BRIDGEPORT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
900 Bush Street
Bridgeport, PA 19405
ARRIVAL AT SCHOOL: Walkers should arrive at school between 8:40 and 8:50 a.m., at which time they will be admitted to the school building and will proceed directly to their classrooms. The doors will open at 8:40. All students must be in their classrooms by 8:50 a.m., which is the start of the school day.
Car Riders: In the morning, cars should enter the teachers’ parking lot. For your convenience, these doors will open at 8:30. A staff member will open these doors and admit students. Students who arrive between 8:30 and 8:40 will be asked to remain in the hall with a staff member until the first bell at 8:40. Students receiving breakfast will do so between 8:40 and 8:50 AM. They should be dropped off at the cafeteria doors. Then all students will proceed to their classrooms. Please do not drop students off in front of the building in the bus lanes.
TARDY: If your child arrives at school after 8:50 a.m., he/she is considered tardy. If this occurs, please park your car in the teachers’ parking lot and walk your child to the office. An excuse note will be issued to your child before proceeding to his/her classroom. Parents will be contacted by the principal should their child be tardy for school more than five times during the course of the school year.
EXCUSE NOTES: An excuse note must be brought to school upon your child’s return from an absence, stating the date(s) absent, the reason for the absence, and signed by the parent. If you have a doctor’s note, please attach an excuse note to it, indicating the day(s) absent and your signature.
PLEASE NOTE: In compliance with Pennsylvania Compulsory Attendance Laws, absences will be classified as unlawful unless the school office receives a written, satisfactory explanation for the absence from the student’s parent, guardian or physician within three (3) days of the student’s return to class.
Please contact the school by phone if your child will be absent (610-205-3600). Office hours are between 8:00 A.M. and 4:00 P.M. If you have a bus concern after 4:00 P.M. and you cannot reach anyone at the office, please contact the bus garage at 610-205-6482.
ADMINISTRATION OF MEDICATIONS: Parents are encouraged to arrange medication schedules so all medications are given at home whenever possible. When it becomes necessary to administer any medications during school hours, these regulations apply:
1. A signed physician’s note must be presented for any prescription or over-the-counter medication (includes Tylenol, Benadryl, cough syrup, etc.) to be taken during school hours.
2. A signed parental/guardian permission note for the prescribed or over-the-counter medication must be given to the school nurse.
3. The medication must be provided in the original pharmacy container with the original label intact.
4. A parent, guardian, or other responsible adult must deliver the medication to school.
These regulations also apply to any medications for emergencies such as allergies or bee sting reactions. Emergency medications must be provided by the parent/guardian.
EARLY DISMISSAL: If you will be picking up your child early for a doctor’s appointment, dentist’s appointment, etc., please send a note to your child’s teacher that morning stating the time you will be picking up your child and the reason. Please indicate in the note if someone other than a parent will pick up your child. When it is time to pick up your child, come into the office and sign your child out. You or your designee will be expected to present appropriate identification if the Bridgeport staff does not recognize you. The office will phone your child’s teacher to let him/her know that you have arrived at school.
END-OF-DAY PICK UP OF YOUR CHILD: If you will be picking up your child at the end of the day, rather than have him/her ride the bus or walk home, please send a note to your child’s teacher in the morning. If it is a last minute arrangement, then call the office to notify us that you will be picking up your child. If no notification from parents is received, children who generally ride the bus will be expected to do so and walkers will be dismissed at their regular time.
SCHOOL CLOSING NUMBER IS: 307
SCHOOL LUNCH: The cost of student lunch is $3.00. The children have a daily choice of a hot platter, hot dog, hamburger or a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Students who qualify financially for the reduced lunch will pay $.40. The application for the reduced lunch and free lunch programs will be distributed to the students during the first week of school. Students who bring their own lunch may purchase white milk, chocolate milk or juice for $.60. Students who have milk allergies may choose a glass of juice to drink for lunch. The school kitchen personnel ask that you send in a note to them regarding your child’s milk allergy.
E-MAIL ADDRESSES: All members of the staff at Bridgeport Elementary School have E-mail addresses. Parents may send an e-mail to any member of the staff by typing the following:
First initial of first name – Last name @umasd.org
Principal Mr. Timothy Bickhart
Secretary Mrs. Ashley Zomorrodian
Office Clerk Ms. Janette Santore
School Nurse Mrs. Lisa Lachowicz
Guidance Counselor Mrs. Natasha Bradley
SCHOOL DAY (Grades K to 4):
The instructional school day begins promptly at 8:50 a.m. and extends until 3:30 p.m. Children may enter the building at 8:40 a.m.
LUNCH / MILK PRICES:
Lunch: $3.00 Students
Milk: $ .60
Grades 1 and 2 Approximately 1 ½ hours per week
Grades 3 and 4 Approximately 3 hours per week
All students are expected to read or be read to at least 15 minutes each evening.
Bridgeport welcomes visitors; however, classroom visits must be pre-arranged with the teacher. All visitors (including parents) to Bridgeport Elementary School are required to sign in and out at the office. Visitors are expected to obtain a visitor’s badge to be worn while in the school building. This policy is a security precaution to promote a safe educational environment for your child.
Proper attire shall be regulated to foster neatness, modesty, good grooming, and safety. Hats, halter-tops and roller sneakers are prohibited. Students are expected to wear sneakers for physical education classes. Suitable footwear must be worn at all times. Flip-flops are not considered appropriate for school. They present a safety hazard on the playground and play equipment. Please review page 15 of the student handbook to learn more about the “Dress Guidelines”.
Star students: Students who go well beyond expectations on building rules or citizenship may be awarded a star students ticket. They will fill the ticket out and it will be sent to the office. Each week the office will announce one student from each grade to receive a prize. Tickets will remain in the box until the end of each semester.