Please call the office (641-754-1020) to let us know when your child will be absent or late. If you wish to call before hours, there is an answering machine to take your message. It is a School Board policy that we will attempt to contact parents who have not contacted the school. If we are unable to determine why a student is absent, the absence is unexcused and considered truancy.
Please send a written note to your child's teacher or call the school office when you will be picking up your child for an appointment during school time, or if you know in advance of the absence.
Administering Medication to Students
A request to give a students prescription medication must be signed by both the physician and the parent. The request form for giving medication is found in the nurse's office. It must have the proper signatures and be returned to the school before the medication may be given. The medication must be in a container properly labeled by the pharmacist with the name of the medication, proper dosage, and the name of the physician.
Any prescription drug, such as aspirin, cold tablets, ointments or cough syrup must be accompanied with a request signed by the parent for directions on time of dosage. Students may not keep these in their school bags or classrooms. They must be kept in the nurse's office.
Please contact the school nurse with any questions.
Before-School Day Care
There is no before-school daycare at Anson Elementary. The time before 8:30 a.m. is planning time for teachers. Office personnel have responsibilities or meetings at that time as well. Particularly in cold winter months, when children want to come to the office area to keep warm before school, not having supervision can result in a loud, restless group. Therefore, it is important that your child(ren) not come to school before adult supervision is provided for them, at 8:05 a.m. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in this matter.
Students below fourth grade are not allowed to ride bikes to school due to the school's location on a busy intersection. Student safety was the number one reason for creating this policy. Fourth grade students who wish to ride a bike must live at least six blocks from the school. Permission may be given under special circumstances by calling the school at 641-754-1020.
Breakfast in the Classroom Policy
Starting the day with breakfast helps get students ready to learn. Anson Elementary offers breakfast to all students at no charge. Breakfast is served from 8:30-8:45 a.m. only. No late breakfasts will be available. The program starts the first day of school. No breakfast will be offered in the gym. Free and reduced lunch applications are still required for the lunch program.
The building's clothing policy does not allow students to wear clothing that reveals underwear. Please make sure that your child's pants do not hang so low that the child's underwear shows. Having a child stand up in class and walk to the front of the room with his/her underwear showing is very distracting to the class.
Clothing for Winter Weather
Coats, boots, hats and mittens are appropriate winter wear for the Anson playground. If your child intends to play off the hard-surfaced area, he/she will need boots and snow pants. Boots can be any type of weather-proof boot. Students will need a different pair of shoes to wear in the classroom, as tracking snow from all-weather boots into the classroom makes the carpeting wet. It is important to keep their clothing dry, so that they do not have to sit in wet clothing when they return to the building. We would encourage you to send a dry pair of socks to school with your child to keep in his/her desk or locker. It is also wise to put your child's name in coats, hats, mittens and boots.
Please let us know of changes we should make in your child's records - new address, new phone number, change of emergency contact person, change of early dismissal instructions, or change of daily plans for a child after school. It is also helpful for us to have your cell phone number and e-mail address, if you have Internet access.
Toys, Roller Blades & Electronic Games
Toys, roller blades and electronic games are not allowed at school. Not only are these items disruptive to the learning environment, but some possessions could be lost or damaged. We cannot accept responsibility for this type of loss. We ask that you help remind your child(ren) to leaves these kinds of items at home.
We encourage many visitors - family, friends, and community people - to visit and share in our excitement for learning, except for the first two weeks of school. Please read and follow the following guidelines whenever you are a visitor in our building and to the lunchroom. It is our hope that you will come to school, be a part of our learning environment, and build upon the 40 Developmental Assets with your child.
All visitors, mentors and volunteers to the building are to sign in at the office. When signing in, each person will be given a visitor's badge to wear while in the building. This will indicate to our staff and students that this is a "safe" stranger and that the person has registered in the office. Our staff will ask any visitor no wearing a visitor's badge to go to register in the office and pick up a badge. Please understand that the safety of our students is our priority concern. We also ask that you visit with the building principal before visiting so that you won't be interrupting testing or a special lesson. We also ask that you make arrangements with the classroom teacher ahead of time, so you won't come when (s)he is testing, or when the class is at recess, special cases or at an assembly or other special activity.
Lunchroom Visitor Policy
Parents and visitors are welcome to eat in our lunchroom with the children occasionally. However, we ask that visitors bring a lunch from home or eat a hot meal when eating in the lunchroom. A hot lunch must be ordered through the office after 8:25 a.m. on the day that you plan to eat at school. If you choose to bring a fast food meal and/or carbonated beverages, we will ask that you eat at a special table near the office with your child. Another option that we would encourage is for your to pick up your child(ren) and take him/her out for lunch. Many of our parents already do that, and the child certainly feels special to be able to leave school for lunch with mom or dad.
Wednesday Early Dismissal
Every Wednesday is an early dismissal day. If your child doesn't ride the bus or walk home, please be here to pick him/her up (or arrange for other transportation) at 2:20 p.m. every Wednesday. Staff members are involved in school improvement activities right after school and are not available to supervise students. It is frightening and upsetting to children when they feel as if they have been "forgotten".