Frequently Asked Questions
What documents are needed to register?
- Copied from the BCBE website https://www.bcbe.org/domain/59
Please bring the following documents with you for each child you wish to enroll:
- Birth certificate (For age verification)
- Social Security card [Social Security Card is not required, as per Federal guidance]
- Two proofs of residence
- One of these must be a recent utility bill with your Baldwin County address
- Withdrawal papers from last school attended, including transcript
- Immunization form
- All students are required by Alabama State Law to have an original certificate of immunization (IMM-50); copies are unacceptable. These certificates may be obtained from your local physician or Baldwin County Health Department in Robertsdale. The Health Department may be reached at 251.947.1910.
You will be required to complete an enrollment form for each student. These will be made available by the registrar or counselor when you visit the school.
What are the school hours? When is a child considered late for school?
- Stapleton School hours are 7:45 am to 2:50 pm. Students are considered tardy if they are not in their classroom when the 7:55 tardy bell rings.
What are the school office hours?
- While school is in session the office is open from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm each day. Summer office hours are Monday through Thursday from 7:00 am to 5:30 pm.
What is your lunch schedule?
- The lunch schedule for each grade is listed here. Family members are always welcome to eat lunch with their children.
preK 10:50 to 11:15
K 11:05 to 11:30
1st 11:45 to 12:10
2nd 11:00 to 11:25
3rd 11:55 to 12:20
4th 12:00 to 12:25
5th 10:55 to 11:20
6th 11:50 to 12:15
How do I apply for free and reduced lunch?
- The process is a simple one and is well worth your while. If you qualify (the income levels for qualification are much higher than many people realize), your family can save up to $90 per month per child. The school also receives funds in the form of Title I dollars for every qualifying child. Simply click on the link below and follow the instructions on the page to apply. Please contact the office if you need assistance.
What is the cost of school snacks?
- We offer healthy and nutritious snacks and drinks from our canteen. Students in kindergarten through 6th grade are able to purchase snacks daily. All of the items we offer are sold for $.50 to help ensure their affordability for our families.
Student pickup – how to change?
- Legal guardians must see office personnel in person to add or subtract individuals to the list of those authorized to check out their student(s). If the legal guardian cannot come to the office or needs to make a last minute change, the office will require proof of the guardian’s identity, such as a phone call / email to the number / email address on record for the guardian.
- In order to ensure an orderly and safe dismissal time, there will be no early dismissals after 2:30 without permission of the principal. No changes in afternoon transportation will be taken over the phone after 2:30 p.m. Students must be checked our though the office. Picture I.D. is required and only adults on the list of authorized individuals will be allowed to check out a child.
When do absences become an issue?
- Chronic absenteeism is a primary cause of low academic achievement and a powerful predictor of students who may eventually drop out of school.
-- Chronic = 17 absences (10% of school year; 173 days)
-- Warning Signs = 10-16 absences
-- Satisfactory Attendance = 9 or fewer
- Preliminary data from a California study found that children who were chronically absent in kindergarten and 1st grade were far less likely to read proficiently at the end of 3rd grade.
- Missing 10 percent of school for ANY reason, excused or unexcused, is proven to negatively impact future graduation rates.
What to do if my child takes medication?
Medications at School General Guidelines
It is the policy of the Baldwin County Public Schools that the registered professional school nurse be responsible for medication administration in the school setting. The primary intent is to administer medication to students diagnosed with chronic medical conditions.
The school system encourages parents to give medication taken one to three times a day to be given at home to prevent disruption of the students learning. For example, when a student has medication ordered daily, the medication should be given at home. Medication prescribed three time a day should be given at home, just before leaving school, upon return home in the afternoon, and at bedtime. The only exception to this schedule is medication that must be given before or with meals. Parent must administer the first dose of the medication. Exception: in the case of need for emergency drugs such as Diastat and Glucagon.
Over-the counter medication is permissible but discouraged. The school nurse may administer over-the- counter medication without a physician’s authorization. The parent/guardian permission is required for over-the-counter medication. The medication must meet all guidelines as outlined in the State Department of Education’s Medication Curriculum.
In the event of an emergency involving medication the school will handle the problem as any other medical emergency.
What is your uniform policy?
TOPS: - White, navy, black, or orange collared or turtleneck shirts with sleeves are always acceptable. Small logos are permitted if school-appropriate.
- Additionally, students may wear ANY school shirt ANY day of the week. A "school shirt" is defined as any shirt purchased from the school (such as annual t-shirts which are sold each Fall) as well as any shirt provided free of charge to students by the school for any reason (such as for AR, band, DARE, Peer Helpers, Bluegrass Festival, etc.).
- Fridays only: school-appropriate team shirts / jerseys may be worn for a $1 donation.
BOTTOMS: boys – blue denim, khaki, or navy blue pants or shorts (corduroy fabric permitted)
girls – blue denim, khaki, or navy blue pants, skirts, Capri’s, shorts, skorts, jumpers, or dresses (corduroy fabric permitted). Jeggings can only be worn under clothing.
FOOTWEAR: must be worn at all times and must be closed-toe in nature
UNDERGARMENTS: must not be visible at any time except for the neckline or sleeves of an undershirt or the lower portion of leggings. Visible portion of undergarments must not be considered offensive in nature or potentially cause an academic disruption (per administrator judgement).
SWEATERS / SWEATSHIRTS: must be solid black, brown, grey, navy, tan, orange, or white
-- note: For the purposes of uniform policy enforcement, all outer garments with a zipper and/or a hood will be considered coats / jackets and the requirements listed below will apply.
COATS / JACKETS: can be any color or design but items must not have lettering or logo of alcohol, tobacco, and/or controlled substances, nor pictures, symbols, or artwork that might be considered offensive in nature or potentially cause an academic disruption (per administrator judgement).
BCBE Uniform Policy Infraction Consequences:
1st - warning and parent notified
2nd - office referral and parent notified
3rd – alternative placement and / or loss of privilege at administrator discretion (parent notified)
4th and subsequent - one day suspension (parent notified)
Additional BCBE Uniform Policy Guidelines:
- Clothing and general appearance may not cause a disturbance or interfere with the instructional program and must not constitute a health hazard.
- Clothing must be of appropriate length and fit. To be acceptable, short pants and skirts must extend beyond either the finger tips when the student extends arms downward along the sides or reach the mid-thigh, whichever is longer. Pants must completely cover underwear. Low cut pants, sagging pants, etc. are prohibited. Cuts, slits, holes, and slashes are not allowed at all.
- Excessively baggy or excessively tight fitting clothing is prohibited.
Note: This is a summary. See the official BCBE Elementary Uniform Policy for additional guidance.
Where can I find a school calendar?
- The BCBE district calendar can be found at: https://www.bcbe.org/cms/lib/AL01901374/Centricity/Domain/39/BCBE%20Official%20School%20Calendar%202019-20.pdf
- The school events calendar is copied below:
2019/20 Stapleton School Event Calendar
PreK Orientation August 6th, 5:30 p.m.
PreK Ready-Set-Go August 8th, 8:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Kindergarten Orientation August 8th, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Meet the Teacher August 12th, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Cheers & Tears August 14th, 8:00 a.m.
- in library / for preK and kindergarten parents
Back-to-School Picnic September 6th, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Title 1 Parent Meeting September 19th, 6:00 p.m.
School Portraits September 27th
Grandparents Day October 4th
- preK and kindergarten only: preK 8:00 a.m. / K 11:00 a.m.
PTO / Open House October 15th, 6:00 p.m.
Parent Volunteer Meeting October 15th, 7:00 – 7:30 p.m. (library)
Red Ribbon Week October 21st to 25th
Fall Festival October 25th, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Spelling Bee November 1st, 8:30 a.m.
Stapleton / Delta Night November 1st @ BCHS football game
Annual Blood Drive November 7th
Cookies with Santa December 3rd, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
PTO / Christmas Show December 10th, 6:00 p.m.
Father-Daughter Dance February 14th, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
NEHS Induction February 21st, 10:00 a.m.
PTO Meeting February 27th, 6:00 p.m.
Read Across America February 28th, 1:30 p.m.
Book Fair February 28th to March 6th
Spring Pictures March 11th
Bluegrass Festival April 4th, 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
PTO / ASCC Recital May 7th, 6:00 p.m.
Field Day May 15th
End-of-Year Family Picnic May 15th, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Progress Reports: 9/20, 11/15, 2/7, 4/24
Report Cards: 10/18, 1/10, 3/20, 5/21
Kona Ice Dates: 9/5, 10/3, 11/7, 12/5, 1/9, 2/6, 3/5, 4/2, 5/7
Note: Please monitor the school Facebook pages for possible date changes
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