Q: Why does the bell ring at 8:10 AM?
A: We ask parents to aim for a 7:40 drop off time so their child can have FREE breakfast and talk to their friends. Instruction at Greer Elementary starts at 8:15 AM. When the bell rings at 8:10 AM, students should line up or walk to their classrooms (after class has received permission from their teacher). This five minute warning bell ensures that students are in their seats at 8:15 AM, ready to learn. Students not in their seats at 8:15 AM are considered late.
Q: What time is breakfast?
A: Breakfast begins at 7:40 AM and is free for all Greer students. Some parents will be asked to complete a form as part of the Community Eligibility Program requirements.
Q: How do I know if my child is too sick for school?
A: Great question! Students should only miss school if they are running a fever of 100 degrees or more, is throwing up or has diarrhea. Once your child is fever free for 24 hours, they can return to school. Having a cold, slight cough or stuffy nose is not a reason to miss school. Please schedule doctors and dentists appointment for the afternoon or after school whenever possible.
Q: What time may I drop off and pick up my child?
A: Breakfast is FREE for all students and cafeteria doors open at 7:40 a.m.There is no adult supervision before 7:40 a.m. Students are late if they arrive at 8:15 or later. Learning starts right away at Greer, so being on time is important, but we understand that sometimes kids come to school late. We would always rather a child come to school late than not at all.
Kindergarten students get picked up at 12:15 PM and 1st through 5th grade students at 2:40. Parents should pick up their children within 10 minutes of the end of the school day.
Q: How many absences are typical for a student?
A: 5 absences for doctor's appointments, illness or family emergencies is typical. Students are Chronically Absent if they miss 10% or more of the school year for any reason (excused and unexcused absences). Most students do not read on grade level if they are Chronically Absent.
Making sure your child is in school every day on time is critical to their growth. Also, staying in the same school for at least the full year is so important. Before changing your child's school during the school year, call us and we will work with you to see if there is a way for your child to stay with us through the end of the year.
Q: I need to talk to my child's teacher. How do I do that?
A: Communication between parents and their children's teacher is critical to the child's academic and social growth. You can touch bases with a teacher at the end of the day, but if you want to have a longer conversation, you should schedule an appointment with them. Email is often the best way to get that scheduled. You can also leave a message with our school office (916) 971-7157.
Q: Our family is facing some challenges right now and it's affecting my child. What can I do?
A: Greer is a welcoming and caring environment and we have many support staff here to help. Please call or come into the school office and ask to speak to our counselor or an administrator. We will meet with you and offer connections to school site and district resources for your child.