The Devon School HandbookThe Devon School Handbook contains important information about policies, procedures, and programs at Devon. This page contains the most updated information, indexed by topic, and includes links to referenced sites, pages, documents and policies. For a printable copy of the 2018-19 Devon Family Handbook, please click here.Have questions? Please contact us at(610) 240-1450.General InformationWe request that parents call the School Attendance line at 610-240-1465 by 9:00 AM of the morning when their child will be absent. This line is accessible 24 hours a day. After attendance is taken in the classroom, the office verifies all student absences and calls to check on those who have not called in to report absences.
Absences are considered lawfully excused when a student is prevented from attendance for mental, physical, or other urgent reasons such as:
illness, family emergency, death of a family member, medical or dental appointments, authorized school activities, educational travel with prior approval, pre-approved religious instruction (limit 36 hours per year), and bona fide religious holiday.
Parents/guardians must provide the school with a written excuse explaining why their children were absent within three calendar days of an absence. All schools will accept hand written notes, emails from parents'/guardians' designated email address, or faxes created and sent by parents/guardians. E-mail notes can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. An excuse form is available on the Devon Elementary School website www.tesd.net in the Student Attendance section. Phoning in does not take the place of a written note.
If a child will be out of school for more than one day, homework can be requested by calling the office. The teacher will prepare homework that will be available for pick up in the office 24 hours later.
Legal absences for student educational travel must be requested at least two weeks in advance of the travel. A form requesting legal absence may be obtained in the office. The Superintendent must approve trips greater than 5 days in length.
The full District Attendance Policy and Regulation 5113 are provided on the district’s website at www.tesd.net.Parents are notified of their child’s bus number and stop at the beginning of the school year in the back-to-school mailing. Bus routes and schedules are also posted on the district’s website. Children may not ride a bus other than their own bus without a bus pass. Written parental permission to take another bus or to exit the bus at a different stop is required. Long-term bus change requests may be made on a form that is available in the school office.
Questions or concerns about bus routes, stops and other bus information should be directed to the Transportation Department at 610-240-1680.At the conclusion of the school day, children who are walkers, car riders, and those going to A Child’s Place are dismissed first. A child must have a note if they are going home any way other than the usual way.Parents wishing to pick up their children on any given day must write a note and send it to the teacher in the morning. Children who have notes to be picked up will be dismissed to the cafeteria. Parents may meet their children in the cafeteria and exit with their child from the back cafeteria door where there is a staff member on duty. No child will be dismissed to the parking lot. Parents are required to park their cars and come into the building to meet the children.
Children taking the bus will be dismissed from their classrooms. Bus passes are required for those wishing to take a bus other than their own. Bus passes may be obtained in the morning by writing a note requesting alternative transportation for that day.Students should wear clothing that is appropriate for elementary school. A student’s day can be filled with various activities that require physical activity, therefore, appropriate shoes should be worn to school. Sneakers are required for physical education class. Boots, warm coats, hats and gloves are recommended during cold weather so that children will enjoy outdoor recess on cold days. Please label all clothing with children’s names.
Dress and Appearance (TESD Policy and Regulation 5415)
Students have the right to determine their dress and appearance as long as it conforms to norms of decency and does not materially and substantially interferes with the educational process, threatens the school or community, depicts or encourages unlawful or otherwise prohibited activity, or interferes with another student’s rights.
Clothing bearing or depicting messages, images, or advertisements relating to drugs, alcohol tobacco is not permitted. Clothing depicting violent or sexually explicit messages or images is also prohibited.
Each school’s dress code policy shall be gender-neutral. Schools cannot enforce specific attire based on gender. Students have the right to dress in accordance with their gender identity within the constraints of the dress codes adopted by the school. Gender-neutral dress code guidelines apply to regular school days as well as any school sponsored activities.
Students whose attire does not conform to the applicable standards will be asked to put on appropriate clothing. Students may be asked to change into appropriate clothing, if available at school, or the student’s parent/guardian will be called and asked to bring appropriate clothing to school. Students with questions about the applicable dress code or the appropriateness of particular attire/appearance shall direct such questions to the building principal.Grades 1 - 4 - School begins at 8:45 AM and ends at 3:20 PM for children in Grades 1-4. Students arriving after 8:45 AM must report to the lobby desk with a written explanation for the tardiness. Please do not transport children to school before 8:35 AM since there is no supervision of children before that time.
AM Kindergarten begins at 8:45 AM and ends at 11:40 AM. Bus transportation is provided to school and parents provide transportation home with pick-up at 11:40 a.m.PM Kindergarten begins at 12:25 PM and ends at 3:20 PM. Parents provide transportation to school and children may begin arriving in the lobby after 12:15 PM. Bus transportation is provided at dismissal time.Half Day Sessions During Parent-Teacher Conferences - When school is in session for a half day because of parent/teacher conferences, grades 1-4 dismiss at 12:20 PM. Kindergarten sessions are not held on these days.
Attendance (TESD Policy 5113)
Frequent or prolonged absence without satisfactory reason or in willful violation of the compulsory attendance laws shall be handled in conformity with the procedures in the District’s Administrative Regulation R5113 and applicable law.Students arriving after 8:45 AM are considered tardy. (PM kindergarten students are tardy after 12:25 PM). When students arrive late, they must report to the lobby desk to receive a tardy pass that admits them to class. Parents are required to send a written note to explain the tardiness. Tardiness is considered excused due to illness or a doctor’s appointment. After three unexcused incidences of tardiness, an excessive tardy report is submitted to the district’s attendance officer.
Lost and Found
A Lost and Found bin is located in the cafeteria. Parents and children are encouraged to check the Lost and Found whenever jackets, sweaters, or other items are missing. Periodically the contents of the Lost and Found are donated to a local charity.
A Child’s Place
An extended care enrichment program provides before and after school care for students through “A Child’s Place”.
Before School Care: 7:00 AM to 8:45 AM After School Care: 3:20 PM to 6:00 PM
AM Session 8:45 AM to 11:40 AM PM Session 11:40 AM to 3:20 PM
For information on pricing and registration please call 610-687-1263.