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School Hours

Kindergarten - 5th Grade

Monday - Thursday     8:00-2:45 p.m.
Friday      8:00-1:30 p.m.

Preschool - 3

Tuesday/Thursday     8:00-11:00 a.m.

Preschool - 4 (3 Day)

Monday/Wednesday/Friday     8:00-11:00a.m.

Preschool - 4  (5 Day)

Monday - Friday     11:30-2:45 p.m.
1st and 3rd Fridays     11:30-1:30 p.m.

Students are not to come to school before 8:00 a.m. There will be no supervision of school grounds before then; therefore, we cannot assume liability for student accidents during this time. Students will not enter the school building before 8:00 a.m. without specific permission from their classroom teacher.

All students are to leave the school building and grounds immediately after school is dismissed unless requested to stay by a teacher. Again, no supervision is available nor can we assume liability for an accident at that time. At 3:00 p.m. students who have not been picked up will wait in the front lobby.

FOR SAFETY REASONS, ALL DOORS, except the main entrance to our school, will remain locked during the school day. Parents, Volunteers, Visitors must sign in and out at the office.


Children are dropped off by parents on St. Joseph Place along the curb only. There is absolutely NO PARKING in front of the gated area. Parents may also drop off children in the back of the building at the far end of the lot, nearest the Convent.

St. Joseph Place can get very congested in the morning, so we ask for caution when letting children out of the car. Children must cross the street in the area designated by the crosswalk markings. If you have very small children, it is best to park the car and walk them across the street. After hours, the front parking lot is open for school functions and school business. For safety reasons, we do not allow any cars in this parking lot during school hours. You may never open the gate to drive into the lot while children are present.


Students should be in their class lines by 8:00 a.m. and are considered tardy if they are not in the classroom by the second bell at 8:05 a.m. Students must report to the school office for a “tardy pass” and then proceed to the classroom. It is very important that students come on time to school.


St. Joseph Catholic School will not assume responsibility for the person who picks a child up at the conclusion of the day. It is not possible for the St. Joseph administration or personnel to monitor how each child gets home. It is essential that parents take the primary responsibility. However, should a parent have a specific preference as to how a child travels home, or a specific objection to a child's being picked up by a specific individual, the parent shall notify the school secretary in writing.

The children will be dismissed in two groups, alphabetically, to the front and back of the school building. Alphabet categories may change yearly depending on the number of families in each group.

Each day at 2:45 p.m. the teachers will take the children to the designated areas. The cars will travel in a loop from the left side to the right (see illustration) in the back parking lot, and right side to left in the front. When the first four cars drive up, those children going home in those cars will board their vehicles and the drivers will proceed around and exit onto St. Joseph Place. If your child does not get in the car on time, you may have to go around and do the loop again. It is essential that we keep the flow moving in a productive fashion. Please do not leave your car to visit with the teacher at this time. Schedule a specific time for conferencing. Please be considerate of others.

Parents of students in the afternoon preschool classes will drop off at the preschool door. At 2:45 p.m., those students with siblings in upper grades will be dismissed together, for afternoon pick-up at the back door. All afternoon preschool children will be picked up from the back of the building near the preschool area. Please be prompt in arriving for pick-up. We realize that it will take preschool students a little longer to load their vehicles due to the car seat requirements, so we ask that you do not visit in the car line. If you need to speak with the teacher, please schedule a time for a conference.

If the children have not been picked up on time, they will be escorted to the front of the building and must wait there for the parent. If they have not been picked up by 3:00 p.m., the student will place a call home. Please be prompt picking up your children.

It is VERY IMPORTANT that your child knows who will be picking him/her up each day after school, so let them know in the morning when you drop them off. Please do not call the school office to relay this information unless it is an emergency.

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