FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
HOW CAN PARENTS GET INVOLVED?
We welcome your involvement and encourage you to volunteer in the school and become involved in school and PTO activities. The Radio Park PTO works closely with the staff and plays a valuable role in our total school program. Your membership in and support of the PTO is welcomed. PTO meetings are scheduled for the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM.
HOW DO WE KNOW OUR CHLD'S BUS NUMBER/TIMES?
Please check the Back to School edition of the Centre Daily Times for your child's bus number and bus stop or visit our transportation website. Safety rules for riding the bus will be included in the first day packet. Be sure to review the information with your child.
Discuss with your child the importance of obeying the bus driver and observing safety rules while on the bus. You will be notified by phone or in writing whenever your child violates bus safety rules. Safety violations can cause temporary or permanent suspension from the bus.
Bus drivers report that students' behavior at bus stops is much better when parents are close by. It will help children get off to a good start each school day if you can work out a schedule with your neighbors to take turns monitoring your bus stop.
CAN MY CHILD TAKE A DIFFERENT BUS TO VISIT A FRIEND?
If you are requesting a permanent bus change send us a letter of request by August 31st. Your request will be reviewed before school starts.
If you want your child to ride a bus other than the one assigned to your neighborhood, for a special occasion, you must send a note in advance to the office requesting permission. Requests are approved only if there is available space on the bus. All requests should include the date of the request, your child's name, the bus number, your child's regular bus number and your signature.
WHAT TIME DOES SCHOOL BEGIN AND END?
The school day begins for students in kindergarten and grades 1 - 5 at 8:44 AM and dismisses at 2:50 PM. Children should not arrive at school before 8:30 AM because there is no supervision available at that time.
WHAT IS THE STUDENT SAFE ARRIVAL PROGRAM?
All State College Area School District Elementary Schools will continue to participate in the STUDENT SAFE ARRIVAL PROGRAM. Any time your child is going to be absent, or late to school, you will need to call 235-4549 between 4:00 PM - 9:30 AM and leave a message on the answering machine. If your child is marked absent but you have not called to notify us, you will be contacted at home or at work to make certain you know that your child is not at school. Our goal is to make certain every child is safely at home or at school every day.
The Safely At School Number 235-4549
WHAT ARE THE SAFETY/SECURITY PROCEDURES?
All visitors entering Radio Park must use the door bell outside the front door and wait to be buzzed into the school. Once in side the school, all visitors must report to the office to sign in. All of our outside doors are locked throughout the entire school day.
WHAT IS THE SIGN IN/SIGN OUT PROCEDURE?
Whenever you bring your child to school late or take your child out of school early, please come to the office to complete the sign in/sign out sheet indicating time and reason for absence. You will need to use the buzzer outside our front door to be admitted to our school.
WHAT IS THE PROCEDURE FOR DROPPING MY CHILD OFF AT SCHOOL?
If you drive your child to school, please either park your car in the parking lot and escort your child into the building or use the drop off lane (where the canopy begins) and drop your child off right at the sidewalk. It is important that your child exits on the passenger's side of the car where there is not traffic going by. Please do not pull in front of the school and drop off your child, even if you don't see busses. The area in front of the entire school is a bus loading area only.
WHAT IS THE PROCEDURE FOR PICKING STUDENTS UP AT DISMISSAL?
At dismissal time, it is difficult to monitor all of the students as they are being picked up by so many people along with monitoring students as they leave for the busses. We will continue to dismiss students who are being picked up a few minutes early so we can more easily monitor our dismissal. Students who are being picked up by a parent or a parent?s designee, will need to be signed out from the office before they can be dismissed. It would be helpful for parents to arrive at the office at 2:45 to sign their children out from school. We will then call all students who have been signed out to the lobby so they can leave with their parent or designee. When you pick up your children from school, please be sure to walk with them across our busy parking lot and hold the hand of younger children. This procedure makes our parking/drop off area safer as well as ensure that each student leaves with the right person. (When you complete this year?s emergency card, please note if someone other than you will be picking up your child on a regular basis. )
WHAT ARE THE ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL PROCEDURES?
Arrival at Radio Park---- School starts at 8:44 AM
Please do not have child/children arrive before 8:20 AM
to wait in the lobby
Upon arriving, child/ children eating breakfast at school can
go to the cafeteria to get their breakfast and
wait in the lobby until children are dismissed to their
rooms at 8:30
If you and your child/children arrive after 8:44, please
accompany them into the office to sign them in and supply
the reason for lateness
Dismissal at Radio Park-- School ends at 2:50 PM
If you are picking your child/children up from school,
you need to come into the office to sign them out
If your child/children is riding the bus home with a friend,
please send a note to school in the AM with the following
information: child?s name, room number, child going home
with, the bus number of the child going home with--the
office will issue a yellow bus pass
If your child/children normally rides a bus home and you
are picking them up from school, please send a note
and have them bring it to the office
Picking up children
for an appointment-- Please come into the office upon arrival at school to pick up
your child for an appointment to sign them out and the
office staff will call to the room for the child.
You could send a note in with child in the AM informing
the teacher of your plans.
HOW DO YOU HANDLE CUSTODY INFORMATION?
Parents are asked to inform the school office of any changes in their child's custody status. This includes changes in residence at any time throughout the year. The school office needs the name, address and telephone number of the parent/guardian with whom the child resides.
Copies of court orders relating to custody must be on file in the child's record so the district can assist in carrying out the order. Where there is no court-ordered custody arrangement, the parent/guardian with whom the child resides has physical custody and is the parent/guardian the district communicates with routinely.
Non-custodial parents interested in being on the school mailing list should provide self-addressed stamp envelopes to the office.
WHAT DO I DO IF I WANT TO VISIT OR VOLUNTEER?
If you visit or volunteer in our school, we ask that you sign in and out at the office and wear a visitor or volunteer badge while you are at Radio Park. You may pick up and return these badges when you sign in and out at the office. Thank you!
NEED TO DROP SOMETHING OFF OR HAVE BIRTHDAY TREATS?
When you stop in to pick up your child or to drop off birthday treats, lunches or homework, please come into the office. One of our secretaries, Mrs. Schon or Mrs. Moore, will help you by asking your child to come to the office or seeing that materials are delivered. Teachers are appreciative if you stop in the office rather than at the classroom door to avoid disrupting class activities. Whenever you need to meet with or talk to the teacher, just leave a message in the office and an appointment will be scheduled. Thanks for your understanding and cooperation.
MAY MY CHILD RIDE A BIKE TO SCHOOL?
Radio Park permits students to ride their bike to and from school as long as we have parent permission on file. If you choose to allow your child to ride his/her bike to school, then a bike permission form must be signed by a parent and turned in to the school office. The student must wear an approved bike helmet.
Bike Permission Form
I give my child, __________________________, permission to ride his/her bike to and from Radio Park School. I understand that I am responsible for my child, and that this privilege can be revoked if my child does not wear a helmet.
Parent Signature Date
WHAT IS THE FIRST DAY PACKET?
Children who are the youngest or only in a family will bring home a large envelope on the first day of school. To save paper and avoid having parents sort through multiple copies of the same information, we decided to send one packet home per family. This packet will contain important school and PTO papers. Please read and complete the forms and return them to school as soon as possible. Of particular importance is the emergency card which every child will receive. Please complete this card for each child in your family and return this card as soon as possible.
WHAT IS THE EDUCATIONAL TRIP POLICY?
Due to the importance of class attendance, the school district does not recommend lengthy student absences whether excused or unexcused. The district policy for educational trips, not school sponsored, is as follows:
o Advance notification of educational trips. Parents must request approval two weeks prior to the trip; otherwise, there may be inadequate time to prepare assignments.
o A determination by the principal that the trip is educational and excusable.
o A total of ten days in any academic year will be excused for educational trips. Additional absences for educational trips will be unexcused.
o The appropriateness of assignments given will be determined by the teacher and the principal. Teachers may require such assignments as: math, written logs, reading and/or written reports.
o Any exception to this policy due to extenuating circumstances must be approved by the Assistant Superintendent. Excuses of prolonged absence will be considered on an individual basis.
o Educational trip request forms are available in the school office. If you are unable to stop at the office to complete the form, please call the school and a form will be sent home with your child. You can download a form on our Radio Park home page under site shortcuts.
DO YOU OFFER BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL CARE?
The Child Development and Family Council will offer before and after school care at Radio Park this year. In the past the after school care was provided through our community education program by offering enrichment classes. This year the Child Development and Family Council will offer the child care and enrichment classes will be offered on Mondays after school for any child in the school. Please look forward to receiving additional information about these two programs. The Child Development and Family Council phone number is 238-5480.
HOW DO YOU HANDLE HEALTH EMERGENCIES?
We will always notify you if your child is injured or becomes ill. If there is an emergency and we can't reach you, we will call the person listed on the school emergency card. It is very important, therefore, to keep emergency numbers up to date. If we cannot reach you or someone listed on the emergency card in a situation requiring immediate medical treatment, an ambulance will be called and your child will be taken to the local hospital emergency room.
WHAT IS THE EMERGENCY CARD?
We need every studnet to have an emergency card on file so we have multiple ways to reach parents in the event of an emergency. We are asking that you also include e-mail addresses, beeper numbers and car phone numbers on your emergency card that will be coming home in your first day packet. This information will help us reach you in case of an emergency. Thank you.
WHAT IS THE DISTRICT POLICY ABOUT MEDICATION?
School district policy requires that parents send a doctor's statement to school, as well as a written statement from the parent, in order for children to take prescribed medication in school. This form appears in the back of the newsletter. Take the form with you to the doctor if you think your child may be required to take medication in school - it will save you a trip back to the doctor. Additional forms can be obtained from the school office.
WHAT IF MY CHILD IS TOO SICK TO COME TO SCHOOL?
After an illness, please keep your child at home until well enough to come back to school and participate in all school activities. Please do not ask us to allow your child to remain inside during the Daily Directed Physical Education period as we do not have indoor supervision during recess. After returning to school, please be sure to send in an excuse note.
WHAT IF MY CHILD HAD A LIFE-THREATENING ILLNESS?
If your child has a life-threatening illness (diabetes, allergic reaction to bee stings, etc.), please notify the office by the first day of school. Please provide us with phone numbers to call in the event of an emergency.
WHAT IS AN EXCUSE NOTE FOR ABSENCE?
We need your help. A directive from the Department of Education states that an excuse must be on file each time your child is absent from school. Please help us by sending an excuse note as soon as your child returns to school after an absence. Excuse forms are available for your convenience, but any note with your signature is fine.
Examples of Acceptable Excuses:
Death in the family
Illness of the student
Medical or dental appointment
Educational trip (We have a separate form for this purpose which must be completed and submitted PRIOR to the trip.)
Examples of Unacceptable Excuses:
Missing the school bus
Trips not receiving prior approval
WHAT ARE THE PARKING LOT PROCEDURES?
We need your help with our parking lot for both morning and afternoon arrivals and departures as well as with signing children in and out of school. Recently Mr. Ed Poprik, our director of physical plant, attended one of our principal?s brown bag lunches to talk about the facilities plan for Radio Park. As a part of the long term facilities plan for Radio Park, we are studying ways to create a separate loop for parents and busses. Until we are able to create this new driving pattern in our parking lot, I need to ask for your help. If everyone could please follow these traffic patterns, it will make for a safer parking lot:
1. Always enter at the entrance away from the bus garage, near the entrance of the school. Always exit by the bus garage.
2. When dropping off children in the morning, please do so in the area before the overhang. There is a sign posted there to remind parents of our drop off zone. The area under the overhang and in front of our building is for busses only. Even if you don?t see any busses in this area, please do not pull up in this area because it creates congestion for busses and other parents who are dropping off their children.
3. When you do drop your children off, ALWAYS have them exit from the passenger side. Even if they have to crawl over a car seat, it is safer to have them exit on to the sidewalk rather than into the parking lot/traffic area.
4. Do NOT park in the drop off zone. If you want to enter the school with your child, then please park in the parking lot rather than the drop off zone.
5. If you park in the back parking lot, please be sure to follow the direction signs and make a right into our parking lot rather than make a left into a one way only traffic pattern.
6. Finally, please refrain from using cell phones while driving in our parking lot.
7. When you drop off your children at school in the morning and you see a bulletin board in front of the school saying, ?If you are arriving after 8:44, please come to the office to sign in your child,? it means your children are late you will need to sign them in at the office. By having you sign them in, we can more accurately track our attendance and lunch orders which are completed at 8:44 in the classrooms.
8. If you need to sign your children out for an appointment at the end of the day, please let the secretaries know in the office when you arrive and they will call them to the office. If you are here to pick up your children at the end of the day and you don?t have an appointment, then your children will be called to the lobby at dismissal time.
WHAT IS INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT?
The State College Area School District uses an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach for managing insects, rodents and weeds. Our goal is to protect every student from pesticide exposure by using an IPM approach to pest management. Our IPM approach focuses on making the school building and grounds an unfavorable habitat for these pests by removing food and water sources and eliminating their hiding and breeding places. We accomplish this through routine cleaning and maintenance. We routinely monitor the school building and grounds to detect any pests that are present.
From time to time, it may be necessary to use chemicals to manage a pest problem. Chemicals will only be used when necessary, and will not be routinely applied. When chemicals are used, the school will try to use the least toxic products when possible. Applications will be made only when students are not present. Notices will be posted in these areas 72 hours prior to application and for two days following the application.
Parents or guardians of students enrolled in the school may request prior notification of specific pesticide applications made at the school. To receive notification, you must be placed on the school's notification registry. If you would like to be placed on this registry, please notify the district in writing. Send your request to: IPM Coordinator, 131 West Nittany Ave., State College, PA 16801. Each year the district will prepare a new notification registry. Please include your email address if you would like to be notified electronically.
If a chemical application must be made to control an emergency pest problem, notice will be provided by telephone to any parent or guardian who has requested such notification in writing. Exemptions to this notification include disinfectants and antimicrobial products; self-containerized baits placed in areas not accessible to students, and gel type baits placed in cracks, crevices or voids; and swimming pool maintenance chemicals.
If you have any questions, please contact Ed Poprik, IPM Coordinator at 231-1026 or firstname.lastname@example.org.