School Policies

ATTENDANCE & PUNCTUALITY
All students are expected to consistently arrive at school no later than 8:30 AM.
After 8:40 AM, students are considered late. All late students will need to obtain a late pass from the main office and are marked late on the attendance record. Students who are late miss the most important part of the lesson--the purpose and the way to use the skill. It is urgently advised that children arrive at school no later than 8:30 AM. Please remember that report card grades and promotion to the next grade is significantly influenced by attendance and punctuality. In most cases, attendance is worth 15% of the grade.

Attendance is an extremely important component of a student's academic excellence. Children should be absent only when they are ill or on a rare emergency. When a child returns to school after an absence, a parent note is required. If it is for medical reasons, (3 or more days), then the note needs to be from a doctor. If possible, please try to have doctors' appointments scheduled after school or in the afternoons. Communicable diseases such as measles, chicken pox, conjunctivitis (pink eye), pediculosis (head lice), ringworm, etc. must be reported to the school office. Please note that children who are absent or leave school early due to an illness are not permitted to return to school to participate in after school activities or events. 

HEALTH & SAFETY
P.S. 172 has a nurse from Lutheran Medical Center who can write prescriptions. Parents whose children become ill at school will be contacted to pick up the child. It is important that parents and guardians supply the school with their telephone number and alternate phone numbers where someone can be reached in their absence.

Illness: Please do not send a sick child to school. Parents are asked to wait until the child is 24 hours fever-free (without the use of fever-reducing medication) before sending the child back to school. If a child needs medication during school hours, a parent or guardian must come to school to discuss the matter with the Principal or the Guidance Counselor. The school checks each student's weight, height, vision, and hearing. A nurse practitioner and an assistant, both from Lutheran Medical Center, provide yearly examinations, immunizations, dental, and emergency first aid. This service is available five days a week during school hours for all children whose parents give consent.

PERSONAL PROPERTY
All backpacks and outerwear must be labeled with your child's name. The school is not responsible for lost or misplaced items. The Lost and Found is located in the closet that is to the right of the main office.

SCHOOL SAFETY & SECURITY
All visitors & volunteers to the school must sign in and show photo identification at the security desk in the lobby to receive their visitor's pass. It is essential for the safety of the children that we follow this protocol.

SCHOOL TRIPS
During the year classes enjoy field trips. Permission slips will be sent home in backpacks, and children must have written permission to attend. Children are asked to wear their 'blue P.S. 172 tees' which are for sale by Ms. Parlato and Ms. Todras.