The administration has approved the following dates for the 2019-2020 School Calendar:
Parents must send an email to the appropriate attendance desk prior to 2:30 pm if their child needs to be picked up or dismissed early. All students being dismissed early must be picked up by 2:30 pm.
Remember that the East (elementary) entrance gate is closed from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm. During those hours, parents should enter through the West (main) entrance gate and can drive to the elementary parking lot via the connecting access drive off the front loop.
No lunches, homework or other packages can be dropped off at the Welcome Center for MS or US students. Be sure your child comes to school prepared with everything he or she will need.
CDS uses KidCheck® to provide an online check in/check out system for the safety and tracking of our children. Every ECC and elementary family should create an account. This assures that our AfterCare program is equipped to care for your child in the event that unplanned circumstances prevent you from picking up your child at the regular dismissal time. If you used KidCheck last year, your account is still active.
Picking up from Elementary AfterCare
After Care is located in the Elementary Multi-Purpose Room. When picking up child(ren) from AfterCare, parents should pull into the School Bus Loop and pick-up children directly from the Elementary Multi-Purpose Room (glass doors facing the bus loop).
There is a receptionist on duty until 6:00 pm every school day. The Bearss Avenue campus phone number is 813.920.2288.
AfterCare Hours and Dates
AfterCare is available until 6:00 pm every day there is school with the exception of Friday, October 26, 2018, Friday, December 7, 2018 and Friday, March 15, 2019. AfterCare is offered on half-days; students who need to stay for after care on half-days need to bring their lunch and a beverage. School lunches are not served on half-days.
Middle School and Upper School students are welcome to remain on campus after dismissal. The administration has established after school policies to enable students to remain on campus after school and attend home athletic games in the Hayes Family Gymnasium and Wagner Athletic Complex. No student will be allowed to "hang out" on campus unsupervised after dismissal. Students who are not participating in an athletic team practice session are not allowed to be in the gymnasium or fitness center after school. These facilities are fully booked by the athletic teams.
MS/US Study Hall
By 3:45 p.m. all students must be in an extracurricular activity (working with a teacher, attending an after school program, athletic team practice, drama/music rehearsal, etc.) or report to the supervised MS/US study hall that will be held in the US Humanities Quad (Rooms H129 and H130). Teachers staffing study hall this year are Mr. Jannereth, Ms. Flansburg, and Ms. O'Neill.
Questions? Please contact Mr. Jannereth, MS/US After School Study Hall Coordinator.
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If your child will need over-the-counter medication during school or school-sponsored activities, you will need to fill out the "Over-the-Counter Medication Form" and submit it to Magnus Health. (Click here to download the form; the attached cover sheet is needed only if you will be faxing or mailing the form to Magnus Health.)
Please note, this form must be signed by BOTH parent and physician .
If your child gets a bug bite or has a headache, school is able to give your child OTC medication only if the "Over-the-Counter Medication Form" is submitted to Magnus Health.
Parents of students in grades 1 - 8 are now receiving automatic email and SMS notifications from "Visitu Notifications." Visitu sends automatic email and text messages directly to parents when their student signs in tardy or is dismissed early from school.
Parents are reminded to notify school by 2:30 pm via email if students need to be dismissed early.
Policy for reporting an ECC student absence
Attendance records are kept for all students at the ECC. If a student is going to be absent, parents should notify Cindy Hittle or Amanda Lang, ECC receptionists, before school by phone (813.963.2388).
Policy for reporting an elementary student absence
Parents should notify Vicki Rivas, elementary school receptionist by 8:00 a.m. by phone (813.920.2288) or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students who arrive to school after the elementary gate is closed must check-in with Mrs. Rivas in the elementary school office to obtain a tardy pass. After 9:00 am parents will need to enter through the west driveway entrance (by the main building) and use the access drive to continue to the elementary parking lot.
Policy for reporting a MS student absence
Parents should notify the school by 8:00 a.m. at the following email address to report their child's absence. We suggest that parents add this email to their "contacts" for quick access.
Your message will be retrieved by the middle school secretary. If a student is not reported absent at the email above, an email notification of the absence is sent to the parent requesting a response confirming the absence.
Please note that attendance is recorded each day by the first period teacher at 8:00 a.m. Students who arrive to school after 8:10 a.m. must check-in with the receptionist at the front desk in the main lobby to obtain a tardy pass.
Policy for reporting an US student absence
Parents should notify the school by 8:30 a.m. at the following email address to report their child's absence. We suggest that parents add this email to their "contacts" for quick access.
Your message will be retrieved by the Registrar-Senior Systems Database Manager. If a student is not reported absent at the email above, an email notification of the absence is sent to the parent requesting a response confirming the absence.
Please note that attendance is recorded each day by the first period teacher at 8:30 a.m. Students who arrive late to school must check-in at the Welcome Center in the main lobby to obtain a tardy pass.
Seesaw is the primary communication tool used by elelmentary teachers. Seesaw provides a secure and safe, easy-to-use, way for students, teachers, and parents to seamlessly communicate and collaborate to enhance students’ learning and success. Seesaw is a digital portfolio that students will use to showcase what they are learning and doing at school and share with their family.
Once Seesaw is activated for this school year, returning families will use their same account. Access codes and instructions for creating parent Seesaw accounts will be sent home to new elementary parents during the first two weeks of school. Here is a quick introduction to how Seesaw will connect you to your child's learning and classroom!
Schoology is a web-based learning management system that provides a secure and safe, easy-to-use, way for teachers, students, parents, and administrators to seamlessly communicate and collaborate to enhance students’ learning and success.
The access codes and instructions for creating your parent Schoology account were sent home with your student. Check with your student's advisory teacher if you have not received your access code.
The Online Student Directory is now available for families to access through their My BackPack account.
If you have not yet activated your account on My BackPack, you can set up your account by clicking here.
If you do not know your user name and password, click on "I Forgot My User Name/Password" at the bottom of the box. Fill in your email address and the information will be emailed to you.