Information for Parents of Students Attending Wards Creek Elementary
Information provided on this page is intended to provide parents with helpful information to assist their child in the learning process. Please check your child’s teacher’s class web page for specific information pertaining to weekly instruction and homework activities.
Parent Home Access Center (HAC)
See your child’s current assignments and grades (students in grades 3-5 only)
SJCSD Parent Resource Guide
This guides contains information about standards, assessments, graduation requirements, acceleration and advanced academic options, course progression for grades 6 – 12, transportation, lunches, resources for parents, etc.
“Just for Parents” Newsletter
The Florida Department of Education’s Bureau of Family and Community Outreach is pleased to offer a “Just for Parents” newsletter. View the “Just for Parents” Newsletter.
All volunteers (including field trip chaperones) MUST be an approved volunteer. Volunteers must be re-approved every three years. This process takes up to three weeks for approval. Parents/Guardians that are not an approved volunteer may not visit their child’s classroom during normal school hours. Apply to be a Wards Creek volunteer.
Morning Drop Off Procedures
We encourage all students to ride the bus to school and home in the afternoon. Students are NOT permitted to walk to Wards Creek Elementary or home in the afternoon. Parents may drop off their child using the parent pick-up side of the building which is the west entrance (closest to SR 13). Parents may drop of students between 8:00 am and 8:25 pm. Student patrols will assist opening the car door for your child’s arrival. Cars are not permitted on the bus ramp during arrival or dismissal times. Our morning information news show begins promptly at 8:30 am with teacher instruction beginning at 8:32 am each day. It is important that your child arrive at school between 8:00 am and 8:25 am. Safety patrols leave their posts at 8:25 so that they arrive in their classroom for the morning news program. Please make sure your child arrives at school by 8:25 am so that they can be in their classroom ready to learn by 8:30 am.
Early Check Out
For the safety of all students, children may not be checked out of school between –
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Mon / Tues / Thurs / Fri
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm – Wed
If you need to pick up your child early from school, please do so before 2:00 pm (1:00 on Wednesdays). Anyone checking out your child MUST be listed on the Student Information Form in our office. He/She MUST also show a picture ID. There are no exceptions. Please contact our office to add additional people to the Student Information Form for picking up your child if necessary.
Change in Afternoon Transportation
If you need to change the way your child goes home in the afternoon, we must receive a written note or email from your listed email address to your child’s teacher and to WCES Transportation before 2:00 pm (1:00 pm on Wednesdays). We cannot accept phone calls for those changes. Changes in afternoon transportation should only be for emergency situations. Thank you for your understanding.
Afternoon Parent Pick-up Procedures
Parents who wish to pick up their child at dismissal must use the west entrance. Cars are not permitted on the bus ramp during arrival or dismissal times. Cars will line up along the sidewalk near the school, back to the cafeteria loading dock, and then back along the entrance drive. A staff person will assist with helping “weave” the cars through the parking lot so that all traffic can be stacked off of SR 16. Parent Pickup cars MUST have a “Parent Pickup Card” attached to their rearview mirror. If your car does not have a “Parent Pickup Card” (available at Orientation or from the school office), you will be required to show appropriate ID and may have to check your child out at the office. Students will be called to line up at a numbered cone. As cars move to those cones, a student patrol will open the door for your child to enter your car. Please use your turning signal when exiting the campus to assist the PSA directing traffic on SR 16.
Please be advised that we communicate with our parents and community through this web site and through the Alert Now notification system. Teachers send home weekly newsletters. Please check this web site on a regular basis. It is important that we have the correct contact numbers for parents at all times. Please contact Ms. Thomas with any questions.