After School Arrangements
Early Arrivals and After School Care
Lost & Found
Request for Educational Leave
Wake County Student/Parent Handbook (WCPSS.net)
After School Arrangements
1. Any changes in bus transportation (such as riding a bus other than the regularly assigned bus) will require a note signed by the parent and presented to the teacher on the day the
change is needed.
2. Parents who pick up children from school should send a written statement to the teacher at the beginning of the school year. All children should be picked up by 4:00 P.M. Please phone the school office only in case of an emergency.
3. If a child needs to go to a regularly scheduled daycare facility, scouting program, etc., after school
hours, the parent is required to send a written notification to the teacher. The
teacher needs to know by what means each student is to go home, and if this is
to change, a written note should be sent to the teacher. If your child will not
be riding his/her daycare van, please notify the daycare center.
4. If your child is to go
home with a classmate after school, both the hosting and visiting students must
bring notes from their parents indicating the planned visit and transportation
plans. Both students are to report to the school office on the morning of the
planned visit with their notes.
5. No student will be
permitted to ride home after school hours with anyone other than his/her parent,
unless the child brings a note from his/her parent requesting such.
6. Students are not
allowed to leave the school campus during the day without an appropriate adult.
1. A student who leaves
school for any reason during the day is counted absent for the day unless he/she
returns and the combined time in school is equal to half the regular school day
or three hours.
2. Students may leave
with a parent for dental or doctor's appointments with prior notice to the
child's teacher. Whenever possible, make appointments before school hours, after
school hours or during track out time.
3. If it is necessary for
a parent to take his/her child from school during school hours, come to the
office. A sign-out sheet is on the desk in the front office. Office personnel
will call the classroom and have your child come to the office. If the student
returns to school, he/she should report to the office for readmission.
4. When your child is
absent, you should call the office on the day of the absence. On the day they
return, you must send a written excuse to the school (email is acceptable) which includes the
- Your child's name
- Dates of absence or tardiness
- Specific cause of absence or tardiness
- Your signature and daytime phone number
5. If a student is tardy,
he/she must check in at the office for an admission slip to the classroom. When
a child is tardy, it interrupts the child's routine and the routine of the
6. Any student who has been absent from school for a total of 6 unexcused days will be notified in writing. At 10 unexcused days, parent(s)/guardian(s) may be held liable in court for student absences per NC State Law (115C-378). The law requires compulsory school attendance up to age 16. Failure of a parent/guardian to affect a child's attendance is a violation of this statute. Parent(s)/Guardian(s) may be prosecuted if these absences cannot be justified under the established attendance policy (Board Policy 6000). If found guilty, parent(s)/guardian(s) may be subject to a fine, imprisonment or both at the discretion of the court.
At 10 total absences (excused and/or unexcused), parent(s)/guardian(s) must send a doctor's note for any future absence to be excused. At 30 total absences, a student can be retained per Board Policy 6000.7. If you have questions or concerns regarding your child's attendance, please contact the School Social Worker at 363-2865.
An absence is excused if the following conditions exist:
A. Illness or injury which makes the student physically unable to attend school.
B. Isolation ordered by the State Board of Health or the Wake County Health Department.
C. Death in family.
D. Medical, dental, or other appointment with a health care provider for the student or for a child for whom the student is a custodial parent.
E. Court when a student is under subpoena.
F. Religious observance, as suggested by the religion of the student or the student's parents.
G. Participation in a valid educational opportunity, such as travel with prior approval, as documented on the "Request for Excused Absence for Educational Reasons."
H. A catastrophic event or natural disaster.
7. If you would like to
take your child out of school for religious or educational reasons, you must
fill out a "Request for Excused Absence" form. This request will
require the approval of the principal. These forms may be obtained from the
school office and must be filled out at least two weeks in advance of the
scheduled absence. Family trips and reunions will not be considered excused
absences. You may choose to take your child(ren) out of school for these events
and they will be allowed to make up their work.
Riding the bus is a
privilege and students must follow the rules discussed at the beginning of the
school year or risk losing the service. For information or questions about
routes or bus service you may contact the transportation office at 380-3690.
Problems with student behavior on a bus assigned to Salem Elementary should be
referred to an administrator at 363-2865.
Carpool students arriving
for the regular school day will enter on the right side of the school and
proceed to the designated drop off area. Please stay in a single line and follow
the directions of the adults on duty. All drivers should drive slowly and allow
ample time for picking up children. We all must focus on student safety. Please
do not double park in the carpool line or pass the line. Students may only
be picked up in the carpool area. You may not enter the building to pick up
students. Students must be picked up by 4:00 P.M. If you arrive after 4:00 P.M.,
your child will be taken to the office and you must come in and sign them out.
Please do not park in the carpool line before 3:30 P.M.
- You may drop your child off in the "Carpool Drop-Off" zone between 8:45 and 9:10. We will have staff on duty to help students as
- Please stay in your lane until you reach the area past the handicapped-parking zone at the end of the sidewalk overhang. You may then
carefully merge with other traffic.
- Do not start the drop-off until the staff is in place on duty and signal students to exit cars.
- Students are not allowed to cross the carpool line from the parking lot without being under the direct supervision of their parent or
guardian. This area is designated as a "Hand Hold Zone."
- When walking across the carpool line, please wait for the cars in line to key up to the first drop-off spot and stop before you proceed.
- Cabs park in the designated area by the mailboxes. Do not park in this area. This will help speed up dismissal in the afternoon.
- Daycare vans will continue to park in the handicapped area, as will parents of students that require special consideration.
- Do not park your car and walk up to the dismissal area to pick up students. Please stay in the carpool line as we are all in a rush in the
- Students may not cross the carpool line to the parking lot without being under the direct supervision of their parent or guardian. This area
is designated as a "Hand Holding Zone."
- When walking across the carpool line, please wait for the cars in line to key up to the first pick-up space and stop before you proceed.
- Do not change lanes until you have moved through the carpool area past the handicapped-parking zone at the end of the sidewalk overhang.
- If you are entering the parking lot in the afternoon for any reason, use the left lane.
- Do not block the entrance to the Middle School parking lot as they have students arriving for and leaving athletic events in the afternoon
during our dismissal time.
- Do not cut in line at the turn if cars are keyed-up along the road to enter the carpool area.
- Place an 8 X 10 paper with your child's name in large, bold, dark letters in the front window of the car. Some parents use a child clothes
hanger with the sign on it and place the hanger on the rear view mirror when approaching the caller.
The Board of Education
has developed a policy concerning students and staff members with
life-threatening communicable diseases that may pose a threat to the health and
safety of students and staff. Such situations are to be reported to the
principal and/or to the employee's immediate supervisor. The Superintendent
will select an interdisciplinary committee to study the situation and make
specific recommendations. Each case is considered on a case-by-case basis. All
deliberations shall be kept strictly confidential.
Early Arrivals and After School Care
Early arrival care is
provided for students at Salem Elementary by the Salem Elementary staff. After
school care is provided by the Cary YMCA at Turner Creek Elementary. After School
information and applications are available by contacting the Cary YMCA at
469-9622. Before School information and applications are available by contacting
Salem Elementary at 363-2865. These programs provide a safe and stimulating
environment for students whose family situation requires childcare before and
after school hours.
Please give your child's
teacher and the office the name and phone number of a relative, neighbor or
friend who can be contacted in case of an emergency when you cannot be reached.
If this situation changes during the year, please notify the office and the
teacher. See the
section of the Wake County Student/Parent Handbook for more information.
Field trips are designed
as an educational experience for students at Salem Elementary. They meet
curriculum needs at each grade level. Field trips are an extension of the
classroom into the community. They are an excellent opportunity for all students
to experience the rich community in which they live. If you plan to volunteer
for a field trip, you will need to make other arrangements for younger siblings.
Students planning to eat
school-prepared food may purchase a meal ticket to cover the cost for up to
twenty days. In the memo section of your check please indicate the lunch account
number and whether the money is for lunch or snacks or both.
Student: $ 1.75 $ .40 (reduced rate)
Adult: a la carte Milk: $.50
Student: $ .80: $ .30 (reduced rate)
Adults: a la carte
If you pack a bag lunch,
please include fruit juice instead of sodas. Also, do not send in any glass
containers or bottles, as they are safety hazards. We ask that you not bring in
food from an outside source (e.g., Wendy's, McDonald's, etc.) for you or
your child to eat during the lunch period.
Parents are welcome to
join their child(ren) for lunch on any school day. There is no need for advance
reservations. We will sponsor "Family Breakfasts" and special lunches
advertised through newsletters or student folders. Questions about lunch
accounts or general food service may be directed to the cafeteria manager at
Homework should be a part
of the instructional experiences of each student. We feel that it is a
purposeful continuation or extension of the instructional program to be
accomplished by the student outside the regular classroom setting.
Each student spends a
major part of the weekday in class. Since there are other valuable experiences
to be gained outside of school, homework shall be carefully planned regarding
its purpose and appropriateness.
Now is the time to plan
for early dismissal. Some children become very concerned if their usual patterns
are disrupted. We prefer these arrangements be made in advance. We do not have
adequate phones to deal with a large number of students that need immediate
directions for home.
The radio and television
stations will announce all WCPSS school closings, late openings, or early
closings. If it begins to snow or sleet or if there appears the possibility of
strong wind, please listen to the radio or TV for early school closings. If the
opening of school is to be delayed, announcements will be made by 6:00 A.M. on
local radio and TV.
Lost and Found
Please put name labels on
students' personal belongings. These markings will help school personnel
locate lost items. Do not allow your child(ren) to bring extra money, valuable
items, toys, trading cards, radios or sports equipment unless prior written
approval has been given by the child's teacher. We will not assume
responsibility for the security of such items.
A lost and found box will
be placed in the school for clothing found on campus. If your child has lost an
item, please encourage them to check this box. Clothing and other items not
claimed by the end of each semester will be donated to charity.
Medication can be
distributed in the Health Room only after receiving the proper form (# 1702)
from the doctor, signed by the parents. The form may be obtained from our office
prior to school opening. Please make sure we have this information prior to the
beginning of school if medication is to be administered to your child by staff.
All medications must be checked into the school by the parent.
All medication must be
secured daily. Antibiotic medication may be administered if it remains in the
prescription bottle until the contents are used. Questions may be forwarded to
Mary Morris at 557-1042.
Our school day is 9:15
A.M. until 3:45 P.M. Early arrivals will operate from 7:00 A.M. to 8:45 A.M.
Children should not arrive on campus before 8:45 A.M. unless they are in the
early arrivals program. Students who arrive after 9:15 A.M. are considered tardy
and must report to the office.
Sick children do not belong at school. The Wake County Public School system and the Wake County Health Department have developed a handbook regarding illnesses and diseases. Children exhibiting the following symptoms will be sent home (or should remain at home): fever, nausea, vomiting, headaches, diarrhea, red or watery eyes with yellow discharge, or an undiagnosed rash. Children should be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school.
Student records may be
review by parents in the presence of an administrator. If you wish to review
your child's school record you may notify the school and set up an appointment
to review the record with the appropriate personnel.
All families attending
Salem Elementary are asked to volunteer on a monthly basis. It is our
expectation that when you cannot fulfill your commitment to an activity you make
every effort to get another parent to cover your absence. Volunteering at Salem
Elementary is a critical part of our school community and the day-to-day
operations of the school. It is essential that all parents volunteer in the
school. If you need ideas about volunteering you may contact a classroom teacher.
All parents MUST come
through the front lobby for sign-in and a badge prior to volunteering. Please do
not open side doors for people to enter the building. Instead, direct them to
the office for check-in.
The Wake County Public School System has a process that started in 2004 for parent volunteers. ALL volunteers must register at any Wake County Public School prior to volunteering. This applies to all individuals who volunteer in any capacity whether it is for the classroom, field trips, clubs or PTA.
Please make sure you come by Salem Elementary to register as soon as possible. You will be registered on the school's intranet system; therefore, your information will not be accessible through the internet. It is important that you come into the front office to register, especially if you intend on going on a field trip. This level requires a background check, and it takes at least two weeks for the clearances to go through.
If you have any questions concerning volunteer clearances, please contact Sue Caronna at 363-2865. As always, thank you for all you do for our school to make it a safe learning place for our students.
Request for Educational Leave
An absence may be excused in advance for educational reasons. The parent must complete the form #1710 "Request for Excused Absence for Educational Reasons." By signing the document, the parent assures the school that the absence meets the requirements of the law for excused absences. An excused absence for educational reasons means the intent of the experience should have been educational from the outset and comparable to that which the student would have experienced in school. Family trips and vacations that were not designed to be educational will not be excused. The law provides principals with the latitude to determine when the cumulative effects of such absences are of such duration as to interfere with the education of the student.
In addition, the Principal agrees that activities are worthwhile experiences however; they often do not meet the criteria for the absence to be excused on educational grounds. Most teachers are willing to work with parents and students to ensure students maintain good academic standing.