Elementary School Arrival & Dismissal

Morning Arrival

There is no supervision for students before 8:30 a.m. – students should not arrive to school before then.  Students who arrive between 8:30 and 8:45 will be asked to wait in the gym;  breakfast will be available at 8:30. Attendance is taken and instruction begins promptly at 9:00 a.m.; students arriving after 9:00 a.m. are considered late/tardy.

When there is a one hour delay at the elementary school level, school starts at 10:00 AM and breakfast is served at 9:30 AM.

When there is a two hour delay at the elementary school level, school starts at 11:00 AM and no breakfast is served.

Afternoon Dismissal

Students leaving before 3:10 p.m. will be marked absent for that portion of the day. Parents/guardians picking up students from Glebe and Warren at the end of the school day are asked to please wait outside, to alleviate congestion. Parents/guardians picking up students from Pleasant at the end of the school day will need to sign their student(s) out.

 Late Arrivals, Early Dismissals & Absences

New York State Education Law requires a written excuse, signed by a parent or guardian, be provided when a student is absent, tardy, or leaving school early. Please send an excuse to school with your child if he/she is tardy or needs to be dismissed early, and on the day your child returns to school after being absent.

Parents/guardians must sign-in/out students arriving late or leaving early.

Outstanding Attendance Award

School attendance is critical to academic success and those students who value education enough that they are present every day of the school year deserve credit and recognition. Even so, illnesses do occur and, when they do, students really need to stay home and recuperate. In recognition of both points, all schools in the Greater Johnstown School District give an “Outstanding Attendance Award” to students with four or fewer instances of missed school per school year. Missed school includes full day absences, tardies, and early releases for illnesses, doctors visits, etc.

Compulsory Education Law

According to the School Law of the State of New York, all children between the ages of 6 and the completion of the school year in which they turn 16 must be in attendance at school at all times during which the school is in session. The following conditions make it possible for a student to be legally absent:

  • Illness of student.
  • Severe storms or impassible roads.
  • Death or severe illness in the immediate family. This does not provide for continual absences however.
  • Religious observances.
  • Required presence in court.
  • Approved college visits.
  • Military obligations.
  • Medical or dental appointments. Whenever possible, medical and dental appointments should be scheduled outside of school time. 

The reasons for absence listed below are considered by school authorities to be illegal absences within the meaning of the compulsory education law and will not be accepted.

  • Family trips or vacations.
  • Employment – including paper routes and baby sitting.
  • Shopping.
  • Job hunting.
  • Truancy from school.
  • Hunting, fishing, sports events, concerts, tanning, etc.