Welcome Washington Parents
Arrival and Dismissal Procedures
Arrival and Dismissal Procedures 2021-2022
Our arrival and dismissal procedures remain the same as last year. Please carefully review our procedures for a safe and organized start:
Morning Arrival - 8:50-9:03 (Tardy bell rings at 9:03)
Beginning at 8:50am, students being dropped off may enter through the main entrance and go directly to their classrooms. Staff will be available to assist. NO STUDENT MAY EXIT A VEHICLE PRIOR TO 8:50 am. There is no school supervision available and it is not safe for them to be unattended. Please keep your child(ren) inside your vehicle until our welcome staff arrives at 8:50am.
- Parents may ONLY use the main parking lot in front of the school; including the spaces through the gated area near the gym. No parent drop-offs are allowed in the bus loop area.
- Due to limited parking, please consider using the drop off/pick up lane. When using the drop-off lane, parents should pull up as far as possible to the front of the lane, let their students out quickly, then move along so that the next cars can drop-off. There is NO parking in the drop-off lane and drivers should NOT exit the vehicle for any reason!
- If you choose to walk your child to the front entry door, you must park in a parking space. Use caution and watch for vehicles. Abide by all regular parking rules, including leaving Handicap spaces for drivers with the proper designation. Do not block driveways or crosswalks.
- Parents MAY NOT accompany students into the building under any circumstances.
- Pack your patience and caution! These procedures are for the safety of all students.
Afternoon Dismissal - 12:12pm on half-days, 3:58pm on full days
- Bussers will be dismissed from their classrooms first, beginning with kindergarten students who will be escorted.
- Pick-Up for Grades K-3: Parents MUST PARK IN A PARKING SPACE and walk to the grassy area near the play pad and gates. Teachers will bring students out to a designated classroom area on the play pad to release children to parents.
- Pick-Up for Grades 4-5: Parents may use the pick-up/drop off lane, however, you MUST REMAIN in your vehicle. Please pull up all the way to allow others to fill in behind you.
- Families with both K-3 and 4-5 students will park and pick up all of their children from the play pad area near the gates.
*Our parking lot is small and our placement on VanDyke is very congested. We encourage to you use bus transportation if you are eligible.
District Technology Resources
Pay Technology Fees Online using SchoolPay
SchoolPay is an online payment tool that allows families to pay for school fees without having to make a special trip to the school or send cash or a check with their students.
Damaged, Lost, or Stolen Devices
- Parents/guardians are financially responsible for accidental or purposeful damage to or the loss of the Device, as well as for any costs incurred due to student's use or misuse of the Device.
- If a Device is damaged, the fee assessed will be:
- 1st incident - parent will pay $25
- 2nd incident - parent will pay $50
- 3rd incident - parent will pay full cost of replacement
It is the parent/guardian responsibility to cover the cost of district-issued accessories (i.e., protective iPad/Chromebook cases and device chargers) in the event of theft, loss or damage due to intentional/unintentional abuse or misuse.
Students who un-enroll from Romeo Community Schools must return the Device along with any issued accessories at the time they leave the District. The Device and all accessories should be returned to the school's main office. Failure to return a Device in a timely fashion may result in legal action or payment in full ($200-$300)
I don’t have internet access, what should I do?
To see if you qualify for reduced-cost internet access, please visit: Michigan Home Internet Options
PowerSchool Parent Portal Instructions
The Parent Portal gives parents the ability to view their children's grades, attendance, and other school information securely via the Internet.
If you do NOT give permission for your child’s work or photo to be published on the school website, please print and sign Denial of Permission to Publish to RCS Website and return it to the school.
Common Sense Media helps families make smart media choices.
If your child is going to be absent, please remember to call the school attendance line at 586-281-2150 before 9:30 a.m.
The answering machine is on 24 hours a day. If your child needs an early dismissal, please send in a note to the teacher, who will forward the information on to the office. It is very important to include the child's last name on all notes and envelopes. If a child is riding home with another student in the school, please send in a note with this information also. Due to the busy end-of-school day in the office, please call us no later than 2:30 p.m. with any changes to your child's dismissal schedule.
Allowance of bus ride changes at the end of the day is at the discretion of the transportation department, therefore all change requests must be communicated through a note to the school office in the morning. Please be sure to have a back-up plan in case transportation is unable to honor the request. NO CHANGES are allowed during the first month of school and it is possible that none will be permitted during the year.
Doctor's notes matter! While we encourage you to try not to pull students out of school for appointments, we understand that scheduling sometimes necessitates it. Any absence verified by a doctor's note is marked as excused. Please make sure to forward these notes to the office as they do make a difference in your child's attendance record.
Welcome Back Volunteers! We are pleased to be able to once again welcome parent volunteers back into our schools beginning after spring break (Monday, April 11). You will be notified through our weekly school newsletter, teacher communications, and/or PTO communications as volunteering opportunities arise. Please keep an eye on those if you have some time to share with our school. As in the past, all volunteers must have current, approved volunteer background checks on file in our office, and we are happy to send them home as needed. We have missed our volunteers and look forward to welcoming them back into our school!
Your child's teacher will communicate through Google Classroom and email. Always keep an updated email address on file to receive School Messenger Communications from the school and district. If you have not done so, be sure to opt-in to School Messenger Text Messages.
School Messenger Sign Up You can sign up for district messages via text, email, and phone.
This is a list of suggested school supplies.
Breakfast and lunch are available at school free-of-charge for all students, all this year. Students will indicate to their teacher each morning upon arrival if they are ordering a school breakfast and/or school lunch.
Students are encouraged to bring a full water bottle to school daily. Please label your student's water bottle with their first and last name to avoid mix-ups.
DAILY NUTRITIOUS SNACK BREAK
Students are welcome to bring a nutritious snack to school. A snack should be simple and should take no more than 5 minutes for a child to eat. Fruit, veggies, cheese sticks, and goldfish are examples of a few recommended snacks. Be aware of restrictions due to food allergies in your child's classroom (the teacher will communicate those with you).
At Washington, we believe that birthdays are an important part of a child’s life and we want to recognize them at school. Children’s birthdays are announced on our daily student broadcast, and students who are celebrating
Toys are not allowed to be brought to Washington. Toys are a distraction and cause a variety of problems when brought to school. PLEASE, leave them at home. This includes playground balls. Students who bring these items to school for after school plans will be asked to keep them in their backpack, and items taken out will be held in the office for parents to pick up.
Cell phones and watches with cellular capabilities (Smart Watches), are not permitted for use during school hours. These devices will be taken and held in the office for parents to pick up if students are found in possession of them.
(SACC) School Age Child Care
The SACC program is offered at Washington Elementary before and after school daily from 6:30am-9:00am and 4:00pm-6:00pm.
All interested parents, or questions about SACC, should be directed to the Early Childhood Department at 586-752-0314. Washington is unable to accept SACC registration forms.
Students may not be dropped off at school prior to 8:50am. Should your schedule need a drop off time prior to 8:50am, please contact the Early Childhood Department regarding SACC.
WASHINGTON SACC: 586-651-8350
School Supply Lists
This is a list of suggested school supplies.
SchoolPay Online Payments
Young Fives and Kindergarten Information
|1st Arrival Bell:||8:58 a.m.|
|Tardy Bell:||9:03 a.m.|
|Dismissal Bell:||3:58 p.m.|
|Half-Day Dismissal:||12:12 p.m.|
Please call before 9:30 a.m.
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58230 Van Dyke
Washington, MI 48094