Now that December is here, Washington County Public Schools would like to remind you of the many ways we communicate weather-related school closings, delays and early dismissals. As soon as a decision is reached to delay the start of school, close schools or dismiss students and staff early because of inclement weather, information will be posted immediately and prominently at www.wcpsmd.com and on the WCPS Facebook page, and an update will begin scrolling on Antietam Cable Channel 99. Messages will be deployed by phone call, text and email via the Connect 5 notification system. (Please note that automated phone calls are not sent when early morning decisions are made.) We recommend that you review the contact information you have on file at your child’s or children’s school(s), so that emergency messages are getting to correct numbers and email addresses. Updates are also given to area radio and television stations for broadcast, and to the Herald Mail. In many instances, the updates are posted in timely fashion on the media outlets’ websites and Facebook pages. WCPS makes every effort to reach decisions on weather-related schedule changes as soon as possible, with the safety and well-being of students, staff and the community as top priority. A morning decision will be made and announcements/postings will begin before 5:30 a.m. The timing of announcements can vary from the night before to the morning of, and we appreciate your patience and understanding when it comes to these very tough decisions.
Parents, please remember that the best way to communicate with your child's teacher is through our WCPS school email. The classroom Facebook pages and the Dojo are not efficient ways of getting important messages to your child's classroom teacher. These two formats may not be checked by teachers daily, but the email certainly will be, so please use email for your communication needs with your child's classroom teacher.
Our number one concern is the safety of all students. Recently, it has been brought to our attention that there are safety concerns for our students during dismissal. As a precaution and to protect our students we will be implementing the following procedures immediately.
· Walker dismissal is for students who walk home. We ask that you please do not park your car and then pick your child up from walker dismissal.
· If you are picking your child up by car, please use the car rider loop.
· Please do not park on Dumbarton Dr. during dismissal. Parked cars in this area have become a major safety issue.
· Access into and out of the school parking lot will be limited from 2:00-2:20
Morning Drop-Off updates
It has also come to our attention that there are safety concerns in the front parking lot during morning drop-off time. Access to the school parking lot will also be limited from 7:00-7:20. If you would like to come into the building to talk with an administrator or a secretary or aid your child into the building with school supplies access will surely be granted. Thank you very much with your diligence in this matter and helping us to keep all of the students of Rockland Woods Elementary School safe!
School day start and end time: 7:35 - 2:05 Students should NOT be dropped prior to the 7:15 opening of the building. Students who continue to be dropped early will be taken to daycare and parents will be billed.
School Hours: We are operating on a 6 1/2 hour instructional day for students. Please help us by following our school hours and contacting the office if planning a visit to a classroom or would like to schedule a conference outside of our office hours.
7:05 a.m. - Front office opens 7:15 a.m. - Building open to students 7:30 a.m. - Warning bell 7:35 a.m. - Tardy bell 2:05 p.m. - Bus dismissal begins 2:10 p.m. - Dismissal for private transportation, daycare, clubs, and walkers
Rockland Woods Elementary will provide a quality and meaningful education to all students. We recognize the importance of developing 21st century leaders and having a learning environment which is positive, safe, and maintains a high standard for everyone with STEAM practices imbedded in all content areas to prepare students for college and career.
Preparing 21st century learners and leaders to be significant contributors to a global society.
Website created and maintained by Pamela Rubisch, NBCT of Library Media and Technology Updated May 25, 2016
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