General Information: The building opens at 8:30 am and the instructional day begins at 8:50 am. If you are late (after 8:50 am) you must sign your child in at the Main Office and your child must get a pass to class. We begin dismissal at 3:40pm. If you are picking your child up from school please arrive no later than 3:30pm. Kindergarten parents must meet their child at the bus stop or their child will be brought back to the school.
Visiting Mote: All Parents and other visitors MUST report to the office to receive a visitor’s identification badge before proceeding to any other area of the school. Parents will not be allowed to go to their child’s classroom while school is in session without an arranged meeting with the teacher.
Door Security & Announcing Yourself: During the school day entry to Mote can only be attained by ringing the doorbell and, when asked, announcing your reason for requesting entry. In rare circumstances for the safety of our students it may be necessary to temporarily deny entry. In these cases we will work to resolve the issue as quickly as possible and we appreciate your understanding.
Attendance: School attendance of students between 6 and 16 years of age is mandatory in Delaware. A child who is absent MUST, upon returning to school, bring a note from the parent or Doctor stating the reason for the absence. Excessive absences will be referred to the Visiting Teacher.
Excuses recognized as valid are:
- Illness of child
- Contagious disease within a home
- Critical illness/death in the family
- Legal business
- Religious holiday
- All others are unexcused. Students missing more than 25 days of school, whether excused or unexcused must be retained.
Walkers, Drop-offs, and Pick-Ups: Students are not permitted to be at the building before 8:25 am – this includes walkers and car riders. All walkers are to gather at the front door. Car riders must wait in their cars until the doors open. There is no adult assigned to watch the walkers or the car riders. Students are not to be playing on the steps or ramp at the front of the building. All regular car pick-ups must fill out a Parent Pick-Up form and get a window number. All drivers must follow the set traffic pattern around the front of the building. This pattern has been designed to maintain safety for our children. Please do not deviate from the regular flow. Children must be picked-up prior to 3:45 pm. If your child is going to deviate from his or her regular dismissal procedure you must submit a written note signed by a parent or guardian to your child’s teacher. Please include the name of the person picking up your child in the note and have that person prepared to show id to our office staff. While emergencies do happen, for the most part phone calls for a change in dismissal procedures for your child will not be accepted. Please help us continue to keep your children safe.
Transportation: Another letter will be sent to you in late August from the transportation department of The Red Clay Consolidated School District. The letter will include your child’s bus stop information. After you receive your child’s bus number, please place that number on the bus slips included with this letter to help the teacher and the bus driver the first day of school. During the first week of school please pin one slip to your child and place one slip in his/her book-bag. We find the bus slip extremely helpful in getting your child home to you as quickly and as safely as possible the first few days of school.
If you have specific transportation questions you can contact the district’s Transportation department at 322-0251. The Sutton Bus company provides the transportation for our school. We need your help and support in stressing the importance of these safety rules.
- Remain seated while the bus is in motion.
- Keep hands, arms and head away from open windows.
- Throwing anything from the bus windows is prohibited.
- No fighting, no horseplay, no profanity no distracting the driver.
- Be on time at the bus stop. Stand in a single file line away from the road.
- Listen to the bus driver. The driver is in charge of the bus.
Students violating these rules will be warned and parents notified. Repeat offenders and students endangering others will be suspended from the bus. Students who continue bad behavior after their first suspension will receive longer suspensions and perhaps loss of all bus riding privileges.
Parking: Parking at Mote is very limited. There is no parking in the rear of the building at any time.
Supplies: Students are expected to have their general supplies on the first few days of school. Students may receive two supply lists – one general list, which is included with this letter and a ‘classroom specific’ list on their first day. Students in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade are encouraged to buy a calculator.
Cell phones: Cell Phones have become increasingly present in our lives and consequently also in our children’s lives. There is however no need for children to have their cell phones on or out during the school day. Any cell phone visible during the school day will be considered a violation of the Code of Conduct and will be confiscated. Students who have been given cell phones for before or after school safety may keep them turned off in their book-bags. Students will not be asked to produce their cell phones from their book-bags if they are turned off. All students deserve the opportunity to learn in an environment free from cell phone distractions. Thank you for your understanding as we continue to support every aspect of student learning.
Updated Information: Please be sure that the office has your most current phone numbers and address. Remember to alert the office when your phone numbers change. Students are required to have shot records on file with the nurse. Failure to provide these records may mean removal from the school.
Bullying Information: Delaware Code 4112 of Title 14 to prevent bullying in schools
The law requires each school district to have a policy that:
- Forbids Bullying
- Forbids Retaliation against those who report bullying
- Defines Bullying:
- Physical, verbal, or electronic
- Towards student, school employee, or school volunteer
- Reasonable person known to effect:
- Reasonable fear…substantial harm…physical, emotional, or to property
- Pervasiveness, persistence, or power differential makes hostile educational environment
- Interfering with safe environment for student
- Coercing others to cause above harms
- Requires each school district to adopt a school-wide bullying prevention program
- Requires each school to create a coordinating committee
- Requires schools to review and supervise non-classroom areas
- Sets forth reporting requirements and investigative procedures
- Requires report to DE DOE all confirmed bullying incidents
- Sets forth appropriate range of consequences for Bullying
- Sets forth procedures for notification to student/caregiver for information on bullying activity
- Is implemented all year
Mote’s Bullying Policy: At Mote each referral received that indicates bullying will be investigated and the bullying law and district policy will be followed and enforced. All confirmed cases will be reported to DOE within five working days as prescribed by the law. Any reported cases will be followed by a mandatory conference with the caregiver and the student. The student will need to attend mandatory counseling which will be given during student’s free time (ex: recess, before or after school). The School will work out time and place. The caregiver (parent or guardian) of the targeted student will be notified by phone and mailed a copy of the incident report. The names of the bullies will be given to the caregiver.
Student Dress Code: (The code can be found on page 18 of the Student Code of Conduct) The following regulations shall govern the dress and grooming of students in all grades. Student dress may vary with instructional activity and special events when announced by the principal.
- Appropriate and safe footwear must be worn at all times. Specifically, house slippers are not appropriate in school or at school functions.
- Hats, headbands, head coverings, and ear coverings are not to be worn in the building during school hours.
- Any garments deemed inappropriately tight, short, or revealing (mesh tops, midriff tops, tank tops, tube tops, short shorts, etc.) are prohibited during school hours.
- Any attire that is disruptive to the educational process is prohibited. Attire that is unsafe, unhealthy, offensive to generally accepted standards, or obscene is not to be worn. Decals, slogans, or pictures that contain references to illegal substances (i.e. alcohol, drugs, etc.) or immoral behavior are not allowed.
- Removal of accessories (jewelry, dangling scarves, etc.) during shop, physical education or lab is required for safety.
- Items not specifically covered in the above-listed regulations will be at the discretion and good judgment of the principal.
- Pants worn in a “Sag and Drag” fashion (pants worn below the waist to the extent that the underwear and/or skin is/could be exposed) are not permitted in school or at school functions.
Day Care: If your child will be going to a Day Care either before or after school you must fill out a Daycare Transportation form. If you have not filled out a Daycare Transportation Request form for this school year please do so immediately. This will ensure that your child’s transportation will be accurate for the start of school. If you have any questions, please call our secretary, Cheryl Burns, at 992-5565.
Birthday Celebrations: Families are welcome to bring in goodies to celebrate their child’s birthday during the last 10 minutes of their child’s lunch period. We are trying to reduce the loss of instructional class time due to birthday activities. Please contact you child’s teacher prior to bringing in food to be sure that there are no allergy concerns.
School Wide Title 1 Parental Involvement Policy:
- Anna P. Mote Elementary School will put into operation programs, activities and procedures for the involvement of parents in all of its schools with Title I, Part A programs, consistent with section 1118 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Those programs, activities and procedures will be planned and operated with meaningful consultation with parents of participating children.
- Consistent with section 1118, Anna P. Mote Elementary School will work with its parents to ensure that the required school-level parental involvement policies meet the requirements of section 1118(b) of the ESEA, and each include, as a component, a school-parent compact consistent with section 1118(d) of the ESEA.
- In carrying out the Title I, Part A parental involvement requirements, to the extent practicable, Anna P. Mote Elementary School will provide full opportunities for the participation of parents with limited English proficiency, parents with disabilities, and parents of migratory children, including providing information and school reports required under section 1111 of the ESEA in an understandable and uniform format and, including alternative formats upon request, and, to the extent practicable, in a language parents understand.
- If Mote’s plan for Title I, Part A, developed under section 1112 of the ESEA, is not satisfactory to the parents of participating children, the school will submit any parent comments with the plan when the school submits the plan to the District.
- Anna P. Mote Elementary School will involve the parents of children served in Title I, Part A schools in decisions about how the 1 percent of Title I, Part A funds reserved for parental involvement is spent.
- Anna P. Mote Elementary School will be governed by the following statutory definition of parental involvement, and will carry out programs, activities and procedures in accordance with this definition:
Parental involvement means the participation of parents in regular, two-way, and meaningful communication involving student academic learning and other school activities, including ensuring—
- that parents play an integral role in assisting their child’s learning;
- that parents are encouraged to be actively involved in their child’s education at school;
- that parents are full partners in their child’s education and are included, as appropriate, in decision-making and on advisory committees to assist in the education of their child;
- the carrying out of other activities, such as those described in section 1118 of the ESEA.
Nondiscrimination and Section 504 Notice: All parties, procedures, and policies of the Red Clay Consolidated School District shall clearly exemplify that there is no discrimination in the recruitment, employment, and subsequent placement, training, promotion, compensation, tenure, and all other terms and conditions of employment over which the Red Clay Consolidated School District Board of Education shall have jurisdiction, or in the educational programs and activities of students on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, domicile, marital status, handicap, genetic information, veteran status, or any legally protected characteristic. Inquiries into compliance for Title IX or Section 504 are to be directed to Debra Davenport, Human Resources Development, RCCSD, Linden Park, 4550 New Linden Hill Road, Wilmington, DE 19808 (302) 552-3783.
Contact Us: Our main number is 992-5565. Please don’t ever hesitate to call.