Frequently Asked Questions
What are the school hours?
The North Side and the Main Entrance doors open at 8:50am and close promptly at 9:05am. We encourage students to arrive at 8:50am to have sufficient time to get settled into the classroom before the school day begins at 9:05am. Any child arriving after 9:05am is considered tardy. The school day ends at 3:25pm, except on scheduled early dismissal days when the school day ends at 1:05pm.
On the first day of school, each student receives a district calendar. Please refer to this calendar for changes to the daily schedule. The early dismissal days are highlighted in yellow.
Free breakfast is available for all students beginning at 8:40am. Students enter through the blue cafeteria door in the back of the school. Students should not arrive on school grounds much earlier than 8:40am when the cafeteria door opens.
How do I drop off/pick my child?
The main entrance door and the blue door behind the flagpole in the front of the school both open at 8:50am to give students sufficient time to get settled into the classroom before the bell rings at 9:05am. Any child arriving after 9:05am is tardy. The school day ends at 3:25pm, except on scheduled half days when school is over at 1:05pm. On the first day of school each student receives a district calendar. Please refer to this calendar for changes to the daily schedule. Half-days are highlighted in yellow.
Free breakfast is available for all students beginning at 8:35am. Students enter through the blue cafeteria door in the back of the school. Students should not be waiting outside unaccompanied before the door opens.
Walkers - Students in grades 4 and 5 may walk to school and escort a younger sibling if given permission in advance by a parent or guardian. Students should remain on the sidewalk at all times, not cut through parking lots, and use the guarded crosswalks.
Drivers - Drivers can join the live drop off line. It starts in front of the main entrance door on the school side of Standish Avenue. The drop off zone starts at the first orange road cones. Drivers are to continue through the drop off line and stop as close to the last cone as possible. Students are to exit on the right side (curb side) of the car only. Drivers are to remain in the vehicle at all times. Staff is available to assist children out of vehicles. It is recommended that families traveling north turn down Cherry Street, to Court Street to Bourne Road to round the block and enter the drop off lane. It is unlawful to make U-turns on Standish Avenue. Once the students exit the vehicle, drivers are to remain in the drop off lane until merging into traffic after the last cone. Cars are not to cut through traffic cones to enter the middle lane.
Park and Walk - Parking is allowed on the school side of Standish Avenue behind the large tree in front of the pond. Parking is never allowed across the street from the school. The North and Cherry Street parking lots are closed during arrival. Use the no parking signs as a guide.
Walkers - Students in grades 4 and 5 may walk home and escort a younger sibling if given permission in advance by a parent/guardian. Students and guardians should remain on the sidewalk at all times, not cut through parking lots, and use the guarded crosswalks.
Park and Walk - Parking is available on the entire school side of the street. Parking is never allowed across the street from the school. The North and Cherry Street parking lots are closed during dismissal. Please drive as close to the lights as you can before parking. Park as close as possible to the car in front of you, closing gaps between the cars, then walk to your child’s assigned dismissal door. If parking is not available continue down Standish Avenue to Cherry Street, to Court Street to Bourne Road to round the block until spots become available.
Students exit from assigned dismissal doors and are directly passed onto parents/guardians. If you have children exiting from multiple doors we can arrange for all your children to exit from the dismissal door of your youngest child. We hold your child until you arrive at the door. Children are only dismissed to their parent, guardian or designated emergency contacts. If a person is not a designated emergency contact the parent/guardian must send in a note giving permission for that person to pick up their child. In all cases a picture ID is required at the time of pickup until identity is well established
Children are expected to be picked up promptly at dismissal time. If you are going to be late due to unforeseen circumstances please call the main office. Children who are not picked up on time are sent to the office to wait for someone to arrive.
Can my child walk to and from school alone?
Students in grades 4 and 5 may walk to school and escort younger siblings if given permission in advance by a parent or guardian. Students should not arrive on school grounds much earlier than 8:50 am when the arrival doors open.
Students in grades 4 and 5 may walk home unaccompanied and escort a younger sibling if given permission in advance by a parent/guardian. Crossing guards are stationed at all the major intersections surrounding the school. Walking unaccompanied is a privilege that can be revoked at the discretion of the school.
Students are only allowed to walk home in daylight. In the winter months when the days end earlier students must be picked up from afterschool activities.
How do I drop off/pick my child from afterschool activities?
Park on the school side of Standish Avenue and walk to the front door.
Students exit from the front door and are directly passed onto parents/guardians. We hold your child until you arrive at the door.
Students in grades 4 and 5 may walk home and escort a younger sibling if given permission in advance by a parent/guardian. Before giving permission, keep in mind that there are no crossing guards on duty. Also, in the winter months when it is dark early, we do not allow the children to walk on their own.
What is the policy if my child is absent?
Please call the office at 508-830-4340 before 8:30am on the day of the absence. If no one answers, leave a message with your child's full name, the reason for the absence and the anticipated date of return. If we do not hear from you we try to contact you or, if necessary, your emergency contacts. We urge parents to keep students at home only when it is necessary for health or emergency reasons. Anytime your child is absent or tardy and visits a medical provider, please ask for a physician’s note to excuse the absence. Also, if possible, please avoid scheduling family vacations when school is in session.
We understand that attendance issues may result from difficulties best addressed through a combined effort of the school, student, and home. The Hedge School principal, nurse, school counselors, and teachers are all available to discuss concerns and help families come up with strategies to improve attendance.
What if my child arrives late?
If your child arrives later than 9:05am they need an adult to sign them in at the receptionist's desk before going to the classroom. If the student is a walker, they need to sign themselves in at the reception desk. Good attendance, including a timely arrival at school, is of vital importance to the academic success of students.
What if my child needs to be dismissed early?
If you know in advance, please send in a note to inform the teacher of the time of the dismissal and whether or not the student will be returning that day. This ensures that your child will be appropriately packed and ready to go when you arrive. We do not call students down to the office until after you have arrived to sign them out. Keep this in mind when planning the time needed to get to an appointment.
What if we have a change in our dismissal plan?
For your child's safety and well-being, we ask every family to fill out a transportation form listing your routine plans for dismissal each day of the week. When there is a question, we follow this plan. If you need to make a change in your child's dismissal plans, we ask that you provide us with a note with all the pertinent information, including your child's name and teacher, what the change is, who the adult taking the child will be, that person's phone number and the date of the change. In the case of an emergency or unexpected change, please call the office and speak to someone directly. For the children's safety, we can only accept changes in dismissal plans from parents or guardians. In addition, we may need to call you back at the phone number you have provided us to confirm parent or guardian identity.
How do I find out about Extended Day Care?
The Old Colony YMCA program shares our space; however, they are a privately run organization and not part of the school system. They provide before and after school care. If you are interested in the program, please call them directly at 508-833-4796. There is also an after-school Boys and Girls club program you can contact at 508-746-6070.
How do I arrange a tour or initial meeting at the school?
Call the school, at 508-830-4340 to set up an appointment to visit.
What is the procedure for visiting the building?
For the children's safety, Hedge follows the district sign-in policy. All visitors enter through the front door and must check in with the office and obtain a visitors badge. Upon your first visit to the building, you are asked to provide a license to scan into our security system. If you have something to drop off for your child, please leave it with the office, which will see that it gets to your child. Please understand that even if you are known by many in the school, no one can enter the building without checking in with the main office.
How do I find out about the curriculum?
Each grade level holds an open house early in the fall for parents. You may contact the teacher if you have a specific question, and teachers may send out information about classroom studies and activities as well. Curriculum material is available on our website.
What if my child needs a special service?
As part of our regular education program, we have a Psychologist, Title 1 Teachers and Consulting Teacher of Literacy. Students with disabilities may be eligible for one or more of the following special education services: speech and language, occupational therapy, physical therapy, or specialized instruction from one of the MSN teachers. If you have concerns about your child's success at school, the first step is to speak with your child's teacher.
What about lunch, snack, and recess?
Students may bring a lunch from home or eat school lunch. A menu comes home monthly and is also posted on the Plymouth Public Schools website Breakfast is served daily between 8:40 and 8:50. Breakfast and lunch are free for all students. Students have a 45 minute period for lunch and recess.
In the cafeteria, students are to eat only food provided by their family or purchased in the cafeteria per district policy. Students may not give one another money, trade, or buy one another food. If students bring a lunch it assumed that they were not intended to get school lunch.
Families of students with allergies must inform the school nurse of the condition and provide protocol information in order to ensure student safety. A separate dining table in the cafeteria is available for children with severe allergies to sit at if required. Peanut butter is not served by the Plymouth Public Schools.
Students will have a snack time each day. Parents should send a small snack to school each day. We do not provide a snack.
How do you deal with medications and health issues?
We have a full-time nurse on our staff. Please note that all medications, even over-the-counter medication such as throat lozenges and Tylenol, must be dispensed by Nurse Kristen Isola. They also all require a doctor's note per state law. Please plan to bring any medication in personally. Per state requirements, all kindergartners must have a physical and immunizations updated prior to entering school.
What is the procedure for bringing food or treats for my child's class?
Please refer to the Plymouth Public School’s food policy. All food brought in must be for personal consumption except with prior approval from the teacher or principal. Per Plymouth Public School policy any food for class celebrations must be listed on the John C. Stalker A-list. The John C. Stalker Institute of Food and Nutrition (JSI) supports healthy students and schools in Massachusetts with The A-List, an up-to-date and ever-expanding list of vending and snack products that meet the Massachusetts Nutrition Standards for Competitive Foods and Beverages in Public Schools and the USDA's Smart Snacks nutritional standards, whichever is stricter. We have a list in the main office or you can review it on the John Stalker Institute website at www.johnstalkerinstitute.org/alist
Is there a Hedge School calendar?
We send home a monthly printed calendar of events with the school lunch calendar on the back for your easy reference.
How do I contact the teacher or principal?
Hedge School is committed to creating a culture of collaboration among school staff and families. The key to collaboration is open communication. Please do not hesitate to contact the school if you have a question, suggestion, or concern. To contact your child's teacher, you can either send a note in with your child asking the teacher to call you or leave a message with the office. Teachers have email and voicemail, however, please keep in mind that their priority is with the children, and they do not always have opportunities to check these messages during the school day. For issues directly related to the classroom, please speak first to the teacher before contacting the principal. For school-wide issues or unresolved classroom concerns, please contact the principal any time. We welcome your comments and suggestions. You may call Mrs. Kristin Wilson at (508) 830-4340 or send email to email@example.com.
What opportunities are there for volunteering and involvement?
Hedge has a strong tradition of parent involvement, and we are always looking for new volunteers with fresh ideas! The PTO is a vibrant organization. Be sure to join and attend the monthly meetings to find out how you can be involved.
Parents can nominate themselves to be elected to serve on the School Council. The School Council is composed of the principal, parents, teachers, and community members. The council assists principals in adopting educational goals for the school, identifying the educational needs of students, reviewing the annual school building budget and formulating a school improvement plan. The School Council surveys parents each year and uses that feedback to help set goals for the coming year.
Parents also volunteer to assist staff with recess and lunch, help in the classrooms and attend field trips. All volunteers need to fill out a CORI form for a criminal background check. Forms are available in the main office. Bring along your license or state ID.
Can we use the playground outside of school hours?
Yes, but during school hours all visitors to the school property must sign in at the Main Office. Please do not walk behind the school during school hours. The field gate is locked at dusk and weekends. Dogs, bikes, and cleats are not allowed on the playground or the field. There is to be no climbing on the fences. Please be sure to clean up any trash and grab all your belongings before heading home.
If you have any other questions, feel free to contact Principal Kristin Wilson at 508-830-4340 or firstname.lastname@example.org