Attendance & Bell Schedule
7:15 am - Doors open for students. Please do not drop off students prior to 7:15 am. Breakfast is served in the cafeteria.
7:45 am - School day begins.
3:00 pm - School day ends.
11:20 - 11:50
10:45 - 11:15
11:00 - 11:30
Attendance at school is important for successful academic progress. Regular attendance is also required by Arkansas State Law 6-18-221. It is important for students to be at school each day and on time.
Under the new Every Student Succeeds Act attendance will play an integral part of each student's educational performance. The new law defines absenteeism in 3 risk categories:
Low Risk - a student that misses less then 5% of days enrolled. Each school year is 178 days which translates to 0-9 days a year total.
Moderate Risk - a student that misses 5% to 10% of the days enrolled. That translates to 10-18 days absent per year.
High risk or chronic - a student that misses more than 10% of the days enrolled. That translates to more than 18 days per year absent.
Our goal here at Smith Elementary is to have each and every student remain in the low risk category. ALL absences must be reported to the school office. We do understand that children get sick periodically. Please provide a doctor's note any time your student is absent.
All students who arrive after 7:45 am are considered tardy. Excessive tardies may be sent to the Juvenile court as educational neglect.
No early checkouts after 2:30 pm unless it is an emergency. This is to safe guard instructional time and increase safety.
Transportation changes MUST be made BEFORE 2:00 pm and must go through the office.
Check Out/In Procedure:
Students arriving late or leaving early must check in/out through school personnel located in the front office. Parents picking up their child during the school day are required to come into the front office to sign the student out and must show photo identification. Parents are discouraged from checking students out of school for non-medical reasons. Students will not be allowed to check out from school with ANY PERSON that is not listed on their EMERGENCY/PROFILE CARD. Any student arriving at school later than 7:45 am MUST be checked in by a parent or legal guardian in the front office. Check-outs during school hours will require a photo I.D..
Thank you for your attention to the policies listed above. All of the policies are in place to create the best learning environment for ALL students.