School Policies

Two students posing in class

Arrival & Dismissal

Drop-off

Students can begin to line up outside at 7:50 a.m. Please note, children are not allowed anywhere on school grounds before 7:50 a.m., as there is no supervision. Students should line up in their classroom’s designated spot between 7:50 to 8 a.m.

Children arriving at school after 8 a.m., will be considered tardy and must ring the office buzzer at the front door for entry (Parents may not enter the building at this time).  If your child will be absent, please call the Attendance Hotline at 720-424-5389 to report the absence. Mornings are extremely busy, so please be sure to call the Attendance Hotline number and not the main office to report an absence or tardiness.

Pick-up

Pick-up time is 3:05 p.m., Monday through Friday. There is no supervision provided after 3:05 p.m., so students must be picked up promptly at 3:05 p.m.

If you need to pick up a student early, please ring the buzzer on the front door and the office will send your student to you. We will not call students to the office until someone is present out front to pick them up. Students will only be released to individuals who are listed as a parent, guardian, or emergency contact – call the office to add someone to your list of approved pick-up people.

Transportation

DPS School Bus Transportation

Transportation assigns students to ride specific buses according to district guidelines and within specific load limits. Students living within their school’s walk zone (1.0 miles for elementary schools) are not allowed to ride a bus unless it is an unsafe walking environment (for example, a multi-lane highway without a crossing). Students who are assigned outside their geographical area due to a school Choice request are not guaranteed transportation.

If you live within a mile of school or outside of Montclair’s boundary, you can request an exception to have your child ride the school bus (space is limited and not guaranteed). See the DPS Transportation Department’s website for more information.

Attendance

Daily attendance is very important to school success. If your child will be absent or tardy, please call the school at 720-424-5389 and leave a message with your child’s name, teacher and reason for the absence.

Attendance Policy

Lost & Found

The lost and found is located at the south end of the first floor hallway. Items that are not claimed will be donated to charity on a monthly basis. Smaller items such as keys and eyeglasses will be kept in the office.

School Supplies & Uniforms

School Supplies

We do the shopping for you!!! During registration, families contribute a flat school fee per student to cover school supplies. Cash, check or credit cards will be accepted.

Montclair does NOT require students to wear uniforms.

School Closures & Delays

The decision to keep schools open or to close them during winter weather conditions is not a simple one, but it is made with one overriding factor in mind: the well-being of our students, their families, and staff. DPS Transportation has made preparations to ensure buses are running and students arrive safely to school. Our drivers participate in a comprehensive training program that includes preparation for driving in inclement weather and adverse conditions like wintry weather.

Weather Delays (1 Hour Delays)

Introducing Weather Delay Schedule for Identified Schools: In the event of adverse weather conditions that would impede the Transportation Department’s ability to safely access students, a “Weather Delay Schedule for Identified Schools” will be implemented. The goal for this delay schedule is to provide buses an additional 60 minutes to access schools that start at 8:30 a.m. or later. If a school starts before 8:30 a.m., it will not be impacted by the Weather Delay Schedule and will start at its normal time. Montclair IS a school that will have weather delay days and our start time will be exactly 1 hour later than usual. We will still dismiss at 3:45 on delay days – please allow yourself extra time to get here on bad weather days.

School Closures

If schools are to be closed due to weather conditions, the district is committed to making a decision as early as possible. The decision to close is made by the Superintendent based on information provided by representatives from transportation agencies, the weather bureau, city and county law enforcement and DPS Transportation.

Communications

If school is cancelled or delayed, this information will be communicated in the following ways:

Schools Open During Inclement Weather: The required transportation will be provided. However, services may be modified to ensure both driver and student safety and welfare. Traffic conditions may require students to spend additional time en route to school, special activities, programs or home. Buses could be delayed up to 15 minutes due to the inclement weather. This information will be posted to the Transportation hotline 720-423-4600.

Severe Weather During School Day

DPS will closely monitor severe weather conditions and forecasts throughout the day to ensure student safety. Should severe weather begin during the school day, bus routes will run in the same order as normally followed in the afternoon. Depending on conditions, arrival times at home may be delayed. After-school activities (athletic events, enrichment programs, etc.) may be modified or cancelled as a result of the weather conditions.