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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I visit or volunteer in my child's classroom?

Yes, of course! We welcome and encourage parental involvement. When you arrive at Ranch Elementary, to visit or volunteer, please sign in at the school office. We will issue you a visitor or volunteer badge and provide any special instructions. Your participation sets a wonderful example for our students. We appreciate your interest and involvement.

When will I have a conference with my child's teacher?

Parent/Teacher conferences provide an opportunity to discuss your child’s progress and unique needs. We encourage you to work with the teacher in finding the best way to meet your child’s personality and learning style. You will receive notification of scheduled conference dates via student notices and our school calendar. You may also contact your child's teacher to schedule an appointment whenever you feel the need. Involved parents are a vital part of every student’s education.

How can I stay informed about my child's studies and school events?

This website provides all the latest school announcements, policies, and updates. We also publish our school calendar and newsletters here. We support and encourage open communication between your home and our teachers. Call our school office with any questions.
We’re here to support you and keep you informed.

What if my child is absent or tardy?

If an absence is unavoidable, please call the school office as soon as possible. If we do not receive a call by 9:30 a.m., the attendance clerk may call to inquire about the student's status. We want to confirm that if your child is not at school, he or she is safe and supervised. If we are unable to reach you by phone, your student should present a note, signed by the parent, to the office which states the date and specific reason for the absence. We allow students the same number of days to make up daily assignments as the number of days missed. We ask parents to request make-up work at least 24 hours before they intend to pick it up.

At what time should my child arrive and depart Ranch Elementary?

Ranch students cannot be on campus prior to 7:55 a.m. Students should leave the school grounds immediately at dismissal time, unless they are participating in an afterschool activity and have parental permission.

What is the dress code at Ranch Elementary?

We believe that our students' appearance is an important part of the learning environment. We encourage our students to avoid any potentially distracting, or harmful, clothing and accessories.
Should you have any questions please call our school office, or consult the family handbook. For your convenience, you can find a copy of our family handbook under Parent and Student Links on our Home page.

Can my child eat lunch and/or breakfast at Ranch Elementary?

We serve breakfast to all students between 7:55 - 8:15 a.m. each school day. The cost of breakfast is $1.25 per day. Students may purchase a lunch from the school cafeteria or bring a lunch from home. We encourage parents and students to prepay for school lunches. Parents, you are now able to pay for school lunches on-line at EZSchoolPay.com. Lunches cost $2.65 per day. We also offer free and reduced priced lunches to qualifying students.

Parents, we invite you come and enjoy a meal with your child. Please sign in as a visitor in our school office before meeting your child for lunch.

What is the grading scale at Ranch Elementary?

We invite you to observe and participate in your child’s progress by visiting the classroom. Please e-mail or visit your child's teacher if you have any questions about grades or the grading scale. We send report cards home with the student at the end of every 9-week grading period.

A 90-100% Exceeding the standard
B 80-89% Meeting the standard
C 70-79% Barely meeting the standard
D 60-69% Approaching the standard
F 59% & below Falls Far Below standard

What books or supplies does my child need?

We provide all textbooks and supplies to our students at no cost. Ranch students take responsibility for the care of their textbooks and supplies. We greatly appreciate donations of classroom supplies such as pencils, paper, and notebooks. Contact your child's teacher or the school office for specific needs.

What if my child needs medication or becomes ill at school?

The best place for an ill child is at home in the care of an adult. We will notify you if your child becomes ill at school. The health professional does not diagnose illnesses. If your child is ill or injured, please consult a doctor before sending your child to school.

Please complete a Medication Release Form in the school office if your child needs to take any medication during the school day. We do not dispense medication without a written order from a physician or parent. We require that students keep medicine in the school health office, in the original prescription container, with the student's name on it. The health professional will call your child out of class when it is time to take the approved medication.

What are the guidelines for cell phones and pagers?

Ranch students do not use their cell phones during the school day. Students report to the school office to make any emergency calls.

What is available for early childhood education?

Please visit the Community Education Preschool/Daycare Options page on the District website.