Upper Elementary
120 4th Avenue, Kosciusko, MS 39090
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Frequently Asked Questions

Have a specific question about our school? You’ve come to the right place. We’ve compiled a list of the questions most frequently asked of our office staff. If you need more information, check out our handbook in the Quick Links section of our Home page or give us a call!

What time does school begin and end each day?

School starts at 8:00 a.m. each day. To ensure the safety of all our students, we have a staggered dismissal time. We dismiss walkers and bus riders at 3:00 p.m. We dismiss students being picked up in a car by parents or other family members at 3:05 p.m.

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What if my child is tardy or I need to check him/her out of school early?

We expect students to be at school by 8:00 a.m. and stay until dismissal each day. We understand that sometimes emergencies arise where a student may be late or need to leave out of school early.

Students who are tardy must obtain an admit slip from the office. There are very few valid reasons for being tardy, and students with unexcused tardies may be subject to disciplinary action.

A parent, guardian, or other designated person must sign out students who must leave campus for any reason during the day. Excessive checkouts will result in a report to the Attendance Officer.

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What is the school’s attendance policy?

Regular attendance is necessary for a successful school career, and absences are detrimental to learning. Please schedule your child’s appointments after school hours, and plan vacations during regular school breaks. Personal illness, illness in the family, death of a relative, quarantine of the home, and doctor appointment for illness are all reasons for an excused absence.

Students returning from an absence should visit the office for an admit slip. Students with an excused absence may make up missed work, usually within three days of the missed day. Students with unexcused absences may not make up missed work and will receive a zero for the work.

We will not promote students who miss more than 25 days of school during the year. We may grant exceptions for extenuating circumstances, such as accidents or extended illness, when validated by a written excuse from a licensed medical doctor.

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Are visitors allowed on campus?

All visitors to our school must check in at the school office to receive a visitor’s pass immediately upon arrival at school. We do not permit students to have visitors during the school day.

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Does the school provide bus transportation?

Yes, we do. Riding a school bus is a privilege, not a right, and we may revoke the privilege for gross or continued misconduct. Students may only ride their assigned bus unless granted special permission by the principal. For more information about bus transportation, visit our district’s Transportation page.

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Is breakfast or lunch available to my child?

Nutritious meals are essential to school success, and we offer both breakfast and lunch to our students every day. We serve breakfast from 7:30 to 7:55 a.m. in the cafeteria. Students eat lunch during each class’s designated lunch time.

Students paying for breakfast or lunch must bring lunch money weekly, as the school does not loan money. Students may also bring their lunch in a lunch box or plain paper bag. Parents may not bring take-out lunches or home-cooked lunches to students. We do not encourage soft drinks; however, if a student brings one, it must be in a thermos.

For breakfast or lunch menus, as well as meal prices, please visit our district’s Food Services page.

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