SCHOOL & PARENT COMMUNICATIONS & INFORMATION
Parent Portal: In order to set up a new Portal account, please read the Portal Account Guidelines on the District's websit, http://www.isd318.org/page/2627, and electronically submit the Parent Portal Access Agreement. Directions for setting up your Portal account will be sent to you by email upon receipt of the completed form. Thank You!
Health Plans and Med Authorizations: Please complete all forms for health services and return them to the nurse ASAP. Health Plans provide documentation of conditions requiring treatment or awareness. Doctor's orders must be on file to administer prescription medications at school. Over the counter medicines require parental signature on a medication authorization form, along with dosage information. Contact the school nurse for a meds authorization form.
TARDY or ABSENT: If your child will be absent, please call the school by 9:00 am. Leave a message on the voicemail overnight or after hours. If your child will be late, notify the office if possible. Students should be signed in upon arrival to get a late admission slip to class. Students arriving mid-day following appointments should also be signed in.
Early Pick-Ups should be prearranged whenever possible. Send a note or call the school as early as possible indicating what time your child will be picked up and by whom. All students must be signed out if leaving prior to normal dismissal times. If you show up unannounced to pick up a student, please sign them out in the office so we have a record of who they went with. This is a safety precaution for the school and family members. NOTE: Last minute changes of plans may not get communicated to your child or their teacher before the end of the school day. Please call the school before 2:2:00 pm with after-school arrangements.
DAILY ROUTINES AND PROCEDURES
Welcome to our school. Our staff has been very busy preparing for another exciting year at SW. Please take a few minutes to read the following information regarding our school operations.
Information/Communication Process: Information about school events and community programs is sent home in the Parent Folder on Tuesdays. Please check the folder and return anything that requires your response promptly. Grades 2 - 4 also use daily student planners to organize assignments and allow notes written back and forth to school. Parents are encouraged to call or email teachers or contact the office with questions.
The PTC (Parent Teacher Council) sends home information describing all of our events/projects and volunteer opportunities for parents throughout the year. Work is done by committees and signup sheets are posted in the front hallway each fall. If you are interested in supporting a particular committee, contact the PTC chair or call the office. We thank you in advance for your help and support for all SW students. Our PTC makes such a difference for everyone by generating the extra funding needed to enrich the educational opportunities provided by the district. With funding diminishing from the state, we depend upon your help to keep us going forward.
Thank You - Thank You - Thank You!!!
Schedule: School Hours are 8:30 am - 3:00 pm. Students should be seated in their classrooms by the 8:30 am bell. Students leave campus by 3:00 pm when the buses leave. Students should be picked up by 3:00 pm at the west door or front entrance. Kindergarten and 1st Grades allow parent pick-ups at front entrance after 2:45 pm. Older students are encouraged to use the west door exit for pick-ups by 3:00 pm.
The Breakfast/Lunch Food Service program is a prepayment system. There is no charging. Your account number remains the same from year to year and payment can be sent to SW or directly to the high school. Your child will bring home a slip when your account is low. Money should be in an envelope with your child’s name, school, account number, and amount of money enclosed. Students require a good breakfast to get their day off to a good start. The district has breakfast available to purchase every day. Students who wait in the lunchroom in the morning can eat while they are waiting. Those students coming in on the last busses at 8:20 am will have time to eat before class starts (they can go directly to the lunchroom after getting off the bus).
Free & Reduced Lunch Applications: If you think you could qualify for this program please complete an application and get it into us as soon as possible. If you prefer a print form, they are available in the office. New forms must to be completed by October 1st or you will be charged for meals (which includes all of September). This information remains confidential. All families who think they might qualify are strongly encouraged to apply because federal Title I funding eligibility is based on the percentage of students on the program.
Nursing Services: Our nurse, Traci Lessman, RN is on duty from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm on school days. If you need to connect with her please call or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please update the school regarding health concerns requiring medications or staff awareness and complete the necessary health plans and authorization forms for medications to be taken at school. Update medical information on the Student Emergency Card annually.
Health Insurance for Your Child: If you do not have health care for your child Minnesota Health Care Programs have free and low-cost health insurance for children and families who qualify. Two examples are Medical Assistance, which has no monthly premium, and Minnesota Care, which has a monthly premium based on household income. For more information, call your county office or visit www.dhs.state.mn.us/healthcare.
Additional Information: The district’s website is a great informational site for you to check out. The address is www.isd318.org. Calendars, events, policies, our handbook, staff information and activities are all available for you to get more details. Every family receives a copy of the Elementary Handbooks the first week of school each fall. This document is also available on the district webpage. Use it to refer to school policies and procedures.