Welcome Parents!

The Jefferson Safety Team
is proud to announce our
New (Fall 2017) Safety procedures
for Arrival, Dismissal,and Building Entry

 SCHOOL HOURS

School is in session from 8:30 A.M.-2:50 P.M.
  • Children should arrive on the school grounds no earlier than 8:30 A.M. School personnel may not be available to supervise children before this time.
  • Children will be admitted into the building at 8:30 A.M.

PARKING

SPECIAL BULLETIN:
PARKING AREAS have been SWITCHED, 
effective August, 2017

USE THE PARKING LOT off BEDFORD AVENUE
for DROPPING OFF OR PICKING UP YOUR CHILD.
See here for the overview of the major changes:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1miNKtX6rMpWMsbm7m1j90ENgmjpI9yv52vgZ6JKQW-s/edit?usp=sharing


Details will be mailed and posted in late August,
to be ready for the first day of school.

  • The GRANDVIEW/SPRING HILL parking lot is for STAFF ONLY, by PERMIT. Children and parents are not to be using this area for drop off or pickup.


DISMISSAL

SPECIAL BULLETIN:

DISMISSAL PROCEDURES
have been completely REVAMPED, 
effective August, 2017

 

  • Please send a note giving the reason for the request for an early dismissal. Reasons for “Early Dismissals” should be for extenuating purposes only, i.e, doctor’s appointment, etc., reasons other than this impact the amount of instruction time for your child and disrupts the class already in session.
  • If your child's normal mode of dismissal changes, ( picked up by someone new, or going home with a classmate), two notes are necessary.
  • A note from the parent/guardian giving permission for the change and a note from the “receiving adult” acknowledging the responsibility of caring for your child is required.


VISITORS

SPECIAL BULLETIN:
The Visitor Entry PROCEDURES 
have been updated by the NPS, 
effective August, 2017

Dear NPS Families,

Norwalk Public Schools is pleased to announce that we will begin using the Raptor Visitor Management System across all NPS schools within the 2017-2018 school year. Raptor is a web-based software application that provides an effective and efficient manner in which to track visitors in and out of the schools, helping to increase protection for our staff and our students.

The system allows schools to electronically check all visitors against registered sexual offender databases, produce visitor badges, and monitor visitor hours. Previously, those visiting schools were asked to sign in via a paper-based log at the front office, and were then provided with a badge. With the Raptor system in place, visitors will now present a valid government issued Identification such as a driver’s license, or state ID, to be scanned electronically. Each time a visitor, contractor, or volunteer signs in, or a guardian signs out a student, their name and date of birth are compared against over 750,000 known sex offenders across all 50 states and several territories within the United States. Once the ID is scanned, a badge will be printed within seconds including name, photograph, date, time and destination/purpose of the visit. Additional information from the ID is not gathered, nor is the system connected to any other database. Therefore, any other information connected to the ID card is not part of the system and not accessible to any of the users.

The safety of our students and staff is of the highest importance to NPS. Your patience is valued while we continue to refine our procedures and do all that we can to make our schools welcoming for our community, while maintaining a safe and secure environment for our students.

If you have any questions regarding the new system, please contact District School Preparedness Coordinator Joe Rios at riosjo@norwalkps.org.

To learn more about the system, please visit www.raptorware.com. The Raptor system is currently being used in a variety of Connecticut public schools including Newtown, New Britain, New Milford, and New Fairfield.

Sincerely,

Dr. Steven Adamowski, Superintendent

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All parents and other visitors are requested to report to the office upon entering the building for a visitor badge. The office is located on the second floor.

  • No one should be in the building without a badge after the 8:45 A.M. bell rings for the start of school. 
  • Lunches, sneakers or other forgotten items can be dropped off at the main office.

ABSENCES

Each day when your child is absent for illness or for any reason, families must call the Jefferson School office prior to 8:00 AM and leave a message (203-899-2870 ext. 2). This will alert us to not expect your child in school. This is for the safety of your child. 

  • When returning to school, you child must return to school with a note giving the reason for the child’s absence.
  • In the case of a prolonged absence (three days or more) or communicable disease, please call our School Nurse, Ms. Yoder (203-899-2870 ext. 3).

 BUSES     

Please note all bus routes are subject to change without prior notice. Please make sure that students arrive at stops 15 minutes prior to the scheduled time and allow up to 15 minutes after for the bus to arrive, this is to allow for any unscheduled changes that may occur (i.e. traffic or weather).

  • Questions concerning buses should be addressed to the school: Telephone: 203-899-2870 Fax: 203-899-2874
  •  Complaints concerning buses should be addressed to the Coordinator of Transportation: 203-854-4074.
  •  Norwalk Board of Education advises parents to accompany their elementary school children to school bus stops for pick up and drop off. KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS will not be dropped off without an ADULT present and will be brought back to school.
  •  In the event of an emergency early dismissal, students will be dismissed as the parents indicated on the Early Release Form.  Contact the office if you have not received one.


WEATHER ADVISORIES

During storms when the opening of schools is in doubt or early dismissal is a concern, parents are advised to check the District Website, call the District HOTLINE or tune in to Radio Station 1350 AM WNLK or Cablevision CANNEL 12 for the latest report. Please do not call the school for this information. Often when this circumstance develops, all of our phone lines will be busy.

District HOTLINE: 203-854-4123

Radio stations: WNLK     1350 AM        WEBE 108 FM

Television Stations: WTNH (Channel 8) and CABLEVISION (News 12)

 

SCHOOL PROCEDURES

 Your cooperation in observing the following procedures will be greatly appreciated.

Norwalk Elementary School Handbook
Norwalk Elementary School Handbook Spanish