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School Attendance/ Schedules



SCHOOL ATTENDANCE POLICIES  (Also see district Attendance, Tardiness and Truancy Policy at back of handbook)

STATE LAW: Every child between six and sixteen years of age shall attend the public school within the district or public school outside the district to which he/she is assigned.

Good attendance and punctuality are necessary for students to be successful in school. Students are required to be in school on a daily basis, and they should only be absent in the case of illness or extenuating circumstances. 

Students are expected to be on time for school each day and ready for class to begin at 8:35 AM. All students arriving after the start of school must be signed into the office by the parent prior to attending class. When your child is absent, please call the school office before school starts to verify his or her absence. You may leave a message on the answering machine if calling before 7:30 AM or after 4:00 PM each school day. You may also send an e-mail to cboyle@sau10.org to notify the school of your child’s absence. If your child is going to be absent for an extended period of time and you want their work sent home, please contact the school in the early morning or preferably the day before, so that the material can be prepared for you to pick up or have it sent home with another prearranged individual.

Student attendance at school is the responsibility of parents and the student, and is mandated by NH RSA 193:1. In order to assist families, the school will keep a record of absences and inform parents of any unexcused absences. Absences are classified in two categories: excused absences or unexcused absences.

- Illness
- Family emergencies (of an unforeseen nature)
- Doctor or dentist appointments
- Death in the family 
- Subpoenaed court appearance
- Principal approved absences 
- Truancy
- Suspension from school 
- Absences not accompanied by a call or note from a parent/guardian
- All absences not covered under excused absences

Any student who has a considerable amount of unexcused absences can expect any or all of the following:

- Phone call and/or letter home to parent/guardian informing of excessive absences

- Formal meeting with the parent/guardian and student

- Mediation regarding absences and a plan of action

- Referral to school district social worker Court involvement for truancy 

Any student who fails to attend 165 days of school within any academic year will be subject to an administrative review by the principal before the student can be considered for course credit or promotion regardless of grades.

Under the compulsory education statutes of the State of New Hampshire, school attendance becomes an obligation. However, if physical, mental, or emotional factors seem to preclude the fulfillment of the requirements, it will be the responsibility of the Superintendent to make appropriate recommendations to the Derry Cooperative School Board regarding the child’s attendance.


All students shall be released only to the child’s parent or designated representative as listed on the student’s emergency card or by advance written notice. Parents requesting the release of their child prior to the 2:55 PM dismissal time need to report to the office. The child will then be called to the office, ready to go home. Parents should not go directly to the classroom to pick up their child. A sign-out log is provided in the office to record students who are dismissed early. The time of dismissal and the parent’s signature will be recorded. Once this information is logged, the student and parent may leave the building together.




8:20 AM        Student Arrival for Grades K thru 5 - Students Head Down To Classroom/Breakfast Program

8:35 AM        School Begins With Morning Announcements

12:00 PM      Afternoon Session Kindergarten Arrival 

12:10 PM      Afternoon Session Kindergarten Begins

Children who are walkers should not arrive at school prior to 8:20 AM at which time children are supervised by East Derry Memorial School staff outside their classrooms. Parents wishing to drop off their children at school should do so from the inner parking loop beginning at 8:20 AM. Crossing guards are posted at the crosswalk at this time.



11:10 AM      Dismissal for Morning Session Kindergarten

2:55 PM         Afternoon announcements begin. 

Dismissal begins for Full Day and Afternoon Session Kindergarten and Grades 1-5. Walkers, Extended Day Students and car pick up are dismissed followed by bus riding students. 






The school day at EDMES is from 8:35 AM to 2:55 PM. Any student arriving after 8:35 AM will be considered tardy and parents/guardians must accompany their children into the school office to sign them in and fill out a pass. Out of consideration to the teachers and other students, please do your best to have your child to school on time. Tardiness causes interruptions in the educational programs and in the study habits of other students.


GRADE               LUNCH                        RECESS                 

Grade K               10:45-11:10                   1:15-1:40

Grade 1               11:10-11:35                   11:35-12:00                                                                                                                       

Grade 2                10:45-11:10                  11:10-11:35                   

Grade 3               12:15-12:40                   12:40-1:05                          

Grade 4               12:40-1:05                     12:15-12:40          

Grade 5               11:50-12:15                   12:15-12:40      


It is the intent of the Derry Cooperative School District to keep school in session under most weather conditions. However, if severe weather conditions are known by 6:00 AM, school will be closed or a delayed opening procedure will be followed.

Power Announcements

Our school has the capability of sending phone messages to parents in the event of no school, delay or early release. This is called Power Announcements. However, you will only be notified if the phone information that you provided to the school is accurate. Thus, it is important for parents to notify the main office of any changes in home or work phone numbers.


We encourage you NOT to call police and fire departments during inclement weather conditions. These agencies must keep their telephone lines open for emergencies that usually accompany storm conditions. We encourage you to use the radio and television stations listed below. 

                    DCSD Website                       http://www.sau10.org/

                   DCSD Twitter                        @derryschools

                   DCSDTV                                Channel 6

                   Radio Stations                        WGIR AM 610/ WZID 95.7

                   Television                               WMUR-TV  Channel 9

                   Internet                                  www.cancellations.com


In some instances following a storm or early morning ice conditions, it may be advantageous to announce a delayed opening. The Snow Phone, Channel 30, Radio and Television stations will carry the announcement from 6:00 AM to 8:00 AM. The delayed opening schedule will be as follows:

School 90-Minute Delayed Opening

Pinkerton Academy 8:45 a.m.

Middle Schools 8:45 a.m. (GHHMS) 8:50 a.m. (WRB)

Elementary School 10:05 a.m. (No AM Kindergarten)

School bus schedules can be determined by adding 90 minutes to regular bus route pick-up times. For example, if your child is usually picked up by the bus at 7:30 AM, then he/she would be picked up by the bus at 9:00 AM when there is a 90-minute delay. When arriving at school, students will go directly into the building. 

Parents are expected to use discretion when deciding whether to send children to school on a stormy day. Age of students, location within the town, availability of sidewalks, and distance from school are factors that vary for each family. Each family is therefore in the best position to exercise judgment whether to send children to school on days when weather conditions are questionable, though not severe enough to close schools.


On scheduled early release days (see school calendar) there will be no Afternoon Session Kindergarten classes, and Morning Session Kindergarten students will be dismissed at 10:45 a.m.; other students will be dismissed at 12:55 p.m. On occasion, when unforeseen weather conditions pose safety concerns, the school day is shortened and students are released earlier than scheduled. Announcements will be made on the local TV/radio stations listed below (see School Closing). Parents must have an alternate plan for dismissal for their child, on file at school, in the event an early dismissal occurs. Unfortunately, the school is not equipped to telephone parents of individual students for directions in this matter.