Pomona Elementary

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Monday - Thursday
8:55 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Friday - Early Release Day
8:55 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

 

drop off pick up

Parking Lot/ Bus Loop Etiquette

MORNING DROP OFF
 Pull all the way forward in the drop off zone. Have your child exit the vehicle quickly. (This is a “Hug and Go” lane)
 Do not use the center lane for dropping off your child - the center lane is for exiting the parking lot only
 Once your child has exited the vehicle please continue on and exit the parking lot
 If your child needs your assistance with getting out of the car please find a parking spot

AFTERNOON PICK UP
 Park your vehicle in a parking space and walk to the sidewalk to meet your child
ALL CHILDREN SHOULD BE PICKED UP AT 4:00 P.M. MONDAY-THURSDAY OR 2:00 P.M. ON FRIDAY. IF YOU CANNOT BE HERE TO PICK UP YOUR CHILD AT THESE TIMES, WE CAN ASSIST YOU WITH SETTING UP AFTER SCHOOL CARE THROUGH THE EXTENDED HOURS PROGRAM.

Parking Etiquette
We are so fortunate to have an additional parking lot and we want to make sure everyone is safe while using it. Here are suggestions that will help:

* Stay calm, slow down
* Park in the parking spaces and walk to the sidewalk to meet your child instead of motioning for them to walk through traffic to meet you
* Leave the Handicap Parking spaces for those who are handicapped
* Park your car and check in at the office if you cannot locate your child. We have students wait inside the office when our staff goes off duty.

All students MUST be picked up by 4:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday or 2:00 p.m. on Fridays.  Thank you for your assistance with safety!


BUS LOOP
 The bus loop is for BUSES ONLY 7:30am - 4:30pm 

STUDENTS ARE NOT TO BE DROPPED OFF IN THE BUS LOOP.


PLEASE RESERVE HANDICAP PARKING FOR THOSE WHO ARE HANDICAPPED

GJPD has requested that license numbers be taken and forwarded to the Grand Junction Police Department for appropriate action (this may include ticketing at their discretion).  Thank you for your cooperation and assistance with the safety of our students.

 

BUS INFORMATION School Bus

Bus transportation is provided to children in the Pomona attendance area who live more than two miles from school. Where students are ineligible for school district transportation, the parent may contract privately with Student Transportation of America (STA) if it will not cause deviation from the existing routes. Information on specific bus number, bus stop and stop time for individual students is available at by contacting STA at 697-1050
OR you can click on the following link to the Bus Stop LookUp.

It is our hope that you stress to your child the importance of proper conduct at the bus stop and on the bus.  We want to be sure that every Pomona student has a safe and happy ride to and from school.

bikers and walkers

If your student is riding his or her bike to and from school, we ask that they walk their bikes on school grounds.  This ensures student safety for walkers and bike riders. All bicycles must be parked in the designated bicycle racks on the north side of the main building. We strongly encourage the locking of all bikes and the wearing of bicycle helmets. All bike riders are expected to follow traffic rules.

Staff members have been assigned crosswalk duty to assist children in getting across Patterson Road and 25 1/2 Road. There will be a crossing guard available before and after school on 25 1/2 Road and Patterson Road. Please take time to help your child learn how to cross a busy street safely.

attendance policy

Except in the case of illness or emergency, children must be at school every day. Parents are strongly urged to avoid taking children out of school for activities that could be scheduled outside of the school day. If your son and/or daughter must leave prior to the end of the school day, he or she must check out through the school office and check back in through the school office when returning to school.

Tardiness and Absences

Research has shown us that the first fifteen minutes of the day are crucial for children's learning in school, and that it is educationally detrimental to students who are absent at the start of each day and miss hearing instructions and participating in the beginning of lessons. In addition to loosing valuable educational preparation time, it is also distracting to the rest of the class when a student enters the room after the class has started and the teacher has to stop instruction to bring the late arriving student up to speed with the rest of the class. We at Pomona ask that you as a parent make it a priority to get your children to school on time, so their day starts on a positive note.

Each time a student is going to be late or absent from school, we ask that you personally call the school office at (970) 254-4990 before 9:00 a.m. the day of. If a student is absent for 3 or more days due to illness, then a written note from the child's physician is requested.

If a child arrives at school after the second bell (8:55 a.m.) then he or she is considered tardy. The parent or guardian should accompany the student to the school office to sign their child in and the student will be given a tardy slip. The tardy slip should be given to the classroom teacher. The ensures that the student is not marked absent for the day.

*Please notify the school office and your child's teacher if you know in advance
of any prolonged absence such as illness or vacation.  The office has a pre-approved absence form that you will need to fill out.

*Under no circumstances shall a student be released to an adult who does not first
appear in the office to sign the student out.

emergency schedule

Inclement weather or other factors may result in closing schools, delayed opening, or early dismissal. School closing will be announced through news stations, the district web site and social media. Close contact is maintained with the district transportation office, bus company, highway department, weather bureau, and news media. Closing decisions are made as early as possible. On a questionable day, please check the district web site HERE.  To sign up for text notifications follow the directions found on the District Alerts page.  If there is a change of address or phone number, inform the school promptly.

school  health assistant

The Pomona Health Assistant is a professional who works with other school personnel to ensure the academic success of students by promoting good health and wellness. Some of the duties of the Health Assistant include:

  • Performing state-mandated screenings of vision and hearing
  • Ensuring compliance with required immunizations for all students
  • Administering and monitoring student medication
  • Maintaining student health records

Students are not treated in the health clinic for old wounds including lacerations, splinters, etc. These should be handled at home. In addition, the school Health Assistant does not diagnose or prescribe any treatment, this is the responsibility of the family physician.

If a child becomes ill or injured at school, he/she will be cared for, and the parent will be notified. Simple first-aid will be administered, but no medication will be given unless the medication and written permission is on file with the office. The responsibility for further care rests with the parents or family physician. When a student becomes ill at school, the parents or guardians are notified and expected to come for the child immediately. Please keep your contact information updated.

There are times when a student should remain at home for his or her own welfare and for the protection of other students. Illnesses that may require you to keep your child at home are listed below:

  • A severe cold
  • Tonsillitis, sore throat, or swollen neck
  • Swollen glands accompanied by a fever
  • An diagnosed rash or skin eruptions
  • Any communicable disease, for example, chicken pox, strep throat, pink eye, etc.
  • Fever over 100 degrees during the past 24 hours
  • Vomiting or diarrhea within the past 24 hours
  • Head lice or scabies  (until treated with an appropriate medication for 24 hours)

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medication

Since medical treatment is the responsibility of the parent and the family doctor, medications are rarely given at school. In most instances, the parent is urged, with help from the family physician, to work out a schedule for giving medication outside of school hours. The only exceptions involve special or serious problems where it is deemed absolutely necessary to give medication at school. Medicine will be given only when the child's parent or physician has filled out a "REQUEST FOR MEDICATION TO BE GIVEN AT SCHOOL" form and signed by
both. This form is available in the school office or your child's doctor's office. The medication must be in a properly labeled container. All medicine will be kept locked in the health assistant's area.

communication

One of our most effective ways of letting you know what is happening is through a written note home. Please reinforce with your child the importance of being the "messenger". Thursday is designated as Pomona's Take Home Day for school wide issues, programs and communications.

Classroom newsletters will be periodically sent home to help keep you updated on what your child is doing in class. Watch for the "Thursday Folder".

A student may use office telephones in an emergency only. Phone calls will not be permitted for such uses as; forgotten homework, sneakers, to ride another bus home, etc.

Students are discouraged from distributing party invitations at school. We encourage parents and students to handle the distribution of party invitations through the mail.

report cards conferences

Students receive report cards at the conclusion of every nine week period. These report cards will be sent home with the students. The Final report card is mailed to your home on the last working day of that the Pomona office is open. You can also view your child's report card and info at Parent VUE. Parent Teacher Conferences will be held at the end of the first nine week period and in the spring before the end of school. Spring Conferences may include meeting with teachers and or students individually or in an open house setting. Additionally we hold two winter night conferences for students that may be needing more academic interventions. These conferences are by invitation only.

visitors

Parents are encouraged to visit the school and/or their child's classroom. We ask that all visitors check in and out at the office when visiting the school, and wear a visitor tag. Please be sensitive to the learning environment when visiting. We value your involvement. By volunteering you are showing your child that you value education and you support our school. 

 

dress code

Students should come to school dressed in a way the dignifies out school and the work that goes on at Pomona. Shirts, blouses, and tanks tops must provide coverage of shoulders or have a minimum shoulder of at least 3 inches. Shirts must be long enough to cover the midriff and meet the tops of pants or shorts. Clothing with spaghetti straps should not be worn at school. Clothing that advertises alcohol, tobacco, drugs, etc. are inappropriate for the school setting. Shorts may be worn, but must be at least fingertip in length.

Appropriate footwear is important to your child's safety at school, and be appropriate for recess and physical education. The wearing of open-toed shoes and sandals creates a greater possibility of injury. Students are required to wear sneakers on days they have physical education.  

In inclement weather, please send your child to school in appropriate clothing. Coats and gloves, as well as proper footwear are important to keeping your child comfortable while outside on the playground.

lost and found

To avoid potential loss of articles, mark names clearly and permanently on your child's belongings. A lost and found box is maintained at school and is located next to the cafeteria. Lost articles will be placed in this box and we encourage parents and children to check this box periodically. at the end of each semester, the unclaimed lost articles will be given to a local charitable organization.

playground

Students are under the supervision of a teacher and/or aide while on the playground. Students should play only in areas that can be seen by the supervising staff member. Supervision of students on the playground begins at 8:30 am and ends at 4:00 pm (2:00 pm on Fridays).

persona equpmentl

Children are allowed to bring their own playground equipment, with the exception of hard bats and balls, to play with on the playground. No electronic devises including CD players, Game systems, IPODS, etc. will be allowed at school. All items brought from home must be clearly marked with the child's name. The school cannot be responsible for items lost or stolen. Safety is our main concern and we reserve the right to exclude any items we deem unsafe or inappropriate.

cafeteria

Parents are welcome to eat lunch or breakfast with their child. Please sign in at the office before you join them. The cost for school meals are as follows:

  • Student Breakfast $1.85
  • Adult Breakfast $2.25
  • Student Lunch $3.00
  • Adult Lunch $4.15
  • Additional Milk or Juice $0.80

Breakfast will be served from 8:30 a.m. to 8:50 a.m. daily. To view breakfast and
lunch menus, please visit the District web site HERE.

Meals can be paid for daily in the kitchen between 8:30 - 8 :50 a.m.  Please make checks payable to "Pomona Elementary School". You can also make payments online
at My Payments Plus, or you can pay by phone at 1-866-393-4498.

Reduced student breakfasts and lunch's are available to those who qualify.

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