School Policies

School Policies

Early Closings

In the event of an early dismissal from school due to storms, heating difficulties, etc., it is important, especially when parents are not at home during the day, that children be instructed where to go and what to do. Please keep in mind that when dealing with a storm situation, most people are aware of the possibility of an early dismissal. However, individual events such as heating breakdown or loss of water cannot be known to parents. As a result, it is important that each child be instructed as to what to do if school is dismissed early for any reason.


Discipline Code

The Board of Education authorized the administration of the schools under its direction to suspend any pupil where conduct endangers persons or property or is seriously disruptive of the educational process, or which conduct is a violation of a publicized policy of such board. School personnel are not desirous of suspending pupils or referring pupils to juvenile authorities. Instead, they are hopeful that parents will participate with them in helping children to become responsible for their actions. The discipline code call for your participation as a parent in determining the direction disciplining of your child will take when defacement, damage, destruction or loss of school property are involved.


Homework Policy

The Waterbury Board of Education believes that the learning process must be student-centered. Homework, which includes reading, writing, math, and research or project assignments outside the classroom, is an essential part of this process. It contributes to the development of good study habits, reinforces classroom skills, and increases the possibility of student success. The students' classroom teacher will assign all homework. The student's ability and grade level will be taken into account when determining the length of an assignment. Teachers in grades 1, 2, and 3 shall assign homework in one subject each night. Teachers in grades 4 and 5 shall assign homework in two subjects each night. Please make sure your child has a quiet, organized spot to do their homework and that they have a routine to make sure homework is place in their book bag and brought to school the next day.


Attendance Policy

The Waterbury Board of Education requires all students to attend school on a consistent basis. Each student shall be present to participate in class instruction and to learn through interaction with faculty and their peers. When your child is absent from school, please call the main office and send a note to your child's teacher informing them of the reason for the absence. Acceptable reasons of absence are health, including illness, incapacity or doctor's visit, religious holidays, court appearances, funerals, approved school activities, suspension and limited absences from school for special activities with parent consent. Students are expected to make up all work missed due to absences within 3 days of returning to school.


Board of Education policy reads that "Any student enrolled in the Waterbury School System in grades K - 5 whose combined excused and unexcused absences exceeded 18 days automatically receives a grade of incomplete for all subjects. Failures due to absences may be appealed to an Appeals Board. Appeals must be made within 5 days of issuance of report cards. "The initiation of the appeals process is the sole responsibility of the parent/guardian of the student."


Tardiness/ Early Dismissal - For the purpose of tardiness and early dismissal, "excused" is defined the same as "excused" absence. A pupil who is tardy or dismissed early must report to the office before reporting to the classroom. Pupils are considered tardy or dismissed early if not in class when the bell rings. For every three unexcused tardies to school or for every three early dismissals from school, one unexcused day of absence will be assessed to the student's academic record. Regardless whether the tardy or early dismissal is excused or unexcused, the student must be preset in school for 4 1/2 hours in order to receive attendance credit for the day.

Washington Elementary School
685 Baldwin St
Waterbury, CT 06706
Phone: 203.574.8177

Fax: 203.573.6645