School begins every day at 8:15 a.m. (8:30 a.m. for Early Childhood). We are mandated by the state to record attendance daily. Each teacher takes attendance every day before 9:00 a.m. and reports it to the office. Teachers are concerned when a child does not arrive without explanation. Knowing the status of all students attendance at the beginning of the day allows the teacher to plan accordingly. For absence or tardiness please follow the procedures below.
If your child is ill or unable to attend school for any reason, please call the office by 8:15 a.m. and leave a message to this effect including the reason for the absence.
If your child is going to be late by 15 minutes or more, you must telephone the school office. If your child is tardy, please sign in at the office upon arrival and see that he/she takes a purple late pass. The child presents the pass to the teacher who returns the pass to the office later in the day. This procedure ensures that the school has an accurate account of the students’ attendance
Cedarwood’s curriculum is broad and consequently each teacher’s lesson plans are tightly woven. Tardiness or absences ranging beyond a couple of days can disrupt the rhythm of learning and adversely affect your child’s success. It may not be possible to make up lost work. Please support your child’s success by encouraging consistent attendance and familiarizing yourself with Cedarwood’s attendance policy:
- Absences must be communicated through the front office.
- Teachers should not be expected to provide make-up work.
- Absences exceeding 10 days per year or four days in a four-week period will be considered irregular attendance.
- Tardiness exceeding 15 days per year or eight days in a four-week period will be considered excessive.
- Irregular attendance or excessive tardiness may result in:
- Meeting with the teacher
- Meeting with the teacher and pedagogical team
- Implementing a personal education plan
Punctuality and Consistent Attendance
Regular attendance and punctuality have proven to aid children in their academic performance, development of self-respect and their social well-being. Beginning the day on time and as a group is important for the children as well as the teacher. Late arrivals are disruptive to the class. The tardiness of any student can affect the rhythm of the whole class. Moreover, the child who arrives in the midst of an activity or lesson may feel embarrassed or confused. We ask parents to arrange time in the morning to ensure your child arrives at school at least five minutes early in order to calmly prepare for the day and to settle into the mood of the class. Please be punctual in bringing your child to school as well as picking your child up at the end of the day.
Rhythm of the Day
The day begins with a handshake line, during which the class teacher greets each child with a handshake. The allows for a “check-in” between teacher and child, establishing a moment of eye contact, physical touch and an acknowledgment of the day to come. The handshake is also repeated at the end of the day, creating closure. This ritual creates rhythm and security for the student, in addition to allowing a moment of assessment for the teacher. Punctuality is important in order to include this part of your child’s day.
Classroom work is supported by the ritual of reciting verses written by Rudolf Steiner specifically for the Waldorf classroom, beginning with a Morning Verse. This serves to center students and prepare them for the day’s work. There are different verses for Kindergarten, lower grades and upper grades.
Picking Up Your Child
The school day ends Monday through Wednesday and on Fridays at 3:15 p.m. On Thursday the school day ends at 12:45 p.m.
Teachers of grades 1 – 4 will dismiss children directly to their designated adult while students in grades 5 - 8 will be dismissed from their classroom independently. Parents of 5-8 graders should set a meeting spot with their child and plan on meeting them there every day. Please check with the office to confirm that a meeting spot will not be in a part of the building used for weekly events.
If you are going to be more than five minutes late, please call the school so your child and teacher are aware of the situation. If you are more than 15 minutes late the classroom teacher will walk your child to Aftercare and you will be billed at the end of the month for the time spent there. This applies to children in Kindergarten as well as older children.
Pick-up for Early Dismissal
Please arrange early pickups with your child's teacher. The best times to pick up are between classes. Your child's teacher can help to determine these times.
If an unforeseen emergency arises and a child is not picked up, they will be instructed to go to the office where they can call home or a listed emergency number. It is important to have an alternative person listed on the emergency information form. Note: Children who participate in the open format drop off and dismissal program have received information on emergency procedures prior to entry into the program.