This page contains information about certain policies and procedures at Stoddert.
MORNING DROP OFF
School begins promptly at 8:45am. In order to move the students to their classrooms and get settled for the day, parents are asked to have their children arrive to school promptly at 8:39 a.m. Parents are asked to watch their children who arrive prior to this time. At approximately 8:43 a.m., the teachers will begin to move their students to their classrooms. Students arriving after this time should report directly to the front office. Late students should NOT go directly to their classrooms. The following is information regarding the specific line-up and drop off information for each grade:
- Pre-K students will enter through the Pre-K classroom door, which is adjacent to the brick courtyard area at the front entrance of school. The Pre-K teachers will greet students and parents at the door beginning at 8:43 a.m. Parents are welcome to enter the classroom to read with their student for 15 minutes before the day begins at 9:00 a.m.
- Kindergarten students will enter through the kindergarten “porch” area. Each kindergarten classroom will enter through its own door on the “porch.” Each door will be clearly marked with the name of the classroom. The kindergarten instructional aides will be outside on the “porch” at 8:30 a.m. to greet and assist parents and students. At 8:43 a.m., the “porch” doors will be opened, and parents may walk their students into the kindergarten classrooms. Parents will not escort their children to their classrooms.
- 1st-3rd grade students will line up by classroom in the courtyard area in front of the main entrance doors. Teachers will be in the courtyard area at 8:30 a.m., with classroom signs. First-grade classrooms will line up the west side of the courtyard area (the side closest to the original wing of the building). Second-grade classrooms will line up in the middle of the courtyard area. Third-grade classrooms will line up on the east side of the courtyard area. At 8:43 a.m. teachers will lead students to their classrooms. No classrooms will be lined up on the sidewalk on the east side of the courtyard area. Parents are asked to drop their students before the brick area and allow the students to line up. Parents should not wait on the brick area. If you arrive early, please watch your child and wait until the teachers arrive.
- 4th-5th grade students will walk up the sidewalk on the east side of the courtyard area, enter the building through the main entrance doors, and go directly into the gym. 4th-5th grade teachers will be in the gym at 8:30, with classroom signs. At 8:43 a.m. teachers will lead students to their classrooms.
AFTERNOON PICK UP
School ends promptly at 3:15pm. Parents are asked to pick up their children at exactly 3:15 p.m. Parents are asked to wait outside for their children and NOT enter building or wait in the lobby. Parents are asked wait on the bricks in the outdoor courtyard area to allow the students to come outside of the building. Please remain off of the benches, the stairs and the area just outside the doors. Should you arrive after this time, please go directly to the front office to pick up your child. Students will be escorted outside according to the following schedule:
- Pre-K students will be picked up at the Pre-K classroom door, which is adjacent to the brick courtyard area at the front entrance of school. Parents should wait outside of the door and not enter the classroom.
- Kindergarten students will be escorted by their teachers as they exit the kindergarten hallway through their assigned exterior doors, and meet their parents on the kindergarten “porch.” Parents are asked to wait outside, and not enter the school hallway. Please do not block the exit doors on the “porch.”
- Students in grades 1-5 will be escorted by their teachers through the main entrance doors to the outside courtyard area, where they will meet their parents. Parents are asked to wait in the outdoor courtyard area, and not enter the school lobby.
ATTENDANCE & ABSENCES POLICIES:
Stoddert Elementary School’s policy on school absences:
Late arrivals are disruptive to teachers and impact the entire class. Every child should arrive ON TIME, ready to learn. Our school day begins at 8:40 a.m. and ends at 3:15 p.m. Students arriving after 8:50 a.m. are marked tardy and must report to the office to receive a tardy pass. Absence and tardy reports become part of a student’s permanent school record.
Absences will only be excused if there is written notification made to the main office by emailing our Attendance Counselor: Mrs. Legerwood-Rivera. Any absences must be excused within five days of the absences. Excused absences include the following:
- Student illness (a doctor’s note is required if a student is absent for more than five days);
- Death in the student’s immediate family;
- Necessity for a student to attend a judicial proceeding as a plaintiff, defendant, witness or juror;
- Observance of a religious holiday;
- Temporary school closings due to weather, unsafe conditions or other emergencies;
- Medical reasons such as a doctor’s appointment (a doctor’s note is required);
- Failure of DC to provide transportation where legally responsible;
- Lawful suspension or exclusion from school by school authorities;
- Absences to allow students to visit their parent or legal guardian, who is in the military; immediately before, during or after deployment;
Students who are absent may be subject to the following responses (per DCPS policy and DC Municipal Regulations found here):
- Individual/group counseling to address attendance needs.
- Participation in the creation of, and adherence to, an attendance student support plan.
- Parents of students with five (5) unexcused absences will be requested to participate in a truancy conference and referred to the Student Support Team.
- Students with 7 unexcused absences will receive a Metropolitan Police Department/DCPS notification letter.
- Parents of students with ten (10) total absences – excused or unexcused will be requested to participate in an Attendance Conference (SST) and will be referred to the Office of State Superintendent of Education.
- Students ages 5-13 with ten (10) unexcused absences will be referred to the Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA) for suspected educational neglect. High school students with ten (10) unexcused absences will be referred to the school’s Attendance Committee/the Student Support Team for follow-up.
- Students ages 14-17 with fifteen (15) unexcused absences will be referred to Court Social Services.
- Students ages 5-13 with fifteen (15) unexcused absences will be referred to Office of Attorney General.
- Course grades or year-end promotion may be affected by unexcused absences.
Stoddert Elementary and the PTO communicate on all school-wide activities, events and important information through our school’s website (www.stoddert.org) and a master e-mail list. The website and the e-mail list is used to communicate to our entire school throughout the year and is separate from DCPS communications and communications within your class and with your child’s teacher.
The website is always the first place to find information on what is taking place at school. A paper copy of information will not always be sent home. In addition to the website, we ask that ALL families sign up for the school’s e-mail list:
This is an opt-in e-mail list, which means that you must go to the website and sign yourself up. Even if you have provided your e-mail to your teacher, the front office or on a DCPS form, you MUST still sign yourself up in order to receive e-mail communications on what is happening at Stoddert.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN:
- Information on all news and upcoming events will be posted on the Stoddert website: www.stoddert.org
- A weekly e-mail (named “The Chalkboard”) will be sent out each Sunday morning at around 9am with current school news, information for the week and upcoming events. All information in The Chalkboard can be found on the school website. (Please be sure to look in junk mail folders for e-mails from Stoddert.)
- Additional mid-week e-mails and text messages might be sent when there is information to share.
- Each student will be provided a green folder that will go back and forth from school and home each day. Teachers use this folder differently for in-class purposes. From time-to-time, the school and the PTO will also use the green folder to send home paper copies of information.
All of the communication listed above via the Stoddert website and the e-mail list is information that pertains to Stoddert only. The school and the PTO do NOT communicate about DCPS related things like school closings and delays. Visit www.dcps.dc.gov for more information on how DCPS communicates.
Stoddert Elementary works with agencies to make sure that schools provide a physically safe environment for learning. Stoddert has a Security office located as you walk into the front lobby of the school. We do ask that all visitors sign in at the desk prior to visiting the office or a classroom. These Security officers work for MPD through a contract. They work with the school principal and staff to make sure that students are physically safe at all times.
They conduct security patrols throughout the building and grounds.They monitor cafeterias, auditoriums, hallways, stairwells, restrooms, entrances and exits.They provide security at athletic events, social gatherings, group assemblies and other school activities.
Stoddert is a No Bullying School. To find out more about our Culture of Kindness and our policies click here.
We also follow DCPS’s approach to student behavior and discipline. For more on their policy click here.