General Information

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Students should not be in the schoolyard prior to 8:10a.m. Staff supervision of the schoolyard begins at this time. The first bell rings at 8:30 a.m. at which time students enter the building (Students should not be in the building prior to this time without specific reason or permission). Classes begin at 8:35 a.m. Any student arriving after this time must report first to the secretary to receive a late slip.
Dismissal begins at 2:30 in all grades. Students, who are walking or being picked up by car, are dismissed to the rectory side of the building. All students being dismissed from the second floor must use the staircase on the rectory side of the building. Following the dismissal of walkers, bus students are dismissed from the front entrance of the building. Dismissal on half days is at 12:30 p.m.

Staff members supervise both the arrival of buses in the morning and the departure of buses in the afternoon. Only students assigned to buses are expected to ride these buses. In the event of an emergency, a request may be submitted in writing to the principal.

Attendance Policies
Students must be in their respective classrooms at 8:30 a.m. for opening exercises. Late arrivals must report directly to the office entering through the front door of the school. A note or statement explaining the reason for tardiness is expected. Excessive tardiness may result in disciplinary action. Acceptable reasons for an excused absence are only two: the sickness of the child or a death in the immediate family. Frequent and prolonged absences impede the student's academic progress. In the event of an absence, parents are asked to do the following.

Absence Due to Injury or Illness

  • Call the school office at 442-1720 on the day of the absence and report the reason for the absence. Calls should be made between 8:45 a.m. and 9:15 a.m. A note written by the parent must accompany the student upon the student’s return, giving the reasons for the absence.
  • In the event that a student returns after an injury requiring a cast or other medical device, the doctor’s order must accompany the student.
  • Children who are absent from school due to contagious diseases must have written permission from the family physician before being readmitted to school.
  • Appointments with doctors and dentists should be made during after school hours. Late arrivals and early dismissals disrupt the learning process.
  • In the event that a child becomes ill during the school day, parents/guardians will be contacted before the child is released. A parent or designated representative must call for the child. An emergency number must be on file in the office. Please notify the school office of any changes in these telephone numbers.

Request for Early Dismissal

If it should become necessary to remove your child from school earlier than the usual dismissal time, a written request signed by the parent/guardian must be submitted to the school office by the morning of the early dismissal. Students will not be dismissed early without written or personal confirmation of this dismissal from the parent or guardian.

Arrival at School

School begins at 8:30 a.m. There is supervision on the playground starting at 8:10 a.m. Students should not arrive at school prior to this time unless alternate arrangements have been made with the principal. When students do arrive prior to 8:10 a.m., students should proceed to the auditorium. When it is raining, snowing or too cold, all students proceed to the auditorium to await further instructions.

When bringing students to school, parents are asked to leave their children at the front door or at the gate of the playground, whichever is appropriate.

School Hours

The opening bell rings at 8:30 a.m. The bell to begin classes rings at 8:35 a.m. Dismissal begins at 2:10 p.m.


Anyone arriving after the 8:35 bell is considered tardy. As required a record of tardiness is kept by the school and becomes part of the permanent record of the student. Excessive tardiness may result in disciplinary action.

Bus Students
To provide a safe environment for students riding our buses, it is necessary to follow certain rules of safety. The students shall:
  • Respect and obey the bus driver.
  • Remain in his/her seat while the bus is being loaded and in motion.
  • Keep entire body inside the bus.
  • Ride only his/her assigned bus.
  • Not eat on the bus.
Students who do not follow the rules of riding the bus are subject to disciplinary action. The action taken will be at the discretion of the principal. Non-compliance with these rules could jeopardize your child's privilege to ride the bus.

All kindergarten students are eligible to be bused within the town of New
London. State law mandates that a child in grades 1 through 8 must live at least one mile from school in order to receive busing.

It is imperative that students ride the bus to which they have been assigned. Students may not ride other buses.

Changing of Classes
When entering or when moving from one classroom to another it is important that students move quietly and line up accordingly. This will allow optimum learning conditions in all classrooms during movement through the building. Congregating in the lavatories before, during or after school is never acceptable.

Class Dues
In grades 6 through 8 students pay class dues in order to help with the expense of trips and other expenses which might occur during the year. It is suggested that these be paid regularly throughout the school year and that they come from the student's own funds. This is an excellent means of teaching and learning financial responsibility.
Communications and Conferences
It is expected that all parents and guardians familiarize themselves with all written communications sent by the administration and teachers. These include, but are not exclusive to, the principal’s weekly letter and school calendar information.

All communications sent to school by parents/guardians must be written and signed by the appropriate adult. Notes written by students and signed by parents/guardians are not acceptable.

Non-custodial Parents have the right to school information. A non-custodial parent may reguest that a folder of information be kept in the office to be picked up weekly by that parent. Grade reports and progress reports are mailed to these parents, when the address is provided to the parent.
Health/Safety Policies
In keeping with the health regulations of the State of Connecticut and the City of New London, appropriate immunizations are required.

All entering Kindergarteners and 7th graders must have had a complete physical examination prior to entering school.

All medications must be in the original container and accompanied by the doctor’s order. Only parents may carry medications to school. No child may have any medication in their possession on the trip to school or during the school day. Medication is dispensed by the school nurse or the designated and trained administrator or faculty member only.
Homework is given for the purpose of reinforcing concepts already introduced. It is given in grades one through eight. The time to be spent on homework is determined on an age-appropriate basis Monday through Thursday nights. The following are time guidelines for expected homework. This should include reading and math.

  • Grades 6-8: 1-1 ½ hours per night.
  • Grades 4-5: 45 minutes-1 hour per night
  • Grade 1-3: 25-40 minutes per night
Students in grades 4 through 8 are expected to keep an assignment notebook for all homework assignments in order to build upon organizational skills and personal responsibility. This assignment book is purchased through the school and will be checked on a regular basis by the classroom and/or curriculum area teacher. This assignment book also provides space for written communication between teacher and parent and vice versa. It is important that as the teacher checks this book regularly, so also should the parent check it.
Lunch/Recess Period
All children must remain at school during the lunch period. Milk may be purchased through the school and payment is made on an annual basis. Glass containers and sodas are not allowed for snack or lunchtime drinks.

Recess is supervised by the school staff and occasionally by volunteers.

Students are expected to act respectfully toward each other and toward whomever is supervising the playground. In the event that the personal or physical safety of anyone on the playground is jeopardized by another, the student will be removed from the playground and will face disciplinary action.
Money and Personal Items
All money sent to school shall be in a sealed envelope with the student's name, grade, and an explanation of the payment on the outside of the envelope.

The money shall be delivered to the teacher or to the secretary at the beginning of the school day. It is not advisable for students to keep large sums of money with them. Money should never be left In mat pockets, in desks or closets.

Students may not bring personal radios, recorders or CD players to school. Toys, unless planned into the academic day, do not have a place in the classroom.

The school cannot assume responsibility for missing items.

Many important notices will be sent home during the school year. Please expect these to be delivered by your children. If you do not see these notices please ask for them. Often they hide at the bottom of backpacks and book bags.

Telephone Use
Students will not be permitted to call home for forgotten items such as
lunches, books, or sneakers. Forgotten items, which are brought to school, should be left with the secretary, so as not to interrupt classes.

Calls made to the school to leave messages for students should be
infrequent, made only in cases of emergency. Arrangements for after school visits or transportation should be made prior to arrival at school.
Family vacations should always be planned during school vacations so as not to interrupt the educational process. In the event that this is not possible, student work that is missed will be provided upon the student’s return, due to instruction that is necessary to appropriately meet the needs of the student. The completion of this work will be expected within a week’s time. Vacation absences are not excused absences and will appear on the official record of absences and the report card.

Any visitors to the school, parents or others, must enter through the front door and report first to the school office. No one may go directly to any classroom. This is a Diocesan Policy for the safety of all Involved.

Walkers and Car "Poolers"
All walkers are dismissed simultaneously to the rectory side of the building. Students should not be at play on the rectory lawn or in the rectory driveway. Those who are meeting car pools should do so promptly so as to alleviate traffic difficulties.

Weather Difficulties
In the event of severe weather St. Joseph School will follow the decision of the local Board of Education as to whether or not school will be in session. This decision will be announced over WNLC-1510, WTYD-FM and TV Channels 30 and 3 in the name of St. Joseph, New London. Announcements will also be sent by email. We ask that your email addresses are kept up-to-date with the office.