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A Day in the Life of a Lake Joy "Lion"

From 8:00 a.m. to 8:20 a.m., our students get their materials and desks ready for instruction. Homework is turned in and any messages or notes are given to the teacher. Students complete morning work during this time that often includes writing in their agenda, journal, and the problem of the day. Breakfast is served in the cafeteria from 7:45 a.m. to 8:20 a.m.

After morning announcements are made, students are given the opportunity to pledge allegiance to the flag, and then the instructional day begins. If your child arrives after the starting time of 8:30 he/she is considered tardy. Please sign your child in at the office. We appreciate you having your child here on time.

Students may enter the building at 7:45. The doors will be unlocked at 7:45 when the bell rings. No one is available to supervise students before 7:45. Students may not be dropped off at a door to wait for the 7:45 arrival time. Students arriving in cars will enter from the front doors in the center hall. Students arriving by bus will enter the building through the back doors in the center hall.

Prior to 8:00 all students will report to the gym unless they are eating breakfast. They will sit by grade level in the designated area. Students are subject to the authority of the adult on duty. Students will be released to homerooms at 8:00.

A LJE staff member will be on duty at the car ramp and on the bus ramp to receive students at 7:45.

  • Please use courtesy for the others in the car line.
  • Park only in designated spaces. No cars should park blocking the line or the ramp.
  • All students should be released from the ramp. No student should get out of the car prior to the ramp. This is for your child's safety.
  • Please refrain from cell phone usage while in the moving line.  If at all possible, students should sit by a door opening on the passenger side. Students are put in dangerous situations when they must cross between cars. Please watch for children who must enter the cars on the driver's side.

All students must be walked to the front of the building. No student will be permitted to enter from the side or back doors. Exceptions are students going to the classroom with a parent on the LJE staff.

Breakfast is served from 7:45 - 8:20. Please see the HCBOE Student Handbook for prices.

Instruction begins promptly at 8:30 a.m. Students arriving after the 8:30 bell must have an adult, preferably a parent, to sign a tardy slip in the office. No student will be permitted in class without the slip. Please review the attendance policy in the HCBOE Student Handbook about tardies and early dismissals. Please make extra time allowances during rainy days, since traffic tends to be heavier when it rains.

Students who are car riders will be dismissed at 3:30 p.m. at the bell. All students leaving earlier than 3:30 must have an early dismissal slip signed in the office by a parent. Please do not put your child's teacher in an awkward position by asking them to release a student early.

Please do not be offended if office personnel ask for a photo ID when you are picking up your child early. The safety of our students is the primary concern.

Please inform the teacher, in writing, if your child is going home in a different way. You may write a note in the planner. No child will be allowed to go a different way unless you have sent written permission. If you call the office to change the normal transportation, you must do so before 3:00 p.m. No transportation changes will be taken over the phone for children with custody disputes. Do not e-mail a teacher with a change of transportation; teachers may not get this message until after dismissal time. Anyone picking up a student for an early dismissal is subject to an ID check.

Parents who get out of the vehicle to pick up a student:
1. Park in a parking space in the front of the building or the side of the building.
2. Go to an LJE staff member in the front of the building to inform them that you are taking your child (ren).
3. Have your Lake Joy Decal in hand.
4. Keep students close, not allowing them to run ahead to your vehicle.

Car riders will wait seated in the front hall until their names are called. All students are subject to the authority of the adults on duty. Parents should display the pick-up card in the front dash on the passengers� side. Names of the students, teacher, and grade level should be written in dark marker. This will make the dismissal go much more smoothly. Students will be called by a LJE staff member to stand by a numbered cone. Slowly move up to the appropriate cone. All students must be picked up by 3:50. Those not picked up by 3:50 will have to be signed out in the office. Your child's safety is our #1 concern at Lake Joy Elementary. In order to help the flow of traffic we ask that the procedures below be followed. The following solutions should help make drop off and pick up procedures safer for our students.

  • We will be giving all parents two decals which will let us know who you are picking up. Having decals in your windows or on the backside of your visor will help us move students as quickly as possible. Cars not having a decal will have to come to the office to check out their child.
  • Students must be picked-up by 3:50 p.m. each day. Students will have to be signed out in the office after 3:50.
  • PLEASE REMAIN IN YOUR VEHICLES; teachers will be assisting students to vehicles in the afternoons.
  • If you have a child who attends both LJP and LJE you will enter from Lake View Rd., drop off your primary child and then proceed to LJE. Please obey the stop signs. There is a two way stop sign located between the two schools. Once you have dropped off or picked up your child you will then continue south and exit onto Lake Joy Rd. In order to assist with the flow of traffic. We asked that all vehicles take a right onto Lake Joy to help with the flow of traffic. It may be impossible to take a left onto this heavily traveled road.
  • If you have only a LJE student and you are picking up or dropping off. You will enter from Lake Joy Rd. Drop off or pick up your child and then exit on Lake Joy. Again, please obey the two way stop sign. Working cooperatively will help us with our traffic flow. We ask that you also exit on Lake Joy Rd and take a right.  In order to pick up your child, you must pick up in the front of the building and have your card.

Our standard procedure is that the child goes home the same way everyday unless we have a phone call or note from you. At 3:00 p.m., all teachers are notified over the intercom of any changes in transportation. We begin releasing students at 3:30 p.m. Please help us with this by making sure your child's teacher has received a note from you or you have called the school with a transportation change. Our staff will do our very best to ensure your child gets home as you request.

Please remember that drop off and pick up times are the most hectic times of the day. With close to 1200 students attending both Lake Joy Primary and Lake Joy Elementary, drop off and pick up will be very hectic. We ask that you adhere to the procedures mentioned above. SAFETY is our #1 concern. With your help we can make dismissal procedures run smoothly and effectively this year. Thank you for your cooperation and support,