Absences and Tardies
The first bell at Timpanogos rings at 8:15, and the second bell at 8:20. Students are tardy if not in their classrooms and ready to begin school by the 8:20 bell. Student absences are acceptable only for illness or unusual and infrequent family emergencies. Please review the district attendance policy which can be found here. Absences exceeding five consecutive days or those that occur frequently need verification from the child’s doctor with a note turned in to the office. If repeated absences occur the matter will be turned over to the district truancy office which will include truancy school and possible referral to Provo Attendance Court. Utah State Law mandates that students must be in school. We ask that parents choose to take their child on vacation during the school year as little as possible.
Accidents and Illness
If accidents or illnesses occur, the school will contact the parents or the designated person listed as an emergency contact. The Emergency and Health Information is critical and we ask that you keep the contact information up to date. We also ask that you keep phone numbers up to date. If your phone number changes please call the office and let the secretary know. It is critical that we have current information in case of emergency.
Books and Supplies
Each year students are issued textbooks and other basic supplies. They may also check books out from the school library. Any books lost or damaged by the students beyond normal wear and tear will need to be replaced by the student or his/her parents.
Timpanogos is a closed campus school. Once students arrive at school, they are not allowed to leave the school and/or school grounds for any reason unless they are checked out in the office by their parents or a parent designee.
Playground supervision is not provided after school. Students need to leave the building and the school grounds immediately after school is dismissed. Supervision is provided at the front of the building both before and after school to monitor bus students and to assist students crossing school driveways. Students are required to cross at school driveways where supervisors are stationed and to do what they can to provide for their own safety and the safety of others. Paid supervision is also provided on the back playground during lunch recess. Teachers supervise students during class and grade level recess periods.
Timpanogos dress and hygiene standards encourage modesty, safety and personal cleanliness. Clothing, jewelry items, body tattooing, piercing, etc. that interfere with or disrupt instruction to a marked degree are not allowed. Students may wear shorts so long as they are at least mid-thigh in length. Short shorts or un-hemmed cutoffs are not allowed. Halter tops, tank tops and midriffs are not appropriate, but modest sleeveless tops may be worn. Footwear is required for safety purposes. Students are encouraged to wear shoes or sandals that fit securely and protect the feet. Students will not be allowed to participate in physical education activities if they are wearing open shoes, such as sandals or flip-flops. All clothing or accessories that display wording or graphics advertising alcohol or tobacco or that are distracting or offensive will not be allowed. Hats can be worn on the playground but need to be removed before entering the building.
Because of their identification and association with gangs, the following are not permitted according to district policy: bandannas, chains hanging from pockets, headgear or any article of clothing or jewelry bearing gang symbols, names, initials, insignia or anything else which signals gang affiliation.
Students in kindergarten through sixth grade shall not be charged fees. However, donations will be accepted toward supplies, assemblies, field trips, or other activities. No child will be penalized for not making a donation.
Classes find opportunities to extend learning beyond the classroom by going on field trips. Your child’s teacher will send home information regarding each field trip along with a permission slip. Parent volunteers are often asked to help supervise during trips. We appreciate your help, but would ask that younger children not come along. Pending special circumstances, school lunch will be expected to be purchased for field trips to reduce complications in planning and preparing for the field trip.
Gum and Candy and Homemade goods
Gum and/or candy should not be brought to school. Birthday treats should be purchased at the store. Home-baked goods are not allowed, even for class parties and birthdays.
Homework is an extension of class work. Studies show that it is effective in helping students make greater educational gains. Parents are encouraged to become involved in what their children are doing in school by working with them. Please expect your children to complete homework, as well as provide a quiet place for students to work effectively.
Students will generally go outside even on winter days unless the weather is extreme. We will keep students inside if the temperature reaches 20 degrees or below, the air quality alert has been issued to the school, or if the wind or moisture is extreme. If your child needs to stay in for any other reason, please notify the school.
School personnel cannot give children medication without a written medication release. Tylenol may be given with the permission from a parent.
Parking and Student Drop off / Pick up
Please follow safe traffic procedure when driving near the school. If you must leave your car for any reason please park in the parking lot. Please enter through the north entrance, navigate through the center of the parking area and exit on the south side. Drop off for students is by the Kindergarten playground at the south side of the parking lot.
During all pickup times please refrain from speeding, mobile phone use, or anything else that will draw your attention from maintaining safety.
School phones are for school business and emergencies only. Please make arrangements with your child prior to the school about day care, whether to walk home, etc. A phone is available to call with illness, lunch charges, etc.
Playground Rules – Specific rules regarding the Playground:
Put-downs are not allowed on the playground or in the school building.
Basketball standards/soccer goals are not to be climbed on.
Slides are for sliding down only.
Jump ropes are only for jumping.
Pebble gravel and rocks are not to be thrown.
Tackle football or other games of a tackling nature are not allowed.
Throwing snowballs, sliding on ice, or climbing on snow or ice mounds (Bunker’s Hill, etc.) are not allowed.
Games are played according to rules of good sportsmanship (e.g., games cannot be locked).
Stay within the school ground area. Do not leave the school grounds for any reason without receiving permission and checking out through the office.
Leave hard balls and other hazardous play equipment at home. Keep bicycles locked and in the bike racks throughout the school day.
Practice safety and courtesy in all games and on all playground equipment. Use playground structures only during assigned periods.
- There should be no climbing on playground structures where it is not designated to do so. Students should never stand atop of any structure or jump from the structures.
Assume responsibility for all equipment taken from the classroom. Return lost and found equipment to the school office.
Student progress reports will be sent home quarterly. You may access current grades through Powergrade, via the district or school website. If you have questions about signing onto this system, please contact the school.
Scooters, Roller Blades, Skate Boards, Bicycles and Toys
Roller blades, skateboards and bikes are off limits on school grounds and in the building. Before entering onto school property, students need to remove roller blades, carry skateboards, and walk their bikes. All bicycles brought to school need to be properly stored in one of several bike racks provided by the school. We strongly recommend that students lock their bikes.
Toys, including trading cards, playing cards and electronic equipment are not to be brought to school. They become a distraction to learning and are easily lost or misplaced. Students can bring bats, balls, mitts, and other athletic equipment if they wish to do so. We strongly recommend marking all items. The school is not responsible for any items that are lost, stolen, or damaged.
Parent Teacher conferences are held three times each year. The first two weeks of school we hold conferences to set expectations, establish goals and establish communication. During the school year parent teacher conferences are held two more times in the fall and spring to discuss progress and whether or not students are mastering essential standards and skills.
All visitors, including parents, are required to check in at the office. If parents will be moving throughout the school or visiting a classroom, they are expected to wear a visitor’s pass until they check out in the main office. Please limit all visits that may interrupt the teacher or students.