School Handbook

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Welcome to Janney! Please refer to the summer mailing, sent out in August, for detailed information.

School Hours

  • The school day begins at 8:35am.
  • We have a staggered dismissal:
    • 3:10pm for Pre-K and Kindergarten
    • 3:15pm for Grades 1, 2, and 3
    • 3:20pm for Grades 4 and 5
  • Before school supervision is provided by Janney+ on the Janney campus (7:30 – 8:40am). The school does not provide supervision of students on the playgrounds or terrace prior to 8:35 am. Students arriving before 8:35 am must be under the care of a parent or caregiver.
  • Afternoon care is available via Janney+ until 6:30 pm. The Janney Enrichment Program provides a range of exciting classes and activities from 3:30– 5:30 pm. Otherwise, students may not remain on campus to play after school unless under the direct supervision of an engaged and attentive parent or caregiver.


School attendance is required for all students who reach five years of age on or before September 30th of the current school year.
  • To report an absence, send an email to and your child’s classroom teacher with the detailed reason for the absence (e.g. sick with temperature or sick with strep throat), and please send the notice in a timely matter.
  • Students are considered tardy to school after 8:50 am. In these cases, proceed with your child to the front office to sign your child in and to receive a tardy slip.
  • Excused absences are when school-aged students are absent from school with a valid excuse and parental approval. Examples include:
    • Death or serious illness in the student’s family
    • Illness of the student (those absent due to illness for more than 5 days must provide a doctor’s certificate)
    • Observance of a religious holiday
    • Court appearances
    • Family time prior to a military deployment or after a military deployment
    • Medical reasons such as a doctor’s appointment (a doctor’s note is required). Please do your best to schedule these appointments outside of school hours.
  • If a student is absent, parents will receive an automated call/email from DCPS. If the absence is unexcused, parents may also receive a call from their student’s teacher. A set of progressive responses, as outlined by DCPS policy, will take place if a student has multiple absences. If a student has a regular pattern of tardiness, the parents will receive a phone call/email/letter informing them of this problem. Our goal is to support families in ensuring that these attendance guidelines are met.  Go to DCPS Attendance Policy page for more detailed information.
  • Early Dismissal: Parents need to send notes from home or email to teachers if an early dismissal is needed. This practice will assist the teacher in making arrangements so that disruptions in the school day are minimized and ensure the student receives any relevant homework or announcements before leaving for the day.  Parents, guardians, and other approved caretakers should report to the office and sign the Early Dismissal book before a student is allowed to leave the school grounds. In the event of an early dismissal, caretakers should not go to the classroom to pick up a child. The child will be called to the office and the authorized caretaker should wait in the front foyer.
  • There will be no early dismissal for students between 2:45-3:15 pm. This is one of the busiest times of the day when students are transitioning and reflecting with their classmates. If you need to pick your child up early, it must be done prior to 2:45 pm.

Morning Arrival Routine

  • Please respect the Safety Patrol students on duty and follow their directions as well as the directions of the staff.
  • Students who arrive before 8:35 a.m. must be accompanied by an adult or check in to the Janney+ before-care services. Students with adult supervision are allowed to use the equipment and play ball games until 8:30am. Please help to remind students after 8:30 that they should be in their lines, and all toys are in their hands and staying still.
  • PK and K students may access the building and their classrooms at 8:35.
  • Parents should say goodbye to students at their line spot.  Parents may enter with their student’s class if their child’s class is holding an Open House that day. In case of main office business or an appointment or meeting with a staff member, please go to the front entrance to sign in at the security desk and get a visitor’s pass.
  • Dogs must be on leashes and should be held away from the field and classroom lines, waiting to the side of the 42nd street stairs.

Indoor Arrival

In the event of inclement weather, we will use indoor arrival procedures, beginning at 8:20am. Students in Pre-K, 2nd, 3rd, and 5th grades should enter the gymnasium using the exterior glass doors. Students in Kindergarten, 1st and 4th grades should enter the cafeteria through the exterior door facing the blacktop. Staff members will be posted at these doors to welcome students and direct them. At 8:30am, students will be released to their classrooms.

Lost & Found

Looking for that brand new water bottle or winter coat that has suddenly disappeared? Check the Lost & Found which is located in the atrium by the door at the north side of the building. Kids can go look for lost items during the school day. During the school year, parent volunteers will contact families by email if labeled items are found with their kid’s/family name. Most lost items are unlabeled, and if they are not claimed after 4-6 weeks of being at the Lost & Found, items are cleaned and either recycled or donated. Please label your kid’s items. For help finding a lost item or to volunteer for Lost & Found, contact 5th grade parent Clare Coleman.

Use code JANNEY10 to order labels from Mabel’s Labels and earn money for Janney while helping your children keep track of their stuff!

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