There are many opportunities to volunteer at Dillard Drive Elementary and each teacher will inform parents about classroom volunteer opportunities. Our PTA will also send home volunteer information. Examples include, individual tutoring, working on special projects, working with small groups, helping in the media center, and at-home projects.
WCPSS Board Policy 5422 states that “all volunteer applicants will complete an on-line application at a school and must receive clearance from the Human Resources Department – Employee Relations before beginning work in a school as a volunteer”. This application will allow you to serve in a volunteer capacity for the 2016-2017 school year. Volunteers who have previously registered must reactivate their status if they plan to participate again this year. Volunteers should make sure to sign in as a volunteer in the main office.
Emergency Contacts for Students
In case of emergency, we must have current addresses, telephone numbers, and emergency contacts for all students during the year. Any changes throughout the school year should be sent to the office. If you change your residence, we will need for you to bring another proof of residence (gas bill, electric bill, water bill, or sales/lease agreement) to the office. A phone bill is not considered proof of residence.
Teachers will send home a Tuesday Folder. Please take time to review this information with your child. The folders will not be used for correspondence, such as birthday party invitations from individual parents. In addition to receiving weekly folders, teachers will phone, write notes, and use email to communicate with parents when necessary.
All students in grades 2-5 use agendas (classroom planners) to develop essential planning skills related to learning and academic success. These calendars also provide a means of daily home/school communication. Parents should review their child’s agenda daily and encourage use of the resource information included. Agendas will be available at Meet the Teacher and the first week of school for $5.00 from the PTA.
Telephone service for students is limited. Students will not be permitted to use the telephone to request delivery of forgotten homework assignments, clothing articles, field trip permission forms, or to ask permission to go home with a friend. If there is a compelling need to use the telephone, the student must have permission from the classroom teacher.
Students that bring cell phones to school are expected to keep them in their backpacks and turned off for the duration of the instructional day.
Birthdays and Special Occasions
Parents are encouraged to acknowledge students’ birthdays or other special occasions during the class’s lunch or snack period. Prior notification is needed and appreciated due to the number of students with allergies and diabetes. Birthday invitations should be mailed from a child’s home.
In an effort to make the most of instructional time, the Wake County Board of Education has adopted a policy to reduce interruptions during regular classroom time. Students can learn best and teachers can teach the best when instructional time is not interrupted by P.A. announcements, unexpected visitors, or messages from the school's main office.
We need your help as we work to give your child the best possible learning experience.
- You are always welcome to visit in your child's class or to eat lunch with your child. Please notify your child’s teacher the day before your visit day so we will be expecting you.
- Please notify your child’s teacher at least one day in advance (except in an emergency) if you will need to pick up your child early for a doctor's appointment or other excused absence. By doing that, we can alert the teacher so your child can leave the class at the appropriate time.
- If you need to get a message to your child during the school day, please call in the morning if at all possible so the message can be delivered during the lunch period. If your message comes into the office after lunch, it will be delivered to your child at the next scheduled break in instruction (except in an emergency).
Additional information for classroom visits:
- It is our desire to have you as a volunteer in our school. One of the best ways for you to be in touch with your child’s education is to be a part of the school environment. If you want to participate as a volunteer, please speak to our office staff who will share with you the procedures to register.
- While you are welcome to visit and observe your child in class, please be aware that the observation is not to disrupt the learning environment in any way. Disrupting the teacher while conducting class will not be allowed. If you have specific questions about your child’s education, you should schedule an appointment with the teacher outside of instructional time.
All classroom visitors will be asked to sign a confidentiality statement. This is done in order to protect the privacy of our students. Thank you in advance for your help and cooperation.
We ask that you refrain from using your cell phone while the carpool line is moving. The safety of the students and staff is our biggest priority. Parents distracted by cell phones create a dangerous situation for children. We need parents’ continued support to keep students safe by adhering to the following practices:
- Students may be dropped off after 8:45 a.m. Students arriving before this time must remain in cars with parents until 8:45 a.m.
- Carpool students should not be dropped off in the bus loop, at the Middle School, or behind the building.
- Do not drop students in the parking lot and walk them over or have them walk over alone to avoid waiting in line.
- Parents remain in your car, move around the circle in front of the school. Students may exit car doors on the passenger side only.
- Parents with students at Dillard Drive Middle School MUST go through the middle school car pool line to pick up or drop off their middle school child.
- Do not enter the parking lot through the EXIT to avoid waiting in line.
- Students who arrive after the 9:15 a.m. bell are considered tardy and must report to the office with a parent to obtain a tardy slip.
- Display carpool tag on rearview mirror.
- Parents are expected to stay in their cars and in line.
- All car riders must be picked up in the carpool line. Students will not be allowed to meet their rides in the parking lot or be released from other exits.
- No one is allowed to bypass carpool line, park their car and come in to get their child.
- A written note must be sent to the school if your student is riding home with someone else.
- Parents picking up children early must arrive to the office BEFORE 3:15 p.m. Students must be properly signed out from the office before leaving campus.
- Picking up students prior to dismissal (3:15 – 3:45) to avoid waiting in the carpool line is not permitted. Please keep this in mind when making appointments.
- All car riders are to be picked up no later than 4:05 p.m.
Bus Rider Policies
The Wake County Public School System provides bus transportation to only eligible students and only on their assigned route.
- Anytime your student will be a car rider instead of bus rider home, a written note must be sent to school.
- All questions about bus stops, schedules, and other concerns need to be directed to Transportation.
- For the safety of all our bus riding students, we will attach a bus tag to each student’s backpack for the first 20 days of school. Please leave the tag on your child’s backpack.
- For your child’s safety, please be aware that an adult MUST be at the bus stop for a Pre-K, Kindergarten or 1st Grade student to exit the school bus at their designated location.
Transportation Phone #: 919-805-3030
Website: WCPSS Transportation