School Operations & Attendance

School Operations & Attendance

2017-2018 School District Calendar

School Attendance: 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.  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.

Absences are classified in two categories: excused absences or unexcused absences. 

EXCUSED ABSENCES:                                                       UNEXCUSED ABSENCES:

 Illness                                                                                  Truancy

Family emergencies (of an unforeseen nature)                     Suspension from school

Doctor or dentist appointments                                           Absences not accompanied by call/note from parent/guardian 

Death in the family                                                              All absences not covered under excused absences

Subpoenaed court appearance

Principal approved 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    


School Residency Law: According to State Law RSA 193:12 ,  No person shall attend school, or send a pupil to school, in any district of which he is not an inhabitant, without the consent of the district or of the school board as herein otherwise provided.  In simpler terms, families must live in the East Derry region of Derry and remain residents of that Derry address to attend East Derry Memorial Elementary School. The Derry Cooperative School Board has adopted an aggressive residency policy to ensure that the taxpayers of Derry are not paying to educate children of residents of other towns.

School Registration Kindergarten students must be five years of age on or before September 30th of the year they are to enter school and shall enter at the beginning of the school year.  Registration begins in November and screenings/orientations are conducted in the spring at each elementary school.  Parents registering new students must present the following:

- Child’s original birth certificate

- Updated immunization records                                            

- Two legal proofs of residency                                                          

         - Physical examination: All students entering grade one must have had a thorough physical examination prior to entering school.  The     child must have the following immunizations: Polio (IF eIPV or OPV), Measles/ Mumps/Rubella (MMR), HIB, Hepatitis B and Varivax     (Varicella). 

 School Hours: School begins at 8:35am and ends at 2:55pm.

 Absences: 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 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.

 Tardiness: Students are expected to be on time for school each day and ready for class to begin at 8:35 AM. 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.  

Arrival & Dismissal:

SCHOOL ARRIVAL                

         8:20 AM      Student Arrival Begins for Grades K thru 5/ School Breakfast Begins

         8:30 AM      Arrival Bell

         8:35 AM      Tardy Bell/ School Begins With Morning Announcements

         12:00 PM    PM Kindergarten Arrival

         12:10 PM    PM 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 lot loop beginning at 8:20 AM.  School Staff & Crossing guards are posted at the crosswalk at this time.



             11:10 AM   Dismissal for Morning Session Kindergarten

             2:55 PM     Afternoon announcements/ Dismissal begins for All Students                                                              

Early Release: On scheduled early release days (see district calendar) there will be no Afternoon Session Kindergarten classes, and 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.

 Inclement Weather/ School Closing: 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. 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. Radio and Television stations will carry the announcement from 6:00 AM to 8:00 AM.  We encourage you to use the radio and television stations listed below.


                   DCSD Website         

                   DCSD Twitter                    @derryschools

                   DCSDTV                            Channel 6

                   Radio Stations                    WGIR AM 610/ WZID 95.7

                   Television                           WMUR-TV  Channel 9

 Power Announcement: Our school has the capability of sending phone/ email 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/email information that you provided to the school is accurate. Thus, it is important for parents to notify the main office of any changes to phone numbers and email addresses.

Delayed Opening: In some instances following a storm or early morning ice conditions, it may be advantageous to announce a delayed opening.

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.



Car Drop-Off Procedure Parents wishing to drop off their children at school should do so from the inner parking lot loop beginning at 8:20 AM.  School Staff & Crossing guards are posted at the crosswalk at this time. Students must be accompanied into the school by an adult if there is not a staff member present.  Cars should line up in a single file line and follow staff directions when dropping off their students. In an effort to make this process as safe and smooth as possible, we recommend students exit vehicles from the passenger side. Please DO NOT pull around another car at anytime during car drop off.

Car Pick-up Procedure Parents of car pick-up students will be given 2 EDD the Owl Pick-up permits to authorize the dismissal of East Derry student to the care of an adult. The permit should be hung from the rear view mirror where it easily visible. Permits should be given ONLY to those who are recorded on the Dismissal Plans Form in the office as authorized to pick up your child.  In the event that someone not listed will be picking up your child or if you are a parent who does not regularly pick up your children, please call the office and your child will be added to the car pick-up list for that day. This will allow them to go home with you or the person you have assigned.

Riding Bicycles to School Students in grades four and five only may ride their bicycles to school.  Bicycles must be locked in the rack provided when unattended.  All students riding bicycles must have written parental consent provided to the school office.  Forms for permission to ride bicycles may be obtained from the child’s teacher or from the office.

All bicycle riders should be instructed by parents to:

             - Use a bicycle helmet.

- Ride with the flow of traffic.

- Ride in a single line.

- Never ride a passenger.

- Always walk the bicycle on school property.

- Go straight home after school and “check in” before meeting friends.  

Skateboards and roller blades are prohibited from use on any school property or in any school building.  


Lost and Found Items The EDMES lost and found is located just inside the cafeteria doors at the coat rack. Most items that have been misplaced or lost should be placed there. Students and/or parents missing personal items should check at that location for missing belongings. More valuable items such as eyeglasses, phones, jewelry, etc. should be brought to the office. Lost and found items are displayed in the school lobby two times each school year (approximately parent teacher conference day/ holiday concert and at the end of the school year). Any unclaimed items remaining after these times will be donated to a local charitable organization.