Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: What should I do if my child arrives to school late?
A: The students’ instructional day begins at 8:30 a.m. Beginning the day on time with the rest of the class ensures a good start to the academic day. A student arriving after 8:30 a.m. needs a written excuse to explain the reason for being tardy. Parents need to report to the office to sign the child in, allowing the student to receive a late pass and be removed from the absentee roll. The tardiness will be excused for a doctor’s appointment, illness, or legal business only.
Q: I need to pick up my child for an early dismissal. What do I need to do?
A: A child may be picked up from the school office by one of two means, i.e., a note signed by the parent/guardian, or in the person of a parent/guardian. Parents are required to report to the office in person and identify themselves to pick up the child. An ID is required for the release of the child.
Q: How do I enroll my child into the breakfast club at Sunnyside? What are the hours and cost?
A: The Breakfast Club is a program operated by Smyrna School District Staff on school days beginning at 7:00 a.m. Students will be supervised and engaged in interactive activities and will receive breakfast at a cost of $2.50 per day. Non-refundable payments are due in advance on a monthly basis and may be made payable to the Child Nutrition Program. Registration forms are available in the school office or on the school district website: www.smyrna.k12.de.us. Please access the building using the bus lane entrance once your child is enrolled. Please be advised that Breakfast Club is open on 1-hour school delay days but will be closed on 2-hour school delay days or when school is not is session.
Q: How do I enroll my child into the Boys and Girls of Delaware program here at Sunnyside?
A: The Boys and Girls Club of Delaware provides a comprehensive afterschool care program for children ages 5 – 13 from 3:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. The program features enhanced instructional strategies, life enhancing programs, and character and value development experiences. A nutritious snack and drink will be provided each day. All children must become a member of the Smyrna/Clayton Boys and Girls Club.
Cost of Boys and Girls Club of Delaware: Sunnyside Elementary works in partnership with the Boys and Girls Club. Registration and enrollment are the responsibility of the Boys and Girls Club. The annual membership fee is $15.00 and is due at the time of registration. The weekly tuition is $65.00 with additional fees for half days and whole days when the building is open. State Purchase of Care is accepted. Registration forms are available in the front office. When enrolled in the program, please access the building using the bus lane entrance.
Q: Can you explain to me the Smyrna School Districts dress code policy?
A: The Smyrna School Districts general philosophy is as
The following clothing attire is unacceptable:
Disregard of the Smyrna School District dress policy could result in removal from the school setting. Continued disregard of the Dress Code Policy will be considered to be defiance of school authority.
Q: Will my child have school celebrations on holidays?
A: Each classroom in Grades 1-4 may have 3 holiday-themed parties (Halloween, Winter Holiday, Valentine’s Day, or a Spring Holiday) which will be at the teacher’s discretion. Please contact your child’s teacher for more detailed information.
Q: It is my child’s birthday, and I wanted to know if I could bring something special in for him/her?
A: Sending flowers, balloons, and/or gifts to your child during the school day interrupts the educational process and is not permitted. Please schedule an appropriate time with your child’s teacher if you wish to celebrate during school hours.
You are permitted to bring a store bought treat in the original unopened container with a label listing all the ingredients.
EX: If you want to bring in Dunkin Donuts please make sure the package is sealed and you can ask Dunkin to print out a list of ingredients.
If the item doesn't have the ingredients listed on the unopened package it will not be permitted to enter the classroom.
Q: Am I able to visit my child at school?
A: Parents are encouraged to be active participants in the education process. Here are a few guidelines for visiting the school:
• Please contact the teacher in advance of your desire to visit or volunteer. We want to ensure that the time of your visit is appropriate and won’t interrupt the educational process in the classroom. Visits will be restricted during testing situations.
• Please sign in at the office. You will be given a Visitor’s sticker to wear while in the building.
• Please note that your visit is for the stated purpose only.
• Please remember that this is a visit only. If you wish to conference with the teacher, you may call the office or the teacher to arrange a scheduled time.
• Please make other arrangements for the student’s sibling(s) so as not to distract from the purpose of the visit.
• Please adhere to classroom rules and refrain from eating or drinking in the classroom.
• If you have messages to deliver to the student, please contact the office.
• The school building and grounds are smoke-free zones.
Tobacco Regulation 877 prohibits the use and distribution of tobacco products by all staff, students, visitors, and parents in a school building, on school grounds, in school-leased or school owned vehicles and property, and at all school affiliated functions, both on and off school grounds. Tobacco regulation 877 means a healthier, safe school environment for everyone.
• The building principal reserves the right to re-schedule or terminate a visitation.
Q: I would like to volunteer in my child’s classroom. What do I need to do?
A: Parents and community volunteers who want to volunteer or be a chaperone must complete the Chaperone/Volunteer form, complete a TB Risk Assessment (available with our school nurse), and be approved by the building principal.
A background check is only required if you are going to have direct contact with students in the classroom. If you are coming to volunteer on a routine basis and, for example, pulling students to review multiplication facts, a background check would be needed. If you are volunteering to run copies or laminate, then a background check is not required.
Q: I am attending my child’s field trip and I am not riding the bus with the students and teachers. Is my child able to ride with me in my vehicle instead of riding the bus?
A: It is the Smyrna School District’s policy that students will ride his/her designated bus to and from the field trip for reasons of safety and accountability.
Q: I am joining my child for lunch in the cafeteria; can I bring my
child food from their favorite restaurant?
A: No, a packed lunch from home is fine. The district’s policy prohibits food from outside sources (McDonald’s, Wendy’s, etc.) to be consumed in the cafeteria.
The Smyrna School District does not discriminate in employment, educational programs, services or activities based on race, color, marital status, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or any other protected category or status in accordance with state and federal laws.
Inquiries should be directed to the District Superintendent. 82 Monrovia Ave, Smyrna, Delaware 19977, or telephone (302) 653-8585