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Student Tardiness Impacts Learning

posted Oct 24, 2019, 3:20 PM by John Rouse
Potomac School Parents/Grandparents,

Over the past several weeks, we have had an unusually large number of students arriving at school late. Being on time is important for your child for two keys reasons.  First if your child is not present at the beginning of the class period, he or she will be missing some key instruction as well as the plans for the school day or class period. Please note that our instructional day begins at 7:50 am each day.  This is the second key reason that your student's being on time is important because state law mandates a minimum number of minutes of instruction at the respective grade levels, and our schedule is designed to be in compliance with those time requirements.

We have been allowing students to grab a breakfast when they arrive at school, and the teachers have been allowing some time in the classrooms for students to eat their school breakfast as we begin our school day. Montana laws pertaining to the required length of a school day require a specific minimum numbers of minutes of instruction per school year in order for students to receive academic credit as well as for the school district to receive its full entitlement of school funding from the state. Our school calendar is designed to satisfy these state minimum minutes of instructional per grade level.  To satisfy these time requirements, our students need to be in attendance from 7:50 to 4:00 every school day.

Because we recognize that starting the school day with a good breakfast is important, we offer breakfast to our students; however, we will stop distributing breakfast to students at 8:00 am. If you want your child to receive a school breakfast, make certain that your child arrives at school before 8:00 am.  Students are considered "tardy" after 7:50 am, so do your best to have your child at school before 7:50 am.  If you are bringing your student to school, and you will be arriving at the school after 8:00 am, please come into the office with your student to check him or her in

Of course, we realize that sometimes we are surprised by bad weather or poor road conditions that result in our school buses arriving late.  Because your child's safety is important, on these occasions of bad weather those students who arrive at school a few minutes after the normal start time of 7:50 will not be marked tardy. 

Should you have questions or you need further clarification regarding school start times, please do not hesitate to contact me.


John P. Rouse, Principal