What time does school begin and end?
The first bell rings at 8:40 a.m. and students are expected to be in their classrooms by 8:50 a.m. The tardy bell rings at 8:50 a.m. School ends at 3:50 p.m.
What telephone numbers will I need to know?
School office: (262) 255-6106
School fax: (262) 255-4185
Dairyland Bus Company: (262) 253-4060
What are the school office hours during the school year?
Office hours are 7:50 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Is the school office open during the summer?
The office is open most days during the summer. Please call prior to visiting to ensure that someone will be available to assist you.
How do I report a student absent or tardy?
Call the school office by 8:40 a.m. to report a student absent or tardy. Please do not send an e-mail to your child’s teacher. If the teacher has a substitute that day, the substitute cannot access the teacher’s e-mail.
If your child will be arriving late for any reason, please indicate if your child is having hot lunch or bringing a cold lunch. A student absence can be reported at any hour by leaving a message on the office voicemail. If you would like the teacher to prepare homework, make sure to indicate this when calling.
In addition to calling the school office, a written excuse is required upon your child’s return to school. The absence will be considered unexcused until a written excuse is received. Children must be free of fever, vomiting and diarrhea for 24 hours without the aid of medication before returning to school.
How does my child buy hot lunch?
Each student is given a five digit pin number. This number will be his or her lunch code from now until the end of high school. Deposits into a lunch account can be made online through your Infinite Campus portal account (credit card or checking account). There is no fee for online deposits. Parents may also send cash or check (made payable to Hamilton School District) to school in an envelope labeled with the student’s name and pin number.
Visiting our school
Can I visit my child’s classroom?
Classroom teachers have volunteer opportunities for parents. If you feel the need to visit your child’s classroom during academic periods, you may do so after scheduling this visit with your child’s teacher. Having a parent enter a classroom unannounced and unexpected causes disruption to the study process and to the daily routine which is so important for all students.
Am I allowed to visit and eat lunch with my child?
Parents and close relatives are welcome to eat lunch with a child any day of the week as long as a parent contacts the school office by 8:40 a.m. You may bring your own lunch or purchase a hot lunch. A phone call ensures that school staff members know when to expect visitors, can order a lunch and/or are able to advise visitors of special events or circumstances that may occur on the planned day of the lunch visit. Adult lunches are $3.60. Parents may use their child’s lunch account to purchase lunch, if desired.
Busing and transportation
How do I find out information about the bus schedule?
Dairyland Bus Company mails a postcard to families with schedule information approximately two weeks before the start of school. Information will include your child’s pick-up time and location along with the drop-off time and location. Please note that a.m. and p.m. bus numbers and locations may be different and may also differ from prior year routes. All students living in our attendance area will be assigned a bus route to and from home unless a Child Care Transportation Form is completed (see below). Routing for a.m. or p.m. busing must be consistent (five days a week).
What if my child will be attending daycare before and/or after school and plans to ride the bus?
You must fill out the Elementary (Grade 4K-4) School Bus Transportation for Child Care section of the online registration process beginning August 1. It is extremely important you fill this section out before August 11 so Dairyland Bus Company can make the change before school starts. Once school begins, contact the office for a form to fill out to make any child care transportation changes. Please remember that changes must be received by Wednesday each week for an effective date of the following Monday.
Pick-up and drop-off procedures
How do I make arrangements for my child to be picked up from school when he or she normally rides the bus?
It is important, especially for young students, to have a consistent schedule. If a schedule needs to be changed, the request must be made in writing and the note given to the classroom teacher first thing in the morning. If a situation arises throughout the day and you must pick up your child after school, please call the office before 2:30 p.m. For the safety of our students, requests made after 2:30 p.m. cannot be honored.
Can I drive my child to school?
You may drive your children to school, but please do not drop them off before 8:35 a.m. Supervision in our front main entrance begins at 8:35 a.m. For safety reasons, you must park your car in the parking lot and walk your child all the way to the door.
What if I do not want my children to ride the bus home and prefer to pick them up every day?
You must fill out the Elementary (Grade 4K-4) School Bus Transportation section of the online registration process beginning August 1. It is extremely important you fill this section out before August 11. Once school begins, contact the office for a form to fill out stating your child will be picked up five days a week.
What is the end of day pick-up procedure?
When picking up your child, you must park in the parking lot, walk into the school, and wait in the front lobby. Students are released when the bell rings at 3:50 p.m.
Health and medication
What do I do if my child needs medication at school?
Before any medications (prescription or over-the-counter, including cough drops) can be administered, the appropriate medication permission form must be completed. Prescription medications can only be administered with a physician’s signature on the form. These forms are available online at www.hamilton.k12.wi.us/district/district-forms-annual-notices/ or in the school office. Medications (in original packaging) must be brought to the school office by a parent. Students may not transport medication.
What happens to my child if they become ill at school?
If your child becomes ill at school, the office staff or a health room volunteer will contact you. A child will always be sent home if they have a fever of 100° or higher (child may be sent home with a temperature under 100° if other symptoms are present) or if the child has vomited or has diarrhea at school. For the well-being of all, returning students must be symptom free for 24 hours without the aid of medication before returning to school. There are no exceptions to this rule.