All students are required to be in attendance. Please report your student’s absence from school in writing. After an absence, send a note in the agenda to school. The note must include the date, reason for absence, signature of parent/guardian, and phone number.
For an absence to be excused there must be documentation of the following:
- Student Illness or medical appointment
- Religious holiday
- Illness or death of an immediate family
Each student will be allowed ten excused parent notes per school year. After those ten absences, all subsequent absences via parent notes will be marked as unexcused absences. All doctor’s notes that are turned in will count as an excused absence. Other absences that can be excused must have documentation, for example, religious holidays, death of a family member, etc. Please know that three tardies and/or three early check-outs will equal one day of an unexcused absence.
It is very important that we have the most up-to-date information and telephone numbers. If you move, change jobs, or change phone numbers, we must have the new information, in case the school requires your immediate attention or when a student misses a bus in the afternoon. Please visit the office to update your emergency contact information.
The clinic will notify parents if a student is ill and needs to be picked up. Your student will only be released to persons listed on the emergency contact list. A picture ID will be required from a person checking out the student. All medication must be brought to school by an adult. Students may not bring medication to school. Prescribed medication may only be administered to a student by clinic or health personnel. Medication forms must be renewed each year for students on long term medications. At the end of the school year, medication must be picked up within 35 days of the last day student day, or it will be disposed of. Medication may not be sent home with students.
The Polk County School Board has a mandatory dress code for all elementary and middle school students. There are many positive reasons for a school dress code, including:
- A dress code encourages students to express their individuality through personality characteristics and academic achievements, not outward appearances.
- A dress code puts the focus on academics, not fashion, because students project a neat, serious, businesslike image.
- Schools with dress codes have fewer discipline problems, because students aren’t distracted.
- Dress codes can reduce expenses for families.
- Dress codes eliminate the visible differences between needy and wealthy students.
- Dress codes eliminate pressure to wear brand-name clothing, “gang colors,” etc.
- Dress codes create a sense of school pride and belonging.
Walking shorts, slacks, skorts, skirts, and skirted jumpers are acceptable but must be plain solid-color twill.
Tops: School t-shirts (orange or teal) OR collared polo style shirts (white and orange only)
- School t-shirts are available through our office
- Collared Polo-type or Oxford shirts, blouses or turtlenecks are acceptable
Outerwear: Gray school jackets are available through our office (These will be the only permissible outerwear allowed in the classrooms; on cold days, students may wear any jacket, but may not wear them in the classroom unless they are the Davenport school jacket.)
The Dress Code does not allow for clothing with colored trim, stripes, embroidery, decoration, etc. It also does not provide for overalls (overalls with pants or shorts), sweatpants, knit pants/ skirts, leggings, etc. A small logo is acceptable.
Other dress code rules:
- A belt is required if the garment has belt loops.
- Shirts (including T-shirts) must be tucked in.
- Shorts/skirts must be mid-thigh or longer.
- Shoes must be safe and appropriate.
- Clothes must be the appropriate size, with the waist of garment worn at the student’s waist.
- Clothing that is too tight or too loose is not appropriate for school. No leggings or spandex bottoms are allowed at any time. Leggings (solid color only) may be worn under shorts or skirts on cold days only).
School administrators will determine if clothing is appropriate for school and complies with district rules. For more specific information on the student dress code, please refer to the Code of Student Conduct.
The primary purpose of homework is to reinforce skills taught in the classroom. Homework is assigned at all grade levels. Teachers will try to coordinate projects to avoid excessive homework. In addition, assigned homework we expect the students to read 20- 30 minutes each night. Students will not necessarily have homework on a daily basis, please refer to the agenda and Class DOJO for updates regarding homework.
In order for parents to stay informed about student’s grades and progress, it is necessary to have a parent portal set up. Parents may access their student information through Polk County Schools Parent Portal. Follow the steps below:
- Obtain the personal identification number for each of your students by visiting his /her school.
- Create a Parent Portal Account by visiting https://polkschoolsfl.com/parentportal/.
- Attach the student to your Parent portal account by following the on-screen instructions.
Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBiS)
Our school participates in Positive Behavior Intervention Support. This is a major initiative in school-wide discipline with the emphasis on school-wide systems support that include proactive strategies for defining, teaching, supporting appropriate student behavior to create positive school environments. School-wide expectations are as follows: Dolphins DIVE into learning daily by following our school-wide expectations:
D-develop good habits
I-Individual differences are celebrated
V-vow to treat others with kindness
E-excel in all I do
Interims and report cards go home at according to PCSB district-wide calendar. Regular contact with the teacher is encouraged, and the faculty is available to meet with parents during the school year. Please contact the teacher to schedule an appointment.
Morning Car Riders:
- Do not let students out of the car before 7:30 am, as no supervision will be available before that time.
- Students SHOULD NOT be dropped off and expected to walk from the street, please adhere to all safety precautions in place for dropping off students in the morning.
- Parents are to follow the lines and pull up to the curb. Students must open their own doors, please be ready when directed to open doors in order to keep the line moving.
- Please pull down as far as possible before letting your student out, staff will direct cars.
Afternoon Car Riders:
- Students will be issued a CAR TAG from the front office and it must be displayed in the car in order to pick up a student. If you do not have a car tag, you will need to park and come to the front office with your ID.
- Please help students memorize their car number so our line will move quickly in the afternoons.
- Parents are to follow the predetermined line for car riders. DO NOT PARK and walk-up, students will not be allowed to leave from the car area unless getting into a car with a tag.
- Please pull down as far as possible, staff will direct cars forward in order to keep the line moving.
- NO TRANSPORTATION CHANGES WILL BE ACCEPTED OVER THE PHONE.
- Walkers are defined as those students that walk/ride from the door of their home to the door of the school. Parents wishing to pick up their student(s) in a car MUST go through our car line and have a school-issued CAR RIDER TAG.
- All changes to your student’s transportation MUST be made through the agenda, Class DOJO, or email. NO TRANSPORTATION CHANGES WILL BE ACCEPTED OVER THE PHONE.
Riding the bus is a privilege and can be revoked for serious or repeated misconduct. Students eligible for bussing live more than 2 miles from the school, live in an area deemed unsafe to walk or ride a bike, or have special accommodations according to their IEP.
- Please refer to the “Rules for Riding the Bus” issued to each student at orientation.
- Students are entitled to bus transportation from/to the closest stop located nearest their residence only.
- NO TRANSPORTATION CHANGES WILL BE ACCEPTED OVER THE PHONE.
Always bring a photo ID with you. All parents and visitors must sign in at the office and wear a visitor’s badge. We encourage parents to join their student(s) for lunch at school during the student’s assigned lunchtime. A separate parent table is provided in the cafeteria. Visitation of your student’s classroom must be arranged at least 24 hours in advance with the teacher.
Please consider being a Davenport Elementary volunteer. The first step to becoming a volunteer is to complete the online application form. Please go to https://polkschoolsfl.com/getinvolved. This process may take several weeks, please apply early. All volunteers must sign in at the front office.