Students gather in the schoolyard when they arrive at school. Students
may not be in the schoolyard before 7:45 A.M. When the eight o'clock
bell rings, students enter the building with their teachers and proceed
to their homerooms.
In September, students in kindergarten go immediately to the gym where a
faculty member will be available to supervise them. Kindergarten
students will join the rest of the school in the schoolyard later in the
On rainy/snowy days, students in grades 2 (old building), 3, 4 and 5
will gather in the cafeteria. Students in grades 6, 7, and 8 will
proceed to their homerooms. Students in kindergarten and first
grade(new building), will report to the gym.
Students entering the building after the 8:00 A.M. bell rings will be
issued a late pass to present to their homeroom teacher
Regular and punctual attendance at school is essential to each child's
continuous intellectual, social and psychological growth. Education is a
long range, sequential process and is hampered by unnecessary absence
or frequent tardiness.
The New York State Education Law states that absence from school for the
following reasons is excusable: personal sickness, death or sickness in
the family, impassable roads or weather making travel unsafe, religious
observance, quarantine, approved educational trips, required presence
in court, attendance at organized clinics, health treatment, and
approved cooperative work programs. Absence for any other reason is held
illegal and must be so marked on the pupil's official record.
If your child will not be in attendance at school on a specific day,
kindly phone the school health office, (516) 294-9780, by
Parents/guardians are to inform the school of any absence by giving
their child a note for their homeroom teacher, which is presented the
day the student returns to school. This note, signed by the
parents/guardians, should give the date(s) and reason for the absence.
Parents/guardians wishing to have their children excused early from
school are to inform the class teacher in writing. The child's
parent/guardian must report to the school office, sign the release book,
and accompany the student out of the building
Vacations should be planned to coincide with the school calendar; if
this is not adhered to, the absence will be recorded as an illegal
absence. The school will not prepare in advance, assignments for
students who are illegally absent from school or be responsible for
providing extra help for students who have missed lessons because of
All students will report to their assigned lines at the 2:10 P.M. bell.
The students go to the buses with their bus teacher. If your child is a
bus student and you are picking your child up from school, please send a
note TO THE BUS TEACHER. Your child will line up at the end of the day
with the bus line and then be brought to you by the bus teacher on the
Fourth Street side of the building. Your child will not come out on the
walker line. In this way, the bus teacher is responsible for each
child on his/her bus.
Walkers will come out after the buses have left. Please do not allow
your child to cross in the middle of the street. All children must walk
to the corner and be crossed by the crossing guard. We will not accept
the responsibility of children running across the street to a parked
Parents/guardians of walkers are requested not to come into the
schoolyard to pick up their children. The children will be walked to
If your child is a bus student and he/she rides a bicycle to school on
any given day, a note must be given to the bus teacher who will walk
him/her over to the bicycle rack after the buses have been dismissed.
If he/she is a walker, a note still must be presented to the walker
teacher who will dismiss them with the walkers.
EMERGENCY SCHOOL CLOSINGS
Emergency school closings will be listed on the St. Joseph web site as
soon as the information is received from the Garden City Public School
District. It will also be announced on Channel 12 News. St. Joseph
School follows the closing of the Garden City School District. If the
District is closed, we will be also.
If you live in another district that closes when we do not, you may have
no bus transportation to school. If Garden City has a two-hour delayed
opening, we will also have a delayed opening.
All visitors to St. Joseph School are asked to check in at the
receptionist's desk where they will receive a "visitor's pass". Parent
volunteers must sign in and obtain a “volunteer” badge.
Parents are not permitted to be in a classroom without the expressed
permission of the teacher and/or Principal. All parent teacher
conferences are to be held prior to or at the end of the school day.
Parents are requested not to engage a teacher in conversation during the
time the teacher is supervising the children.
All school volunteers are required to participate in the Diocesan Child
Protection Screening process. A form (available in the school office)
is to be completed to process a screening.
No adult may supervise a program or event at St. Joseph School without
registering as a volunteer and completing the screening process.
Students are responsible for loaned textbooks from their school district
and school library books. All textbooks must be covered and returned at
the end of the school year. Students are responsible for lost or
Students are not allowed to call home for forgotten items. Children
should be reminded to pack up for school the night before. This helps
build a sense of responsibility in each student. In urgent situations,
an exception may be considered by the administration.
It is understood that many parents wish their child to carry a cell
phone for emergency use. If a child brings a cell phone to school, it
must be kept in the child’s backpack during the day. Cell phone use is
never permitted during school hours. If a cell phone rings during the
day, the phone will be taken away from the child and a parent/guardian
will be responsible for picking it up at the office. If you need to
leave a message for your child, please call the school office.
The following items are not permitted in school or for use in the
The school is not responsible for any electronic item brought to the
Parking is not permitted in the school parking lot at any time during
school hours. Please park on the south side of Fourth Street. The
north side of Fourth Street (immediately in front of the school) is
reserved for school buses. Please carefully read the posted parking
At dismissal, please do not make a U-turn on Fourth Street after the
buses have left. Not only does this present a dangerous situation, but
often a curb bus may be late and then there is no place for the bus to
stop to pick up the children. The children will be walked to the corner
where they will be crossed by the crossing guard.