• Can siblings accompany me when I volunteer?

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    Teachers will often ask for parent volunteers, however, we ask that you do not bring other children.

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  • What should we do if my child is absent?

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    Please submit a note when your child(ren) returns to school from being absent. If your child is absent for more than 5 days, a doctor's note must be submitted. Students who are absent 10 days or more in a school year are considered excessively absent by the Maryland State Department of Education.

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  • Can we come on field trips?

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    Field trip chaperones are selected randomly. All volunteers are required to go through a background check. Overnight field trips and Drownproofing require fingerprinting. Background checks can take up to 3 weeks to complete for approval. Parents not selected as an approved chaperone for a field trip are not allowed to meet the class at the field trip site.

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  • Can I visit my child at lunch?

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    You are welcome to have lunch with your child. Please check in the office beforehand. No siblings are allowed to accompany you. For safety reasons we do not allow visitors to accompany students outside for recess.

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  • How do we celebrate birthdays at Shady Side?

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    Birthdays will be celebrated at school by a morning announcement and a visit to the office for a ribbon and pencil. Food items as birthday treats will not be permitted to be shared in school.  You may send goodie-bag type items such as pencils or stickers.

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  • How do I let Shady Side know if I'm making changes to normal dismissal procedures?

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    If your child is being picked up by you, or an adult listed on the emergency card, or if you want them to go home on their regulary scheduled bus, you can send in a note with your child in the morning or call the office by 3:30 p.m. The office is a very busy place at dismissal, so to avoid any confusion will not be calling students down to the office for early dismissal pick up between 3:30 and 3:45. Avoid sending in emails later in the day or calling at the end of the day to avoid any miscommunication.

    If you are picking up your child, car rider parents park in the side lot. You'll need to leave the car and come to meet children in the gym. Until staff recognize all parents, be ready to show identification. If you are sending someone to pick up your child, who is not on the emergency card, you must call the school and talk directly to a secretary or administrator. Again, they will be asked to show identification.

    Please do not call the school to make a bus change on the day you would like it to occur. The school administration, the transportation office and the bus company should agree that this can occur. Mrs. Quigley in the office has a form you can fill out to request a future bus change.

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  • What time does school start?

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    Doors open at 8:55 AM

    Students are tardy as of 9:15 AM

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