Absence and Tardiness
Consistent, on-time attendance is important and directly related to academic success.
Please call the Mesa Attendance Line at (720) 561-3002 before 8:10am if your child will be absent or tardy to school. Children who arrive after 8:30am are considered tardy and must sign in at the office before going to class.
Frequent absences from the regular classroom disrupt the student’s education.
The Colorado legislature has adopted compulsory attendance laws (COLO. REV. STAT. § 22-33-101 et seq.) to
ensure regular school attendance for children between six and seventeen years old. These attendance laws place the responsibility of regular attendance on the student and the parent.
If a student has the equivalent of four unexcused days of absences from school in any one month or 10 unexcused days of absences during a school year, the student is in violation of the Colorado School Attendance Law and BVSD Policy (JED, JED-R); therefore, the district may commence disciplinary and/or legal action.
Parental explanation of absences must be provided to the school within two school days following the student's return or the absence will remain unexcused.
Occasionally, bad weather forces the school district to cancel school for the day because of unsafe road conditions caused by snow, ice, or other weather-related problems. Immediately after the decision to cancel school has been made, announcements will be made on local radio and television stations as well as the BVSD home page.
The Health Room is staffed four hours per day by a paraprofessional trained in First Aid/CPR. We rely on volunteer help to keep the Health Room staffed at other times. An Emergency Response Team (First Aid/CPR trained staff) is available to handle severe injuries.
Each year, we conduct vision and hearing screenings and track all immunizations and physicals. If your child has a significant health issue, e.g., asthma or allergies, please inform us so that we can avoid any complications.
Kindergartners are not allowed to attend school until they have presented complete immunization information, or a parent has signed a plan of intent to complete the immunization, or parents have signed an exemption.
If your child has been ill, please give him or her adequate time to recuperate before returning to school. Rushing a child back only makes it difficult on your child and increases the chances of infecting other children. If your child is on antibiotics, please do not send him or her to school until he or she has been on medication a full 24 hours. State law requires that health room staff have an authorization form, signed by both parent and physician, to dispense any prescription or over-the-counter medication.
Permission forms are available on the Mesa web site. The form must be signed by a parent or legal guardian and returned to the teacher in order for a student to participate on a field trip. Teachers will notify parents about other specific needs such as volunteers, sack lunches, or fees.
Hot lunch is available daily. Check the BVSD web page for menus at: http://bvsd.org/food/pages/LunchMenu.aspx
Please visit the District Nutrition Services web site at http://bvsd.org/food/Pages/default.aspx for more information. If you have questions regarding your student's lunch account and/or balance, call the Mesa Kitchen at (720) 561-3063.
Call the Mesa Attendance Line at (720) 561-3002 before 8:10am if your child will be late to school and wants a hot lunch.
Students should assume they will be outdoors every day and dress for the weather conditions. Recess will be held inside only under the most extreme conditions. Even a brief outdoor recess is better than none at all.
Student Drop-off / Pick-up / Parking
To ensure student safety, students are to be dropped off or picked up in front of school on the west side of Lehigh. Parking is not allowed in these curbside spaces during drop-off, 8:10–8:45am, and pick-up, 2:40–3:15pm.
- Parents must stay with their vehicles when using curbside spaces during these times at the beginning and at the end of the school day.
- Please leave as soon as you determine your children are safely on school grounds or as soon as your children are in your car after school to leave space available for other parents to drop off or pick up their children.
- Between 8:45am and 2:40pm, and after 3:15pm, curbside spaces are available for parking.
The parking lot on the south side of the building is provided for faculty and staff and is available for short-term, drop-off parent parking only. The parking lot should not be used for picking up your child after school. Please use the designated curbside area in front of the building on Lehigh Street. If you need to pick up your children during the school day, please park in the parking lot and walk your students to your vehicle.
Dogs are not allowed in the building unless they are for Show & Tell or other special occasions. Dogs on the school grounds should be on a leash and supervised at all times by an adult.
Fourth and fifth grade students are permitted to ride their bicycles to school. Third grade students may ride bikes in May and June after Mesa’s bicycle safety program has been presented. Students should walk their bikes when on school property and lock them in the bike racks.
Class Parties and Birthdays
Each class schedules two parties during the school year: Halloween and Valentine’s Day. Room parents coordinate and plan these parties. Please do not use the classroom to distribute invitations for birthday parties unless every child in the class is invited.
Mesa is fortunate to have students who display appropriate conduct. Our school climate reflects our belief that all students can be responsible at school.A safe, friendly, nurturing, and positive environment supports our primary focus at school – the education of your children. As parents, you are your child’s first teacher and through example and direct teaching instill in children habits of acceptable behavior and positive attitude. We ask that you support and assist Mesa in individual concerns regarding behavior. We believe that self-concept is a prime consideration, that students have control over their behavior, and that students take responsibility for their own actions.
We expect students to:
o Show respect for others’ feelings, rights, time and property;
o Be responsible for their own behaviors;
o Work and play safely; and
o Use acceptable language.
Mesa teachers usually use Time Out for inappropriate classroom behavior. More serious infractions such as:
o Hurtful physical or verbal behavior
o Defiance of rightful authority
o Inappropriate language or gesture
o Destruction of school or personal property
o Continuous disruptive behavior
will result in an In-School Separation (ISS). Parents are notified of any ISS a student receives and are asked to sign and return ISS forms to teachers. A parent, principal, teacher, and student conference is required after the third ISS.
Students may be suspended and expulsion is mandatory for possession of weapons, first or second degree assault, sale of drugs or controlled substances, robbery, and habitual disruptive behavior. Please consult the BVSD Students’ and Parents’ Rights and Responsibilities booklet and the Mesa Mustang Code of Conduct. Copies of these booklets are available in the school office and on the Mesa web site.
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