Arrival and Dismissal Information
Esther Jackson Elementary school has a six hour-and-forty minute instructional day. School doors open at 7:10a.m. Students arriving between 7:10a.m. and 7:40a.m. should report to their classrooms. Those students eating breakfast at school will go directly to the cafeteria upon arrival at school. Breakfast is served from 7:10a.m. until 7:35a.m. No breakfast will be served after this time. For safety reasons, students should not arrive before 7:10a.m. Adequate school personnel are not available for student supervision until 7:10a.m. each day.
It is the parents’ responsibility to keep the school informed about routine “after school” plans (I.e. Prime Time, etc.) or dismissal transportation changes. For students safety, any change in these arrangements (even for one day) must be communicated IN WRITING to the classroom teacher. No emailed dismissal changes will be accepted. Thank you for reserving “call-in” changes for EXTREME EMERGENCIES ONLY. (“Call-in” changes cannot be accepted after 2:00p.m.)
Regular and punctual attendance is essential for maximum academic growth. Students are required to be in class ready to begin work at 7:40 and will be marked “tardy” after this time. (When a Fulton County bus is late, students riding that bus are not counted tardy).
Esther Jackson’s bell will ring promptly at 7:40 a.m. Children that arrive after the bell rings; must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to the front office to complete a tardy slip. Excessive tardiness will prompt a letter from the school or a parent conference with the teacher or administrator.
The school day at Esther Jackson ends at 2:20 p.m. Students will be called for dismissal in the following order: Fulton County bus riders, day care bus riders, car riders, then accompanied and unaccompanied walkers.
If it is necessary for a student to leave school early, please send a note to the student’s teacher. Any student leaving before the regular dismissal time must be signed out through the office by a parent, legal guardian, or parent designee. For the security of all children, please be prepared to show ID when checking out a student. Students may not be checked out after 2:00 p.m. unless previously approved.
A student who is absent must bring a written excuse signed by a parent or guardian the day the student returns to school. The Georgia Board of Education lawfully excuses students for the following reasons: personal illness, death in the immediate family, and recognized religious holidays. A student must be in attendance more than one-half day before he/she can be counted present during that day. To encourage regular attendance, elementary schools award Attendance Certificates to students at the end of the year.
Assignment Pick-up Policy
Should you need to pick up assignments for your child due to one or two day absences, please call the school office before 9:00 a.m. each morning. Materials may be picked up at the end of the school day. This gives the teacher adequate time during the school day to organize needed materials. Please notify the school office if your child has a contagious disease or an extended illness.
Make-up Work Policy
Students absent one day will be given one day upon return to school to make up work. Students absent two days will be given two days upon return to school to make up work, etc. The number of school days absent determines the number of school days to complete make up work.
School Celebrations and Birthday Treats
Esther Jackson has two parties planned each school year, a winter party and an end of the year party. These parties are organized and sponsored by the Room Parents of the PTA. A fall Snack will be served on Book Character Day. Special snacks to share with the class may be sent to celebrate a birthday or other special occasion. Snacks will be distributed during lunch to students in the child’s class. Birthday and/or party invitations should be distributed from home and not at school. Please do not ask the teacher or allow your child to distribute birthday invitations in the classroom.
Students may use the office telephone only in emergencies. To use the phone, the student must bring a written note from the teacher. Students may not phone for items left at home such as homework, field trip permission forms, band or orchestra instruments, or lunch. If lunch is forgotten, the student may charge a school lunch.
Toys and Other Distractors
Toys and other related items that distract from learning are not allowed at school. If brought to school, items such as these may be taken from the student by school personnel and returned to parents upon their request. Thank you for helping by monitoring the items your child brings to school .
September and April are designated months for formal testing in Fulton County Schools. Grades 3 and 5 will take the ITBS in September. The Georgia Criterion Referenced Competency Test (CRCT) will be given to students in Grades 3-5 in April. The Georgia Writing Assessment will be given to 3rd graders in March and to 5th graders in January. The Georgia Kindergarten Assessment Program (GKAP) is given throughout the kindergarten year.
Textbooks issued are the property of Fulton County schools. They should be used with care and returned in good condition. Students are responsible for books which are lost, stolen, or damaged beyond use. Board policy states that report cards and other records cannot be released until payment is made for lost or damaged books.
Pictures are usually taken twice during the school year. The first one will be taken in the fall and the picture will be used in the yearbook. The second will be taken in the spring. There will be a retake day for both sessions.
Student Dress Code
Students should come to school dressed neatly, cleanly and in a manner that is not distracting to others. Please adhere to the following:
Short shorts, see-through clothing, T-shirts or other apparel with inappropriate or suggestive language, make-up, “flip-flop” sandals, middriff tops, shirts with spaghetti straps, and torn clothing are not appropriate for school.
Children's’ clothing must be the appropriate size and provide adequate coverage.
Shorts must be “finger-tip” length when the child is standing.
Pants (including jeans and slacks) must be worn appropriately. Pants “sagged” low at the hips are not acceptable.
Extremes in hair style and/or color are not acceptable.
All hats, including head scarves, must be removed upon entering the building or classroom, except for scheduled hat days.
Shoes must be worn at all times.