – excused or unexcused–will be requested to participate in an attendance conference
· Students ages 5-13 with ten (10) unexcused absences will be referred to the Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA) for suspected educational neglect

When a student is absent from school a note or medical slip should be sent to Ms. Ferrier in the main office. You may also send an e-mail to tamika.ferrier@dc.gov. The note should include the date(s) of the absence and the reason. Student absences without notes will be marked unexcused. Please note, that absences due to illness of more than 3 days requires a doctor's note.

School Forms

To enroll at Van Ness or for updated medical forms, download the forms at https://dcps.dc.gov/page/enrollment-forms.

School Lunch

Van Ness is a nut-free school. You can find the school menus at https://dcps.dc.gov/menus. Payment can be made through www.myschoolbucks.com. Students are also welcome to bring their own (nut-free) lunch to school.

If your child has dietary restrictions, be sure to complete the request forms. You can find them at https://dcps.dc.gov/publication/dietary-accommodations-instructions-and-.... Email the forms to food.dcps@dc.gov or turn them in to our main office and they will be submitted for you.

Springboard

Springboard provides before and after care at Van Ness. Before-care is available from 7:00-8:25 AM. After-care is available from 3:15-6:00 PM. Enroll your child in Springboard before or after care at http://www.springboardkids.com/. A list of the Fall enrichment activities are below.

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