Marie Reed Elementary School

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Basic Information

SCHOOL HOURS

The instructional day operates from 8:45am – 3:15pm daily for students.  Students are asked to arrive by 8:30am each day in order to greet their teacher, get settled in, and be prepared for the day to start on time.

The main office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00am until 4:30pm year-round, with the exception of observed holidays.

VISITOR POLICY

Parents and guardians are always welcome to visit their children’s classroom but are expected to arrange the visit with the child’s teacher in advance.  Upon arrival, parents and guardians are expected to sign in with security, receive a visitor’s pass, and report to the main office to request a classroom visit. Please note that all visitors and parents must sign in if arriving after 9:00am. To ensure the safety of each child, we must be aware of all adults visiting in the building. If a conference with a teacher is necessary, an appointment must be arranged in advance before the visit can take place. This prevents any interruption to the instructional program. To ensure the safety and security of our building, visitors are not allowed in the classroom without the presence of the teacher.

DAILY PROCEDURES

Building Access

For the safety of our students and staff, all visitors are asked to use the school’s main entrance on 18th Street to enter and exit the building. When existing to the Ontario Road side, never let anyone you don’t know in behind you.

Arrival

Unless a child is enrolled in Before-Care, student supervision will not be provided until after 8:05am. Students in grades 1st – 5th may be dropped off after 8:05 am on the playground facing 18th St NW. Preschool and Kindergarten students gather on the ECE playground accessible via Ontario Road NW.

Starting at 8:20am, 1st through 5th grade students will be escorted inside for breakfast in the cafeteria. Teachers will pick up students from the cafeteria by 8:40am.  Starting at 8:35am, preschool and kindergarten teachers will meet their classes on the playground and bring them inside for breakfast in their classrooms.

If the temperature is 32° or lower, or if it is raining, students may enter the school starting at 8:05am.  Preschool and kindergarten students will gather in the ECE common area, and 1st through 5th grade students will gather in the cafeteria.

Dismissal

Beginning at 3:15pm, teachers from grades 1st – 5th will escort students to the 18th St NW entrance for dismissal. Any person who picks up a student must sign the student out with their child’s teacher. Teachers may not sign out a student to any individual unless the parent/guardian has authorized that person to pick him/her up. It may be necessary to consult with the main office or principal if there is a question about whether an individual is authorized to pick up a student.

Preschool, Pre-Kindergarten, and Kindergarten students will be dismissed on the ECE playground accessible via Ontario Rd NW. If a family has siblings across multiple grades, but one or more of the siblings is in Early Childhood, the older siblings will be sent to the Ontario Road playground for dismissal. Individuals are kindly asked to wait in their grade-level’s designated pick-up area and not crowd the door to the school.

If the temperature is 32° or lower, or if it is raining, doors will open for pick-up at 3:10. In these cases, parents will be allowed in the building at 3:10 to meet their children in the designated dismissal area.

  • Preschool and kindergarten students will be picked up from their classrooms.
  • 1st through 5th grade students will be picked up from the gym.

Arriving by Vehicle

For all arriving by vehicle:

  • When dropping off students, make sure to pull all the way up to the curb and let your children out on the school side of the street.
  • Never stop in the traffic lane to drop off or pick up anyone.
  • Do not make U-turns near the school.
  • Do not block crosswalks, fire hydrants, or alleys.
  • Obey the speed limit and cell phone laws.
  • Be polite to other drivers and children.

Vehicle Drop-Off on Ontario Road:

  • Ontario Road is a residential street.  Please do not block driveways or crosswalks and do not double park.
  • 15-minute drop-off spaces are available on Old Morgan School Place.

Arriving on Foot:

  • Obey all traffic signs and signals.
  • Cross the street safely:
    1. Stop at the curb or edge of the street.
    2. Always use the designated Pedestrian crosswalks to cross
    3. Look left, right, left and behind you and in front of you for traffic.
    4. Wait until no traffic is coming and begin crossing.
    5. Keep looking for traffic until you have finished crossing.
    6. Walk, don’t run across the street.

Tips and suggestions to relieve traffic congestion near the school:

  • Students who live nearby should walk or ride bikes.
  • Park near the school and walk the rest of the way.
  • Ride share or use public transportation.
  • Leave a few minutes early to allow plenty of time before drop-off and pick-up times.

Give your children their money, school papers, and hugs and kisses before they get to school.

EMERGENCY PROCEDURES

We take safety and preparedness seriously at Marie Reed Elementary School. It is a privilege and responsibility to care for and educate your children every day. As you may expect, we practice safety drills periodically at school so that in the unlikely event of a real emergency, our students and staff are prepared to act swiftly to ensure that all are safe and accounted for.

Below is a description of the various drills that are practiced at Marie Reed, as well as some tips for how to discuss these with your children at home.

Fire Drill: Conducted once per month. Students are to line up with their teacher and move quickly and quietly to the nearest exit, gathering in the designated sidewalk outside of the building. If a child is out of his or her classroom at the time of a fire drill, he or she is to find the nearest teacher or staff member and evacuate with that group. Once outside, teachers and staff communicate to ensure that all students are accounted for. Teachers escort their students back into the building when the principal issues the “all clear.”

Earthquake Drill: Conducted once per year. Students are to DROP to the floor; take COVER under a nearby desk or table, facing way from the windows; and HOLD on to the table or desk legs. Once the principal issues the “all clear,” teachers will direct students that it is safe to stand up. Lockdown Drill (when there is a potential threat OUTSIDE the building): Conducted once per year. Students are to be cleared from the halls and open spaces and remain in their classroom until the principal issues the “all clear.” All exterior doors will be locked, and no one will be allowed IN or OUT of the building during the drill.

Active Shooter Drill (when there is a potential threat INSIDE the building): Conducted once per year. Students are to be cleared from the halls and open spaces and report to the nearest available enclosed/self-contained classroom. All windows and doors will be locked, and no one will leave for any reason. Lights will be turned off, students will be moved away from doors and windows, and all will remain silent until the principal issues the “all clear.”

Relocation Site: In the event that our building has to be evacuated and it is deemed unsafe or unsuitable to return, all students and staff will relocate to a nearby school. In the event of a real relocation, all families will be notified via robo-call.

To assist you with discussing these drills with your children, take a look at this article from the Huffington Post.

ATTENDANCE POLICY

Marie Reed enforces the DCPS attendance policy, which is guided by DC Municipal Regulations.  School attendance law requires parents to send to school all children between the ages of five (5) and eighteen (18). They must attend school each day, and they must be on time. To set a strong foundation of educational success, we strongly urge all preschool and pre-kindergarten students to attend school daily and on time as well. Students who report to school late will miss valuable instructional time. Please make every effort to ensure your child arrives on time each day.

Accurate accounting for all students begins at 8:45am.  Students arriving after 8:45pm will be marked tardy, and they must receive a tardy pass issued by the main office before reporting to the classroom.

If a student must be absent, please send a written note within five (5) days to Ms. Moreno in the main office explaining the reason for the absence. Verbal excuses will not be accepted.

According to DCPS Attendance Policy, excused absences include:

  • Death in the student’s immediate family
  • Illness of the student (A doctor’s certificate is required for a student absent for more than five (5) days.)
  • Observance of a religious holiday.
  • Medical reasons such as a doctor’s appointment.

Excused Absence Policy: excused absences are when school aged students are absent from school with a valid excuse and parental approval. Excuse notes must be provided to the office WITHIN 5 DAYS for them to be valid excused absences.

Unexcused absences are when school aged students are absent from school without a valid excuse, with or without parental approval.

K-12 out-of-boundary students with more than 10 unexcused absences or 20 unexcused tardies can be asked to return to their neighborhood schools at the end of the school year, provided the out-of-boundary school has implemented and documented ALL of the required DCPS attendance interventions. This policy does not apply to students in preschool or pre-kindergarten.

UNIFORMS

Marie Reed is a uniformed school. All students are expected to be in uniform every day (unless it is otherwise stated by the school administration). Marie Reed’s uniform is as follows:

  • Dark green polo shirts
  • Khaki pants, skirt, shorts or jumper
  • Grey cardigan sweater

Please refrain from sending your child to school in anything other than the school uniform, as uniform policy will be consistently enforced.

If your child is sent to school in attire that does not fit the uniform, they may not be able to participate in some activities, or you may be called to the school.

Additionally, Marie Reed is committed to finding more opportunities for your child to be physically active. Please ensure that uniforms are appropriately sized. Also, please ensure that your child is coming to school in comfortable, safe footwear that is suitable for playground activities (i.e. no flip flops, heels).

The PTA has worked with Land’s End and French Toast to have our Mare Reed logoed attire available to purchase. These logos are not required but definitelyencouraged to add to the school spirit! You will also be supporting the school if you decide to purchase a uniform from either of these vendors because a percentage of the sales get kicked back to the school! To purchase these uniforms, simply go on the websites and enter the corresponding school code to find our uniforms:

FrenchToast.com – QS4SHA
LandsEnd.com – 900165507

You can also find the pieces of the uniform at any Target, Wal-Mart or Kids 4 Less. Marie Reed is sometimes able to secure uniform donations for families who cannot afford the entire uniform. At times we also provide families in need with coats, undergarments and shoes. Please contact the school’s counselor, Ms. Silva, for more information.

INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY

Marie Reed Elementary School adheres to the DCPS Inclement Weather Policy. Any decision to close or delay school due to weather is made by the Chancellor of Schools and the Mayor. Families are encouraged to monitor local news outlets as well as DCPS’ website, Facebook page, and Twitter handle for the most up-to-date announcements.

In the event of a 2-hour delay, we will adhere to the following schedule:

  • Doors will open for students at 10:05am
  • Breakfast will not be served.
  • Instructional day will begin at 10:45am.
  • Lunch will be served to all students at the regularly scheduled times.
  • Specials will occur at regularly scheduled times.
  • School will be dismissed at 3:15pm.