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    Bell Schedule

    7:35am - Playground supervision begins
    7:50am - Warning bell
    7:55am - Class starts (second bell)
    2:00pm - Kindergarten dismissal
    2:05pm - 1st-5th grade dismissal
    3:00pm - School Office Closes

    Biking to School

    If biking to school, bike racks can be found in the upper playground and on the east side of the school in between the historical school entrance and the playground. You'll see the racks down the stairs, in front of the entrance to the Latona School Associates (LSA).

    Bus Transportation

    The first days of riding the school bus can be very exciting for young students and their parents. Our drivers are committed to ensuring that children arrive at their destinations safely, and they spend the first few weeks of school getting to know the names and faces of students on their bus. But we need your help in ensuring that your children become familiar with the bus they are supposed to ride and which bus stop they are supposed to use. More hints to help you and your student adjust to riding the school bus in the afternoon. Remember your child's transportation has been established using the Home or Alternate/Daycare address on record. To request service from a different address, this form must be completed every year.

    Drop Off

    Both the upper playground (for kindergarteners and 1st graders) and the lower playground (for the 2nd-5th graders) are supervised starting at 7:35 am. Children can be dropped off after this time. Teachers come out to the playground to greet the students and take them into the classrooms. Parents are asked to say their goodbyes outside and not come into the school. Yes, sorry, even on the first day! This helps everyone get used to the daily routine right from the get-go! The exception to this would be if it is considered a "rainy day".

    Late Policy and Absences

    If your student is going to be late or absent please attendance line at (206) 252-6082 or email to let us know. If it's the night before, you can leave a message. If your child arrives after 7:55am they must sign in at the office and take an admittance slip to class. Doing homework, traffic, oversleeping are not excused. At the end of the day, we cannot supervise students still inside school or on the grounds after 3pm. The office closes at 3pm.

    Lost and Found

    Lost and found items are kept on hooks on the north wall of the cafeteria near the gym doors. Periodically throughout the school year (every 1-2 months) unclaimed items are donated to charity. Notification is sent out to parents prior to making the donation. Items with names on them are kept on the hooks.

    Items of value are held in the office.

    Medication(s) at School

    State or federal law requires that a Medication Authorization Form must be completed and signed by both parent/guardian and a licensed health care provider with prescriptive authority for ALL medications to be given at school, including over-the-counter (OTC) medications. This form needs to be renewed at the beginning of each school year. Students are not allowed to carry any medications whatsoever, including over-the-counter meds such as Tylenol, ibuprofen, allergy medication, cough drops. If they ever need to take medications during the school day the medicine must come to school in the prescription container with their name and dose instructions. Medications should be brought directly to the office and/or school nurse.

    Parking Near the School

    Please be advised that Seattle Parking Enforcement Officers are diligently policing the area and issuing citations for parking infractions. Parking around JSIS is always difficult and if you park in the wrong area you'll find a nice ticket on your windshield. If you do need to drive to school please give yourself some extra time to find an appropriate parking spot to avoid getting a ticket. Consider parking several blocks away and walk the remainder of the way.

    Common parking mistakes:
    • Parking on a hill without turning your wheels to the curb.
    • Parking in the bus lanes.
    • Parking against traffic. Always park your car in the same direction as the other cars on the block.
    • Permit Parking Zones--illegal to park in Residential Parking Zone without permit
    • Crosswalks--illegal and impoundable whether marked or not
    • It is also illegal to park within 20 feet of a crosswalk
    • Sidewalks--illegal and impoundable to park on or across (paved or unpaved)
    • Driveways--illegal and impoundable (if driveway is usable). It is also illegal to park within 5 feet
    • Planting Strips--illegal (impoundable if a traffic hazard)
    • Fire hydrants--illegal to park in front of fire hydrants or in fire lane.
    • Load zones--illegal to park in Drop off/pickup zones except for specified times. Do not leave vehicle unattended.
    Please reference this traffic plan and map for the suggested traffic flow and drop off/parking areas.

    After-School Plan(s)

    Ensure that your child and his/her afternoon teacher both know the daily after school plan. This is communicated at the beginning of the school year using you receive at kindergarten orientation or you can download a copy HERE. Find your child's teacher's email on the Staff Page. If your child is going home after school with a different family please call the office the day before to update us with the parent/guardian's name and the name of the friend. If your child is taking a different bus than usual, a written note must be brought to the office so that a Green Card can be drawn up for the bus driver, designating with whom they are let off the bus. See more bus information under Helpful Links, column to the right, this page.

    Same day changes must be CALLED into the office by noon and you will be required send an email because we require written notification for all change of plans.

    Children attending the after school program at LSA, line up in the gym and are taken to the LSA classrooms.

    Rainy Day Schedule

    If administration declares it a "rainy day", morning student drop-offs should be in the following locations:







    2nd-3rd Classroom Gym




    During Lunch:
    • After students eat lunch, lunchroom and recess monitors will escort each grade to their classrooms during their scheduled recess time.
    • Recess monitors remain in the grade band hallway.
    • Lunch monitors return to lunroom to complete duty.

    During AM/PM Recess:
    • Students remain in classrooms.
    • Teaching teams assist one another with break needs, such as restroom or snacks.


    Visit the Seattle Public Schools Truancy Department web page to read the Compulsory Attendance Letter and for more information on excused and unexcused absences.

    Excused Absences - Unplanned:
    When your child's personal illness or injury, or the illness, injury or death of a family member, prevents your child from attending school, and you notify the school within 48 hours of the absence. Some schools require that you notify them in writing about your child's absence The school may require a note from your child's doctor if your child is absent due to illness or injury for an excessive number of days (10 or more in the quarter) before excusing those absences.

    Excused Absence - Planned:
    Please let the attendance office know at least three school days before the start of the planned absence, usually for a doctor or dentist appointment, religious holiday, an educational activity, or other special one-time event of a day or two. The school may require your child to complete missed assignments and/or make other academic arrangements in lieu of missed work. Family vacations of any duration may not be considered excused absences. The school principal has the final say on whether your planned absence will be excused.

    Absences due to disciplinary actions such as suspensions of your child are excused on District attendance records.

    Unexcused Absences:
    All other absences are considered unexcused, including absences caused by the student or parent oversleeping, student missing the bus, transportation problems, student needed for babysitting, not attending while on a wait list for another school assignment, student or parent conflicts with school staff, student job requirements, religious instruction, etc.


    As a parent/guardian of a pre-kindergarten student, an elementary student, or a middle school student you have the right to choose between 2 options on whether directory information concerning your student is released or not. More information about the Seattle Public Schools (SPS) Notification of Rights Under the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and Opt-Out Form.

    Use of the Seattle Public Schools (SPS) Internet Service

    SPS makes available to students access to computers and the Internet. Through the Internet students may have access to databases, web sites, and sometimes email. Students might also publish online. Students are expected to use computers and the Internet responsibly and for school related purposes only. More information about the SPS Network Rules and Agreement Form.

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