General Info


Absence and Illness

School Office Hours: 8:15 AM-4:00PM

Classes in Session: 8:30AM-3:00 PM

To report illness or absence call the following numbers prior to 8:45 AM:

Greenville: Ms. Rakoff or Ms. Krone, School Nurses 472-7764

Seely Place: Ms. Duncan, School Nurse 472-8043

Jr/Sr HS: Ms. Pamela Assalone, Attendance Clerk 725-1543


Campus and Building Access

Visiting the Schools. We encourage you to visit the schools. There are many scheduled opportunities for visits. If you would like to visit at other times, please call the school secretary to make an appointment. All visitors should sign in at the school office.

School Grounds and Playgrounds. Community residents are welcome to visit school grounds when school is not in session. There is a 9:00 PM curfew; only individuals attending approved school events are exempt from the curfew.

Dogs. For the safety of our students, our staff, and all community residents who wish to enjoy the use of school grounds, dogs are not permitted on school property.

Loitering Policy. There is a 9:00 PM curfew; only individuals attending approved school events are exempt from this curfew.


Gifts to Teachers and Other School Personnel

Gifts to teachers or other school personnel from students or their families are not expected at any time during the school year. The Board of Education acknowledges, however, that students and their families often wish to give such gifts. It recognizes, too, that there can be educational benefit - i.e. lessons in giving as well as receiving - to their doing so.

Because the giving of valuable or costly gifts can seem an attempt by student or family to gain improper influence or unfair advantage and also can cause embarrassment to donors of more modest gifts or no gift at all, it is not allowed.

Gifts from individual students or their families to teachers or other school personnel are limited to token expressions of affection and appreciation(for example, homemade cards, crafts, baked goods or inexpensive purchased items).

Gifts from classes to teachers or other school personnel are limited in value or cost to $75 (in compliance with New York State General Municipal Law). To protect feelings, cards accompanying such gifts should be signed "From the Class," whether or not all class members contribute to them.

Messages

Cell Phones. All cell phones must be turned off during classes.

To avoid disrupting instruction, we must limit the delivery of messages to those of an emergency nature. If it is essential that an elementary school child call a parent/guardian during the school day, the child's homeroom teacher will make the call.

Should a parent/guardian need to leave a message for a teacher or a child, call the teacher and leave a voicemail message or E-mail the teacher. Email addresses are the first letter of the first name and full last name @edgemont.org., e.g., vkniewel@edgemont.org. All Edgemont staff are expected to return E-mail messages within 48 hours.

Medication

New York State has regulations for the administration of medication in school. The following steps should be taken if your child is in need of any medication, including over-the-counter medication, during the school day:

  1. The school nurse must have on file a written request signed by the physician and the parent.
  2. All medication must be delivered to the school nurse by the parent/guardian.
  3. The medication must be in the original container, as it is received from the pharmacist. Over-the-counter medication must be in the original container and be labeled with the name of the child and the description of dosage.
  4. The medication must be kept in the school nurse's office.

School Closings - Inclement Weather

School closings messages are posted on all school webpages.

Families will also receive an automated phone call at their home phone number in the event of a school closing or delay. If school must be dismissed after the school day has begun, families will receive calls at all home, work, or cell phone numbers on file. These phone numbers are taken from the Emergency Contact Form which is sent to you each year. It is imperative that you return this form to the school office. Any changes to phone numbers or emails must be reported as soon as possible to keep this information watch current.

You can also watch any of the following channels: WNBC: Ch. 4, www.wnbc.com or News 12, www.news12.com/WC.

Notice of Non-Discrimination

As a recipient of federal financial assistance, the Edgemont School District does not exclude, deny benefits to, or otherwise discriminate against any person on the grounds of race, color, gender, religion, national origin, sex, or on the basis of disability or age in admission to participation in, employment or receipt of services and benefits under anh of its programs, activities, whether carried out by the School District directly or through a contractor or any other entity with which the School District arranges to carry our its programs and activities. This statement is in accordance with the provisions of Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the Age Discrimination Act of 19675.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

For Section 504 and the Americans With Disabilities Act with respect to disabilities:

Name: Dr. Joseph Schippa, Director of Pupil Personnel Services

Address: Edgemont UFSD 300 White Oak Lane Scarsdale, NY 10583 Telephone: (914) 472-7769

For inquiries or complaints with respect to other forms of discrimination:

Name: Victoria S. Kniewel, Superintendent of Schools

Address: Edgemont UFSD 300 White Oak Lane Scarsdale, NY 10583 Telephone: (914) 472-7769


STUDENT REGISTRATION

Children who are bona fide residents of the Edgemont School District are entitled to attend school if they are at least five years of age by December 31 of the year they enroll in school and if they have not already received a high school diploma.

Before a child can enroll in an Edgemont school, he/she must be registered by his/her parent of legal guardian. Registration information is available in the Central Office of the District which is located on the campus of the Junior/Senior High School at 300 White Oak Lane.

In order to register a child to attend school in Edgemont a parent or legal guardian must provide copies of the following documents:

1. Proof of Residence

a. Lease, deed or signed contract of sale

b. A utility bill: Con Ed, telephone, or cable

2. Proof of the Child's Date of Birth

a. Original birth certificate or passport

3. Photo ID of Parent/Guardian

4. Completed Registration Affidavit

Note: A child who is eligible to enroll in the elementary grades (K-6) will be assigned to Seely Place School or Greenville School when he/she completes the residence process. Although a child is generally assigned to the elementary school closest to his/her place of residence, the District reserves the right to assign a child to either elementary school. In order to provide the best education for every Edgemont student, the final decision about a new entrant's school placement will be made following a review of enrollment in his/her grade.

For information about registration a child or children, please contact the Central Office, 300 White Oak Lane: (914) 472-7767. The Central Office is open 12 months of the year, but is closed on Fridays during July and August.

Publications

District Newsletter. The Edgemont School District Newsletter is published by the Board of Education and mailed to all residents periodically during the school at the District Office.year. It includes summaries of new policies and projects, an update of continuing projects, a calendar (including public hearings), general information about schools and school activities, and releases from the PTA, PTSA, Edgemont School Foundation, Edgemont Scholarship Council, and other education-related organizations.


All copy must be signed by the author and submitted in writing (typed, double spaced) to the editor.




Parking and Safety

Elementary Schools. All traffic signs must be observed at all times. Bus stop areas in front of schools must be left free of cars.

Do not double park. No parking is permitted in the traffic circles. Cars must wait in single file to drop off or pick up students at curbside, only in the designated areas. Do not permit students to cross in front of or behind parked cars. Adults must remain in their vehicles. Residents are expected to keep sidewalks free of snow, leaves and trash so that students can use them when walking to and from school.

Parents are requested to park only in designated areas.

Junior/Senior High School. The speed limit on school property is 15 MPH at all times. Parking is not permitted in the traffic lane in from of the Administration Building or Gymnasium. All cars are to be parked in the appropriate parking lots.

Motorized Vehicles. Motorized go-carts, motor bikes and mopeds are prohibited on the school grounds. Parents are responsible for compliance with this policy.

New York State Law on Helmets. Children under the age of 14 are required to wear a safety helmet while operating a bicycle, riding as a passenger on a bicycle or in-line skating. Children under the age of 12 months are prohibited from riding as passengers on bicycles. Any parent or guardian who fails to abide by this law may be fined up to $50.

New York State Law on Seat Belts. All front seat passengers and children between the ages of 4-10 must use seat belts. Additionally, children under the age of 4 must be restrained in federally approved child safety seats. Drivers and front seat passengers who fail to abide this law may be fined up to $100.

Air bags are not meant to take the place of a lap and shoulder belt. Children under age 12 and short-stature adults can be seriously injured or killed when an airbag deploys. Children should ride in the back seat in vehicles with passenger-side airbags. Seat belts are required on school buses hired by the school district.

New York State Law on Stopped School Bus. "A vehicle overtaking or meeting a bus, being used solely for the transportation of children to or from school, which has stopped for the purpose of receiving or discharging passengers, shall come to a complete stop, and remain stationary until such bus shall resume motion, or until signaled by the driver or policeman to proceed, providing such bus carries flashing red signal lights and signs designating it as a school bus are displayed as required by law."

Penalties for passing a stopped school bus can include a fine of up to $259, 5 points on your driver's license and/or 30 days in jail.