Hours & Attendance
School HoursSchool BeginsAll GradesThursdayDismissalM, Tu, W and FDismissal
8:10am - Morning Bell 1:25pm 2:55pm
Grades K-5 Recesses and Lunch:
Morning recess Lunch Afternoon recess 9:40-9:55 3-5 11:40-12:25 3-5 1:55-2:10 3-5 9:55-10:10 K-2 12:10-12:55 K-2 1:40-1:55 K-2
- Minimum days are scheduled during the year to allow time for parent/teacher conferences and staff development.
- 8:10am to 11:20am - All Grades K-5
- Check the Menlo Park City School District Instructional Calendar for scheduled minimum days.
Absence Policy and Tardiness
- The classroom teachers take attendance immediately after the bell rings. Late pupils should come to the office to get a late slip before going to class.
- If your child is going to be absent, please notify the office using SafeArrival, our reporting system. In order to get started, please create an account within the SchoolMessenger app or on the SafeArrival website. Directions to create an account are as follows:
- Use your mobile device, download and install the SchoolMessenger app from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store. The first time you use the app, select Sign Up to create your account.
- Use the SafeArrival website, https://go.schoolmessenger.com. The first time you use the website, select "Sign Up" to create your account.
Independent Study Plan for Planned Absences (NEW)
- Your child's attendance matters. All students who are out on an unexcused absence, without and Independent Study Plan (ISP), will affect our school rating according to the state. When an ISP is put into place, the student is not considered absent and therefore it will not be an unexcused absence.
- Menlo Park City School District is committed to offering students the very finest education, and our families and community the highest performing schools. Due to changes in school ranking calculation, we are obligated to make changes to our attendance practices. School attendance will be used this year as one of the indicators of a school's performance and ranking.
- Consequently, the only excused absences are for student illness, student medical appointments, student attendance at a funeral, school shadowing, religious activities/holidays, or exclusion for failing to meet immunization requirements. All other absences will be marked "unexcused."
- We realize that many parents take their children on educationally related trips and out of school for other enriching experiences, and therefore, in the past parents had the option of reporting a parent excused (P) for their child's absence. This is no longer the case.
- The District now offers an Independent Study Program (ISP) for students who will be out of school for an extended period of time, or consecutive school days. Be assured that the ISP is connected to a child's current educational program with every effort being made to enrich the student experience while not burdening precious family time. A completed Independent Study Plan does not count as an absence.
- How do families obtain an ISP? If your child(ren) will miss consecutive school days because of a trip, please contact your classroom teachers prior to the planned absence so the school can put the ISP in place. The ISP must be completed and returned to school once you return, otherwise the absences are considered unexcused. Please note that absences should also be reported to the school office as usual.
- Thank you in advance for supporting these efforts and getting the kids to school. We love having them here!
Students attending school should be in good physical health, without signs of contagious diseases. Parents are asked to keep sick students home until all signs of contagiousness such as vomiting, diarrhea and fevers have subsided, medication free, for 24 hours. Communicable diseases should be reported to the school office so that exposure notices may be sent home with classmates. Basic first aid will be provided by designated school personnel. For more complex injuries and illnesses, parents will be notified and students must be picked up from school immediately. There is a no live lice policy – see
Board Policy BP 5141.33 for more information. The district provides vision and hearing screenings for all Kindergarten, 2nd and 5th grade students each year, and for students referred by staff or parents.
Medication at School
If prescribed or over-the-counter medications are to be administered or taken during school hours, a medication authorization form must be completed and returned to the school office with medication(s) before your child begins or returns to school. The student’s parent/guardian and authorized health
care provider must indicate on the authorization form if the student is allowed to carry and self-administer medication. For students who carry their own medication, it is recommended to have back-up medication in the school office. All medication must be in the original prescription bottle/
package. Authorization forms must be completed annually. Forms may be found on the district web site.
[California Education Codes 49423 and 49423.1]