Arrival & Dismissal
Students are not to come to school or be dropped off at the school before the 7:30 A.M bell. SUPERVISION IS NOT PROVIDED FOR STUDENTS ON CAMPUS BEFORE 7:30 A.M. or after 3:00 P.M. The school or the Polk County School Board cannot be held liable for any harm that may befall a student who arrives at school prior to this designated time of 7:30 A.M. or is not picked up from school by 3:00 P.M.
Breakfast is served from 7:30 A.M. until 8:00 A.M. Teachers and staff will be here at 7:30 to accept students into their classrooms in preparation for the day. Any student who is not in his/her classroom by 8:00 A.M. will be marked absent.
Tardy students will be afforded the opportunity to pick up a breakfast-to-go on their way to class.
Students arriving to school after 8:00 A.M. MUST report to the main office with a parent. The agenda will be stamped and signed by both the parent and a staff member as a pass to class and the student will be marked tardy. Late entry into the classroom interrupts classroom procedure and instruction. Please do NOT drop your child off in the parking lot, if late. Parents must walk their child(ren) to the office when tardy and explain the reason for the tardiness to the office.
At the beginning of the school year, please discuss with your child’s teacher how you expect him/her to get home. If there is a change in your standard routine, please send a note to your child’s teacher. IF A NOTE IS NOT RECEIVED BY THE TEACHER, THE CHILD WILL BE SENT HOME HIS/HER REGULAR WAY. These arrangements must be planned ahead of time. Please plan for inclement weather. (Reminder: Bus students may NOT change buses or bus stops without written permission from the District’s Transportation Department).
There will be no early dismissal after 2:45 p.m. due to end of day preparation. Any adult checking a student out of school must be listed on each student’s emergency card and provide a valid driver’s license or a valid government issued I.D. to the office staff. Students will not be released to an adult who is not listed on the emergency card or who is unable to present a valid license. Early dismissal is discouraged as it interrupts the educational process of all students. We appreciate your assistance in this matter, for the safety of your child(ren).
Our goal is to have a school wide attendance rate above 95% in order to promote academic success. It is imperative that your child arrive at school on time and be in attendance daily.
Students may arrive on campus no earlier than the 7:30 a.m. bell and ALL STUDENTS must be in class by 8:00 a.m. No student check-outs from the office after 2:45 p.m. Dismissal time is at 3:00 p.m.
Absences are excused for the following reasons:
- Doctor’s visit
- Extended illness (verified by doctor)
- Any other special circumstances must be discussed with the Principal for approval/consideration.
A doctor’s note is required and the student must provide the documentation on the date he/she returns to school from the absence.
Tardies and early dismissals are very disruptive to classes.
Students who arrive after 8:00 a.m. are TARDY. Please do NOT drop your child off in the parking lot if late. Parents must walk their child(ren) to the office when tardy and explain the reason for the tardiness to the office personnel.
Tardies and early dismissals are excused for doctor’s visits with a doctor’s note when returning back to school.
3 unexcused tardies and/or unexcused early dismissals will be recorded as 1 unexcused absence.
The student must also be present for more than 50% of the academic day to be counted present.
An attendance committee will review all excessive absences if the attendance issue has not been resolved with the school social worker. The committee may include: School Social Worker, Youth and Family Alternatives Representative, Student Services Representative and Principal/designee.
It’s the Law!
Florida Statute 1003.26 requires regular school attendance of children between the ages of six (6) and sixteen (16).
Florida Statute 1003.24 makes parents and legal guardians responsible, and criminally liable, for ensuring that their children attend school.
Polk County Public Schools is committed to providing a safe learning environment that is free from bullying and harassment.
Code of Conduct
The Polk County School Board has adopted a CODE OF STUDENT CONDUCT. Each student will receive a copy and orientation of its contents will be reviewed at the beginning of the school year. The parent and student acknowledgment form is to be completed and returned to the child’s teacher.
Due to legislation, it is unlawful for anyone to have tobacco or any tobacco products in their possession while on school property. Any student involved in the use, possession, sale, or distribution of tobacco or tobacco products or any kind of weapon will be dealt with according to the Polk County School’s Code of Conduct and will be referred to the Polk County Sheriff’s Youth Resource Officer assigned to this school.
Radios, CD players, beepers, electronic games, any playing/trading cards, toys, etc. are not to be brought to school. If items are confiscated, a parent will be required to pick up said item(s) from the teacher or office at a scheduled time.
Severe or continuous discipline problems result in progressive discipline and will require conferences involving teachers, the guidance counselor, the school psychologist, the administration, and the parents so that a concerted effort may be made to determine and correct the cause of misconduct and may result in an alternative placement.
Contact Information Change
Please notify the Main Office immediately if you have a change in address, home, work or emergency phone numbers. Two new proofs of residency are required when you move. The school records need to be kept up-to-date. In case of emergency, we MUST have a current phone number through which you may be contacted. All permanent changes must be made in person by the individual who originally enrolled the student.
School Uniform & Dress Code
Bottoms: Navy, black or khaki/tan
- Shorts, pants, slacks, skorts, skirts, skirted jumpers
- Must be plain, solid-color Twill, Corduroy or Denim fabric
Tops: White, Navy or Teal with collar
- Must have long or short sleeves
- Knit polo-type, Oxford or woven dress shirts, blouses, turtlenecks
- School t-shirts are OK as approved by our school
Jackets, Sweaters, Coats, etc.
- Any garment that is worn during the school day should:
- Have a collar or be worn with a collared uniformed shirt or school t-shirt underneath.
- Must be solid white, solid navy, or solid teal.
- School sweatshirts with no hoods are acceptable.
- Must not have any colored trim, stripes, decoration, etc. (small logos are OK).
- School staff may ask students to remove jackets.
Other Dress Code Rules:
- A belt is required if the garment has belt loops
- Shirts must be tucked in
- Shorts/skirts must be mid-thigh or longer
- Shoes must be safe and appropriate
- Clothes must be appropriate size, with waist of garment worn at student’s waist
School Administrators will determine if clothing is appropriate for school and complies with district rules. For more specific information on the student dress code, please refer to the Code of Student Conduct.
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*Administration reserves the right to request a change of clothing for inappropriate dress or to recommend changes on anything deemed distracting to the learning process.
Field trips: Field trips are an extension of the learning environment and a privilege for students. Students are expected to behave as if they were at school. Students who have an outstanding lunch account or owe for lost books will be required to clear debts before paying for a field trip. Chaperones will be invited by teachers and must be an approved volunteer prior to the field trip. Chaperones are expected to follow the guidelines of the district volunteer handbook.
Birthday parties: We do not provide time for birthday parties at school. Gifts, flowers and balloons may not be delivered to the school. Party invitations may not be distributed during school hours.
School/Class parties: Classroom parties will be held at the discretion of the Principal and Teacher. It is the discretion of the teacher to determine if volunteers are needed. All food items sent in must be store bought and pre-packaged. Home-made food will not be accepted at any time.
Visitors on Campus
ALL visitors on our campus must sign in through the Visitor Tracking System in the main office upon arrival and present a valid driver’s license or government issued I.D. Visitor name badges will only be assigned to individuals having lunch with their own children (only adults authorized on each student’s emergency card) or individuals that have prearranged conferences. Visitors without name badges on campus will be stopped and asked to report to the office.
If you are moving away from Valleyview Elementary, we hate to see you go! However, here are a few things you must do before you leave. Parents must notify the Main Office IMMEDIATELY when a student is to be withdrawn from Valleyview. Your notification to the Main Office that your child will be withdrawing will enable us to complete his/her school records and provide you with necessary documentation for entry into his/her next school. Several items must be returned to the school prior to the withdrawal, and they are as follows: Textbooks, Library Books, and outstanding balances on cafeteria accounts for meals must be paid in full. Upon request, any credit balance on a student’s account can be forwarded to the enrolling school (if it is within Polk County), or the positive balance can be refunded.