Maple Frequently Asked Questions

General office information

What time does school begin and end?
8:35 a.m. until 3:25 p.m. Students are expected to be in their classrooms prior to the 8:40 a.m. tardy bell.

What telephone numbers will I need to know?
School Office: (262) 246-4220
Principal: Kristin Koeper-Hamblin, x 5102
Administrative Assistant: Nancy Gin, x 5100
Office Paraprofessional: Eileen Swierczek, x 5101
Attendance Reporting: Call the school office. If after hours, press 1 at the outgoing message for the 24 hour attendance line.
Dairyland-Hamilton Bus: (262) 253-4060

What are the school office hours during the school year?
Office hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4 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.

Attendance

How do I report a student absence or tardy?
Please call the school office by 8:45 a.m. to report a student absence or tardy. Sending an email to your child’s teacher is not recommended because if the teacher has a substitute that day, the substitute cannot access the teacher’s email.

If your child will be arriving late for any reason, please indicate a hot lunch choice for your child, if he or she requires one. A student absence can be reported at any time on our 24 hour attendance line by pressing 1 at the outgoing message. If you would like the teacher to prepare homework, please indicate this on the attendance line.

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.

Lunch

How does my child buy hot lunch?
Each student is given a five digit pin number. This number will be his or her pin number from now until the end of high school and also serves as the elementary school library book checkout code. Deposits into a lunch account can be made on-line 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 8:45 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(ren)’s lunch box account to purchase lunch, if desired.

Busing and transportation

How do I find out information about the bus schedule?
Dairyland-Hamilton 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 childcare transportation form is completed (see below). Routing for a.m. or p.m. busing must be consistent (five days per week).

What if my child will be attending daycare (including YMCA School Age program) before and/or after school and plans to ride the bus?
A separate bus request for students attending daycare or YCare must be completed. The childcare bus transportation request form is available in the school office. School office personnel will contact the bus company to process the change. Please remember that changes must be received by Wednesday each week for an effective date of the following Monday. Prior to the start of the school year, childcare transportation forms must be returned to the school office no later than August 11 to be effective by the first day of school.

Pick up and drop off procedure

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; however, if a schedule needs be changed, the request must be made in writing. Please send a note informing the classroom teacher if you are temporarily changing your child’s pick up schedule. If an emergency does arise, you may call the school office to request your child be picked up, however this request must be made prior to 11 a.m. For the safety of our students, requests made after 11 a.m. cannot be honored.

Can I drive my child to school?
If you feel it is necessary to drive your children to school, supervision is available beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the main front entrance. Please do not drop off your child prior to 8:30 a.m. Students wait outside in all seasons until they enter the school. If the temperature (with wind chill) drops to zero or below, students will be allowed to wait inside in the school lobby until school begins.

What if I do not want my child to ride the bus home and prefer to pick them up each day?
Please send a written note with your child’s full name that is dated and signed stating that your child will not be riding the bus, but will be a parent pickup every day until further notice. Without this written notice your child will be placed on the bus to go home.

What is the end of day, front of school pick up procedure?
When picking up your child at school in lieu of him or her taking the bus, there are two options. 1) Make a single file line next to the walkway in front of the school and your child will be dismissed to your vehicle or 2) park your car and meet your child in front of the school. There is no double parking.

What should I do if I want to let my child walk or ride a bike to school?
Please send a written note to your child’s teacher informing him or her that you give your child permission to walk or ride a bike to school. The note can be written for the entire year or on a day by day basis. Without a written note your child will follow the regularly scheduled end of day routine.

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 on-line at www.hamilton.k12.wi.us (District tab, District Forms & Annual Notices) or from the school office. Medications (in original packaging) must be brought to the school office by an adult. Students may not transport medication. Most over the counter medications will be kept in the office for no more than two weeks, unless an ongoing or chronic condition exists.

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. Please consider keeping a child at home if he or she has a low grade fever along with additional symptoms.