Royle Elementary School
School Hours 8:25 a.m. – 2:55 p.m.
Students should not arrive before 8:10 a.m. There is no adult supervision on the playground before this time. Due to the school’s security system, entry to the school after 8:25 a.m. must be made through the front door.
EMERGENCY Early Dismissal Days
Emergency early dismissals may be due to inclement weather or any event requiring the early dismissal of students. The Superintendent may close school at either time.
Morning Emergency Dismissal: 11:00 a.m. (no lunch served)
Afternoon Emergency Dismissal: 1:00 p.m. (lunch will be served)
SCHEDULED early release days: 12:55 p.m. (lunch will be served) Early release days may include conference days, days before certain holidays, etc.
Students arriving late to school should report to the main office to obtain a tardy slip. Students who are late should enter the school through the front door.
Please notify the school every day your child will be absent. You may do so by calling “Kid Call” at 655- 0044, extension 4977. After classroom attendance has been taken and sent to the office, a check will be made against the absences phoned in to the school. In any case of absence where there has been no notification by the parent, contact will be made with the home to verify the absence.
Please provide your child’s teacher with a note requesting early dismissal. Parents are requested to pick their child up at the main office.
School Closings, Delayed Openings, and Early Dismissals
School closings and delayed openings due to snowstorms or other emergencies are announced on the following stations as early in the morning as possible, usually after 6 a.m.
WICC Bridgeport 600 AM
WEZN Bridgeport 100 FM
WGCH Greenwich 1490 FM
WNLK or WLYQ Norwalk 1350 AM or 96 FM
WSTC or WYRS Stamford 1400 AM or 96.7 FM
WABC New York 770 AM or 96.6 FM
CABLE NEWS 12 Cable TV Channel 12
WTNH TV Channel 8
Seven consecutive blasts of the local fire whistle at 7 a.m. will also indicate schools will be closed. In the event of a delayed opening, school will open one or more hours late, as indicated on the radio. Please keep listening as a delayed opening may change to one of closing. During a delayed opening, students should be at their bus stops one or more hours later depending upon the length of the delay. School will be dismissed at the regular time. PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE MAIN OFFICE FOR INCLEMENT WEATHER INFORMATION.
Extended vacations beyond the regular scheduled school vacations are strongly discouraged. Skill development is a day-to-day process. Interruptions to your child’s normal school calendar may be harmful to the learning process. It is difficult for teachers to prepare homework before, during and after an extended vacation. In order to discourage extended vacations, it has become a district wide practice for teachers not to be required to provide extra homework.
Bus routes are published in local newspapers about one week before school begins. With kindergarten students on dismissal buses this year, there likely will be extremely limited space for incidental riders. When there is a compelling reason, parents may request, in writing, that their child take a bus to an alternate destination (e.g., unexpected change in child care arrangements). This accommodation is limited to individuals or siblings. All requests are subject to approval by the school, and are contingent upon available space on the bus and acceptable bus behavior on the part of the student. An administrator must approve any long term changes in bus assignment.
Picking Up and Parking
PARKING, DROP-OFFS OR PICK-UPS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED at any time in the front bus loop. The front bus loop is reserved for buses only. Cars are not allowed in the bus loop. At arrival and dismissal times, parents are requested to drop off and pick up their children at the rear entrance parking lot at the designated area. Please use designated parking spaces if you must exit your vehicle; there is no parking in the drop-off/pick-up line. Please refer to the Royle Safety Bulletin sent home with children in the fall for drop-off and pick-up procedures. A copy is posted on the front entrance bulletin board and is available from the office.
Bicycle and Scooter Riders
As of October 1, 1993, Connecticut State Law requires ALL BICYCLE RIDERS UNDER THE AGE OF 14 TO WEAR HELMETS. Students are to park and LOCK their bicycles in racks located on the school grounds. Scooters must be folded and placed in classroom closets. Bicycles and scooters are to be walked between Royle Road and the bike rack. Only students in grades 3, 4, and 5 are permitted to ride their bicycles and scooters to school.
Riders should stay in single file on the right hand side of the road using hand signals and obeying traffic lights and road signs. On heavily traveled roads, riders use sidewalks, granting the right of way to pedestrians, except in downtown Darien where bicycles are not allowed on sidewalks. It is strongly urged that children not ride double on bicycles. Also, a child is not to borrow another bicycle or scooter without permission from the owner. It is recommended that all bicycles be registered with the Darien Police Department.
Visitors and Volunteers
Visitors are welcome in the school at any time. Entry to the school must be made through the front door only. All other doors are locked from the outside. Upon arrival all visitors must report to the school’s office, sign-in and fill out a visitor’s badge. Classroom visits are encouraged but must be scheduled in advance. Volunteers are welcome and encouraged. Parents work in the classroom assisting teachers, in the library, with computers, art projects and other activities. If you wish to volunteer, please contact your child’s teacher, room parents or the PTO Co-chairs.
School Lunch and Milk Program
Hot lunches are available to students at a cost of $2.65. Milk is available to those students who bring lunch at a cost of .55 cents. If paying by check, please make the check payable to Darien Schools Lunch Program or DSLP. Menus for the month are sent home with students and are available here.
Good grooming and appropriate attire are conducive to good health habits and good conduct. Parents are responsible for having their children properly dressed.
Each child needs a pair of sneakers for physical education and may not be allowed to participate in physical education activities without them. A smock or apron is suggested for primary age students during art activities.
During winter months, please make sure children are dressed warmly with appropriate footwear. Children will be going outdoors during recess, except in inclement weather. Every item should be labeled with your child’s name.
Lost and Found
Articles found in and around school should be turned in to the office. Articles labeled with students’ names will be returned to their owners. Unmarked items are placed in the Lost and Found chest. Parents and students should check the Lost and Found chest for lost items. Names on lunch boxes, boots, jackets, sweaters, hats and gloves are especially useful in identifying belongings. All unclaimed items will be donated to a charitable organization.
During the school year, students will take field trips in conjunction with the curriculum being studied at that time. Notification of individual trips will be sent home in advance of each trip. We depend on parent volunteers to help chaperone these trips. Room parents are responsible for organizing the chaperones. Since these trips are academic in nature and parents are needed for help in chaperoning and in the care of students, no additional children may be part of the trip.
Library Media Center
All students, faculty, staff and parents may borrow library materials. All children are held responsible for any material taken from the library. Lost materials must be paid for before the end of the school year.
The primary purpose of homework is to assist the student in strengthening and reinforcing skills, knowledge, understanding, and attitudes related directly to the curriculum followed in the classroom. Parents can help with homework assignments by providing a place to study, encouraging an effective routine for study, supervising home chores, fostering independent reading and providing resource material.
Homework in Grades K-3: Homework is assigned in grades K-3 when it seems desirable and purposeful for individuals or the group. Assignments should be such that most children will be able to complete the work in 30 minutes or less.
Homework in Grades 4 and 5: Homework is regularly assigned in these grades. The total amount of time spent (inclusive of all subjects) for the average student (excluding special projects) should not exceed 60 minutes per night.
If your child is having difficulty completing his or her homework within the allotted time frame, please contact your child’s teacher. There may be a number of reasons that are causing the problem.
Report Cards and Conferences
Report cards are issued in November, March and June. Parent-teacher conferences are held twice a year in December and March. In December, conferences are scheduled with parents of all students. In March, conferences are optional, with either the parent or teacher scheduling a conference if either feels it is necessary. Of course, we encourage any parent to telephone the school office to schedule an appointment with the principal or his or her child’s teacher at any time during the school year. Parents are requested not to drop-in for a teacher conference without prior scheduling, particularly before school when teachers are busy preparing for the school day.
Parent-teacher conference dates will be listed on the district school calendar and on the school website. On these days, students will be dismissed early at 12:55 p.m.
Class Composition/Criteria for Student Placement
Classes at each grade level are grouped heterogeneously. Each child is an individual, and the strengths and needs of each are considered in class placement. Input from all school personnel is gathered (i.e., the classroom teacher, principal, psychologist, resource teacher, speech teacher, librarian, physical education teacher, art teacher, music teachers, teacher para-educators, playground supervisors), all of whom contribute information toward each child’s placement. The non-prioritized following criteria is kept in mind while placing a child:
- Needs of a student as judged by present teachers.
- The child’s best learning style in a classroom environment.
- Equitable intellectual abilities within classrooms.
- Equitable numbers of students to each teacher.
- Avoidance of student personality conflicts.
- Equitable number of learning problems for each teacher.
- Equitable number of behavior problems as judged by present teacher.
- Placement that considers neighborhood situations.
- Equitable distribution of boys and girls.
If a parent feels that additional information relative to the placement of a child is necessary, information may be given to the current teacher by May 1st. The principal reserves the right for the final placement of any child within a classroom. If there are any questions concerning the placement of your child, please contact the principal.
The Darien Public School System is a K-12 coordinated system. The curricula are developed by teams of teachers and administrators under the auspices of the Board of Education. Parents are encouraged to attend Board of Education meetings when various curricula are presented for study and possible adoption. A curriculum overview for content areas of your child’s grade level will be presented by his or her teacher early in the school year. For a more detailed description of the curriculum for each grade level, please refer to the curriculum overviews available in each school library or here.
In the spring, students in Grades 3,4 and 5th are given the Connecticut Mastery Test, referred to as the CMT. The testing results are studied and analyzed for the strengths and weaknesses of each youngster and for program effectiveness. Thus, the testing is used as a diagnostic tool. When a child appears to need additional support, the parents are notified.
Special education services are available for students who have special academic, social or emotional needs. If you have any concerns about your child, please discuss them with your child’s teacher. If you wish to know more about special education services, A Guide to Special Education in Connecticut For Parents and Students is available at all Darien schools or at the Board of Education. Royle School houses three special education programs:
The Learning Center serves students who typically have a specific disability in one or two areas. Often these disabilities relate to reading, written language or math. However, some students have attentional or social needs. Services focus on identified weaknesses and may include the teaching of alternative learning approaches, skill building, compensation strategies, and pre and post teaching of the regular education curriculum. Delivery of services may occur either within the regular education setting or in the Learning Center rooms.
The PREP (Primary Readiness Education Program) is a district-wide program, available to all kindergarten and first grade students with Individual Education Plans (IEP’s) that specify this requirement. These students require a smaller teacher to pupil ratio and often more therapies than students who receive services from the Learning Center. The students in the PREP program are assigned to a grade level regular education class and spend as much time as appropriate in this class. However, some instruction and therapies are delivered in the PREP classroom. The PREP teachers and therapists plan and coordinate closely with the kindergarten and first grade teachers to ensure an integrated approach.
The Speech Language Program provides services for the kindergarten through fifth grade population. Students who qualify through the Planning and Placement Team (PPT) as having speech language needs may meet in a small group setting in the speech room. Additionally, the speech pathologist may deliver instruction in a co-taught manner in the classroom, working with the regular education teacher. While some students may receive speech therapy as their only service, they are eligible for all programs determined by the PPT to support their academic needs.
For the parents of children in these three programs, Royle School has established a Special Education Parents’ Network. It meets regularly at school to discuss various issues and hear from guest speakers on specific topics. Meeting times and details are posted on the Royle Message Board e-mail bulletin and flyers are also sent home in children’s backpacks.
The IDEA program is specialized formal instruction for intellectually gifted students. The program is designed to foster intellectual curiosity and independent thinking. Students are referred as possible candidates for the IDEA program by their teachers and/or parents. Students are then evaluated for possible placement in the program.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (the federal law known as the “Buckley Amendment”) grants parents the right to inspect their child’s school records, and to request correction of any information in the records which is inaccurate, misleading or a violation of the child’s right to privacy or other right. The law also requires the confidentiality of school records.
Health and Safety
All children in the public schools are required by Connecticut law to have three physical exams by a legally qualified medical practitioner. In compliance with this law, the Darien Public School System requires that students have a physical examination in the following grades: pre-kindergarten, sixth and tenth. All students new to the Darien School System must have a physical exam form submitted to your child’s school prior to the start of school. If for any reason you are unable to adhere to this deadline, please contact the school nurse.
Emergency cards are filled out by parents each fall listing physicians, relatives or friends and their phone numbers in case you are not at home when an emergency occurs. Please keep us up-to-date on this information. In case of a serious accident, and when the family physician is not available, the school nurse assumes the responsibility for taking any necessary steps to handle the situation. A parent consent form to facilitate this emergency is included on the back of the emergency card. Parents must notify the school of any change of phone number or address.
In the event a child becomes ill or is injured during the school day, the school nurse will make every attempt to contact the parent before releasing the child to the friend, relative or neighbor listed on the emergency card.
IN NO INSTANCE WILL A CHILD BE ALLOWED TO LEAVE THE SCHOOL BUILDING BEFORE PARENTAL CONSENT HAS BEEN OBTAINED, EITHER BY TELEPHONE OR BY SIGNED AUTHORIZATION ON THE EMERGENCY CARD RELEASING THE CHILD TO A DESIGNATED FRIEND, NEIGHBOR OR RELATIVE.
If there is any doubt about releasing the child, the child will be retained in the health room until the parent can be contacted or the child will be sent home at the close of the school day.
Medications should not be given during the school day unless absolutely necessary. If your physician orders oral medication to be administered during school hours the following procedure must be followed to comply with Connecticut State Law:
1. An authorization form must be completed by the physician specifying information about the drug and plan of administration. This form is available from the school nurse and must be signed by the parent as well.
2. A parent/guardian is responsible for delivering medication to be administered to the school nurse in the original pharmacy prepared container, labeled with the name and strength of medication, name of patient, his/her physician, the date of original prescription and directions. No more than a 45 day supply may be stored.
3. Under no circumstances is child to be sent to school carrying medication. If you have any questions, contact your school principal or nurse.
4. Medications will only be administered in school by the nurse following procedure. Exceptions are not permitted.
Please report to the school any cases of communicable diseases, including strep throat, chicken pox, scarlet fever, impetigo, conjunctivitis and head lice, as soon as diagnosis is complete. Notice of exposure to these diseases is sent to parents when the first case appears in each classroom.
Below is a list of the most common contagious diseases with exclusion information:
Disease Incubation Days Excluded from School
Chicken Pox 14 to 21 days 5 days after eruption first appears Mumps 12 to 26 days 9 days from onset, less if swelling subsides
Measles 8 to 13 days 4 days after first day rash appears German Measles 14 to 21 days 4 days after onset of rash
Scarlet Fever 1 to 3 days 24 hours after first dose of medication
In the first months of school, all children (unless exempted for religious reasons) will participate in state mandated screenings; vision, hearing, height/weight, lice, scoliosis (5th grade).
The vision screening specifically and exclusively measures distant visual acuity. If you note that your child seems to be having difficulty reading print, if he/she squints, holds material too close or has even a momentary misalignment of the eyes, you may need to explore your observations with your pediatrician. Again, do not hesitate to call the school nurse with any of your concerns.
Physical Education Exclusion
If your child will not be attending physical education classes on one or two days, a note from the parent or guardian will be sufficient. However, the state requires a physician’s note for any long-term physical education exclusions following a serious illness or injury. These forms are available in the nurse’s office.
Since head lice is a common childhood condition, there are likely to be some cases noted during the school year. Head lice is easily transmitted via shared objects (combs, hats, etc.) It is a condition which is not associated with poor hygiene. Nonetheless, the presence of lice can be unsettling. Therefore, please be assured that it will be handled with discretion and sensitivity. All children will be screened within the first weeks of school. If an infestation is noted, you will be notified immediately and the child will be excluded from school. Following treatment with a specific shampoo and the removal of nits (egg cases), the child will be readmitted (usually within a day). The entire class will be screened and monitored during the following month. Most shampoos claim to be 100% effective, but we have found that this is very often not the case. Removing all the nits is the singularly most effective way to avoid the recurrent infestation as residual nits may contain viable lice.
Homework for Sick Students
Generally speaking, no homework is given to students unless they are out of school for three or more days. If a student is ill, it is more important that he or she get better, rather than do homework for the first two or three days. If a request for homework is needed, please call the school before 9:30 a.m. so that teachers will have time to have it ready for you to pick up at the main office between 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. that afternoon. As an alternative, you may request that another student be asked to deliver the homework.
School Accident Insurance
Accident insurance may be purchased for students. Information regarding this protection is provided to each child the first week of school. The school insurance is offered as a convenience to parents and there is no obligation to purchase it. Claims should be presented within 30 days. Claim forms are available in the nurse’s office.
Safety Measures in Darien Public Schools
An overview of safety measures for the elementary schools is listed below:
- Fire Drills - at least eight per year.
- Fire Extinguishers - determined by fire codes, regularly checked.
- Regular Fire Marshal checks in all buildings.
- Buildings checked daily, inside and outside, by head custodians.
- Approved measures enforced for storage of materials in science rooms, health offices and kitchens.
- Athletic and playground equipment regularly checked for safety.
- Regular Health Department inspections, particularly in food preparation areas. - Bus evacuation drills practiced each year.
- Student emergency telephone cards for each student with additional phone numbers of friends or neighbors when parents cannot be reached in an emergency.
- Daily absentees accounted for by parent contacting schools, or schools contacting parent.
- Telephone chain for contacting parents in case of total school emergencies.
- Supervision at all times on playgrounds during recess, during lunchtime, for 15 minutes before school begins and for morning and afternoon buses.