Please refer to the Student Code of Conduct - Attendance Section to answer any question you may have about attendance policies. Please be aware that if your child arrives after 7:40 a.m. or is checked out prior to 2:40 p.m. it will be considered a tardy. A Prior Permission Request (available in the front office) must be completed and approved by the principal before a planned absence. It will be considered as a personal absence. Each child is allowed 10 personal days with a parent note as excused. While a doctor's excuse counts as an absence, it is not considered a personal absence. In case of an unplanned absence, in order for your child to be excused, you must send in a parent note within three days.
Parent-teacher conferences provide an avenue for communication between parents and teachers. A parent-teacher conference may be arranged by calling the school. Your child's teacher will return your call as soon as possible. Parents may also send a note requesting a conference to the teacher. Conferences will be scheduled to the mutual convenience of the parents and the teacher.
Change of Address and Number
It is very important for emergency and administrative reasons that every student maintains an up-to-date address record at the school office. Notify the school immediately if you have a change of address or phone number.
The Madison City School System is proud to participate in the National School Lunch Program. All city schools offer a complete breakfast and lunch each school day. Meals are planned by a Registered Dietician and comply with standards set forth by the USDA. The Madison City School Board encourages all students to support the school lunch program by purchasing a school-made meal each day. Special Dietary Needs- If your child has a special dietary requirement, please notify the school immediately by submitting a doctor's note that describes the necessary dietary modifications in detail. Meal substitutions cannot be made without a doctor's note. Should you have any questions, you may contact the school or call Marty Tatara, R.D., Food Service Coordinator, at 464-8370.
Food at Parties
Rainbow Elementary adheres to the nutritional guidelines set forth by the Alabama State Department of Education. As a result, the following procedures have been developed to provide helpful information regarding the distribution of food items during the school day and during classroom parties.
Distribution of food during a normal school day:
Parents may send food or bring food items for their children only.
Food items such as cupcakes, birthday cakes, cookies, candy, etc. that is sent or brought to school will not be distributed by parents or teachers.
Distribution of food during classroom parties:
Parents may send or bring food items to the classroom party based on the provided menu below, but the items must be store bought and follow the guidelines set forth by the Alabama Department of Education.
Homemade food items will not be allowed during classroom parties — no exceptions.
The food must remain in its store-bought packaging with the nutritional content label intact until it is opened in the classroom just prior to serving.
All food items must be pre-approved by the classroom teacher due to the possibility of other students in the class having food allergies.
No food goody bags.
Menu of recommended snacks for school parties
*Contact your teacher for questions concerning snacks
low fat milk/flavored milk 100% juice
water/flavored water (calorie free) fresh fruit assortment
fruit and cheese kabobs fruit with whipped topping
100% fruit snacks vegetable trays
cheese – cubes, string pretzels
low-fat popcorn graham crackers
fig newtons animal crackers
angel food cake – plain or topped with fruit nuts, seeds
pizza with low-fat toppings trail or cereal mixes
pizza dippers low-fat breakfast or granola bars
ham, cheese, or turkey sandwiches quesadillas with salsa
Please complete clinic cards and return them to the office as soon as possible. This information will enable the school to notify the parent, guardian, or designated adult in case of an emergency.
The Rainbow Clinic is a quiet and comfortable place for an injured or sick child to receive care. A nurse will provide care for the children. She will clean and bandage the wounds, take temperatures, provide ice when needed, and mainly provide TLC until the parents arrive to pick up their child. She is not allowed to perform any invasive procedures (such as removing a splinter) or administer medication of any kind (including over-the-counter), such as aspirin, Tylenol or Neosporin unless a Medication Release Form has been signed by the parent (and physician, if prescribed medication) and medication provided in the original unopened container.
Extended day services are available. If you are interested, please contact the office at 824-8106 to request a registration packet.
Madison City Schools does not use corporal punishment of any kind.
Please send your child to school dressed in "clothes for learning"; wash-and-wear items are best. Your child's clothing should be easy for him/her to manipulate when going to the restroom. Print names on all clothing your child might take off at school, such as sweaters, coats, caps, and gloves. The Madison City Board of Education dress code is available in the Student Code of Conduct.
Educational field trips will be taken during the school year. Trips will be made in school buses with the classroom teacher in charge. Children participating in field trip activities must have a signed permission form on file with the teacher. Field trips enhance the curriculum and are planned by the teacher. Siblings are not allowed to attend field trips.
Madison City Schools affirms that students from all backgrounds must be given opportunities to develop to the fullest extent of their ability. We accept the premise that there are students whose above average ability, creativity, and task commitment require a variety of special provisions to meet their educational needs.
Your child's teacher will provide a card marked with your child's designated car line number. Every child is assigned a car line number, whether they plan to use the car line or not. We use these numbers daily during dismissal to expedite the car line. Please use a rubber band to attach your card to your car's visor. When you flip down the visor, your child's number will be easily visible. If at any time during the school year you need an additional or replacement car line number card, you may request one from the office.
Arrival and Dismissal Procedures
ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL EXPECTATIONS and PROCEDURES
Rainbow Elementary is very concerned about the safety of our children, especially in regard to morning arrival and afternoon dismissal. Students should arrive on campus no earlier than 7:10 a.m. and no later than 7:35 a.m. Children who arrive on campus after 7:40 are considered tardy. Once on campus, students will report to the following areas: pre-k students go to room 148; kindergarten students go to the library; first through sixth grade students go to the gymnasium. Any student who wishes to eat breakfast may report to the cafeteria. Students are dismissed to classrooms beginning at 7:30 a.m. The success of the plan depends upon full compliance.
Arrival on Campus – 7:10 a.m. until 7:35 a.m.
Bus Riders: Transportation by school bus to and from school is available to all students. Students are expected to observe all bus safety rules. Failure to follow these rules may result in the loss of transportation privileges. Any student riding a different bus must have a note from the parent or guardian.
1. Buses will unload along the front of the school in the main drive (bus lane.)
2. Students will walk and enter through the main front entrance and go to assigned areas.
1. Vans will unload students in lane near mailbox.
2. An administrator or designated staff member will monitor students crossing walk and entering through the main front entrance and going to assigned areas.
Car Riders: (car line closes at 7:35 a.m.)
1. All car riders unload at the back of the school.
2. Please pull all the way to the end of the awning before stopping to unload.
3. All cars stopping along the sidewalk must unload from the passenger side.
4. Students enter through the rear of the building and go to assigned areas.
5. Parents intending to escort students inside must do so from a parked car in the front parking lot. No parking is permitted in a car lane or bus lane. *Due to student safety, parents are not allowed to drop off students from an idling car in the bus lane or front parking lot.
6. Two, fifteen-minute parking areas are provided. Parents should not park in the back parking lot to escort students into building.
Walkers and Bike Riders:
1. Walkers enter through the front, main entrance or the rear entrance.
2. Walkers should always stay on the sidewalks and never go into the parking lots.
3. Bike riders should park bikes on the rack behind the playground and walk on the sidewalk to the rear entrance of the building.
Dismissal from campus begins at 2:40 p.m.
Students are dismissed by grade level to report to designated locations for a safe and orderly dismissal. Parents should notify the teacher of procedures your child is to use in getting home in the afternoon. Please send a note with your child when there is a change in the family afternoon transportation pick-up procedures. If an emergency arises and you must change your child’s transportation plans, please call the office before 1:00 p.m.It is always best to keep the mode of transportation home consistent. It is very difficult for children when it changes every other day.Children who are checked out prior to 2:40 (2:10 for Pre-K) must be signed out through the office and are considered tardy, early check-out.
Walkers are escorted from the gym through the recess playground area to the edge of campus.
Car Riders load at the rear of the building. Pre-K carline will begin forming at 2:00 for a dismissal time of 2:10. Parents of elementary students who are car riders should not arrive in carline until all pre-k students have been picked up (approximately 2:25.) Students wait in the gymnasium and are called out to the cars in order of cars. Your child’s teacher will provide a card marked with your child’s designated car line number. Every child is assigned a car line number, whether they plan to use the car line or not. We use these numbers daily during dismissal to expedite the car line. Please use a rubber band to attach your card to your car’s visor. When you flip down the visor, your child’s number will be easily visible. If at anytime during the school year you need an additional or replacement car line number card, you may request one from the office. If a child is not picked up in carline by 3:00, please sign them out in the office. If you are not able to pick up your child by 3:00, you will need to enroll them in our Extended Day program, as teachers are no longer on car duty at that time.
Bus Riders load at the front of the school. Any student riding a different bus must have a note from the parent or guardian.
Van Riders load at the front of the school once all buses have left campus.