Frequently Asked Questions
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What do I do if I need to pick up my child from school early

Student safety is our number one priority. Therefore, we need to have certain rules and procedures in place which must be followed by all:

  • A child will not be released from his/her classroom until the parent or guardian signs the student out in the office.
  • The adult must be known to the office staff or present proper identification.
  • Office staff will request the student be sent to the office to be released.

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Can I visit my child's school or class? What about other visitors?

All parents/guardians are welcome to visit Ellsworth Elementary at any time. However, we ask that you please follow these rules/procedures:

  • Volunteers are welcomed and encouraged, however, siblings or other children will not be allowed during school hours. 
  • As a courtesy, please notify the principal and teacher before visiting a classroom.
  • Policy requires that all visitors check in and out of the office and wear a visitor’s badge that is clearly visible at all times.
  • For the safety of our children, office personnel must be aware of the identity and the location of anyone on school grounds when classes are in session.
  • High school students on school vacation may volunteer in our classrooms. However, these students must have prior written parent and teacher permission and must remain with an adult at all times. High school students must also sign in and out at the office and wear a visitor’s badge.

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What if my child must miss school?

Regular attendance, as well as being on time to school, is critical to the learning process. To enable your child to be academically successful in school, please do the following:

  • Make every possible attempt to schedule doctors, dentist, or any other appointments for children at times outside the school day.
  • When your child is ill and it is necessary for him/her to miss school, it is very important that you notify the school at (480) 882-3520 no later than 8:30 a.m. Also, contact your child’s teacher for any missing assignments or work which will need to be made up.
  • You must contact the school if your child will be absent for an extended period of time. Unauthorized absences from school will be considered truancy and treated as such. If school officials are not notified after 10 days, the student will be withdrawn from school according to state law.

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What should my child do if he/she is late (tardy) for school?

If your child is late for school (after 8:05), he/she must report to the office before going to the classroom. The student will be given a pass to take to the classroom teacher.

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What recognition does Ellsworth give for students with good attendance?

Students with excellent attendance are rewarded with dogtags colored for each quarter at an award assembly.

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Is there a dress code at Ellsworth Elementary?

The responsibility for student dress and grooming is that of the student and their parents. The dress code is as follows:

  • Students may not wear clothing or hairstyles that can be hazardous to them in school activities.
  • Grooming and dress that are likely to create a disruption or disturbance of classroom order are not permitted.
  • Students are encouraged not to wear make-up.
  • Hats or caps are not permitted inside the school. When outside students may wear the hats/caps if they are worn squarely on the head with the brim facing the front.
  • Only 'natural' hair colors will be permitted.
  • Students must have their bodies adequately covered at all times. Short shorts, bathing suits, halter tops, midriff tops, tube tops, spaghetti-straps, undershirts, mesh or sheer garments, etc., are not considered adequate coverage.
  • Pictures and/or words on any garment or jewelry must be in good taste with nothing that is obscene, vulgar, or promotes anything that is illegal or considered gang-related.
  • Students will be required to remove jewelry or any other accessories that present a safety hazard, are disruptive to the class, or distracting to the student(s).
  • All clothing must fit...'sagging' clothes are not acceptable.
  • Students may be sent home if dress or grooming is inappropriate or disruptive.
  • Fridays are designated as 'School Pride Day'. Students are encouraged to wear the school colors, blue and red, or an Ellsworth Eagle shirt which can be purchased through student council.

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Can my child use the telephone at school?

Students will not be allowed to use the school telephone unless it is an emergency or a matter that school officials deem necessary. We believe it is a student’s responsibility to remember their homework, books, lunch, etc. Arrangements for any after school activities should be made with your child before he/she arrives at school.

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What items are NOT allowed at school?

  • The following items are not allowed at school: knives, weapons of any kind, cigarettes, tobacco products, drugs, gum, water guns, toys, baseballs, bats, roller blades, skateboards, portable radios, tape players, CD and MP3 players, cell phones, pagers, CDs, and pornography. Any aforementioned items, as well as any other items considered inappropriate, disruptive, or unsafe will be taken from the students.
  • Students are not permitted to bring animals to school. Special permission may be granted ONLY with written approval from a student’s parent and teacher. No animals are permitted on the school bus.

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What health services are provided?

  • Full-time health assistant
  • Full-time counselor
  • Vision screenings
  • Hearing screenings
  • We are also responsible for making sure our students are in compliance with Arizona law regarding immunizations. Therefore, we will be updating student records throughout the year and sending letters to parents advising them of any immunizations their child may require.

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What are the playground rules at Ellsworth?

  • Children are allowed to play in designated areas only.
  • No children are allowed on the playground without adult supervision. The school opens at 7:30 a.m. Children should not arrive before this time or loiter on the playground after school as there is no adult supervision.
  • No animals allowed on the playground.
  • No bicycles, roller skates/blades, scooters or skateboards allowed on the playground area.
  • Shoes/sandals must be worn at all times…no bare feet. 
  • No throwing sand or any other objects within play area which may cause injury.
  • No playing on wet equipment.
  • Students are not allowed to push other students on the swings.
  • No standing on swings.
  • Sit on swings appropriately and hold on with both hands.
  • No jumping off swings…stop the swing before getting off.
  • Don’t swing or twist empty swings.
  • Stand clear of moving swings to avoid contact and possible injury.
  • Slide down the slides with feet first only.
  • No running or walking up slides.
  • Slide down the slides one person at a time.
  • No standing/loitering at the bottom of the slides.
  • No pushing, running, shoving, or jumping on or off of playground equipment.
  • Climb using both hands.
  • No standing on top of climbing equipment.

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