What if my child is absent from school

Students are expected to be in school each day unless ill or unable to attend due to an unavoidable circumstance. When a child is absent for any reason, the parent or guardian should notify the school of the reason for the absence via email, phone call, or note explaining the absence. In order to code an absence as excused, the school is required to have note from home within two days of the child’s return to school.

The note should contain the following:

  • Date(s) of absence(s)
  • Specific reasons matching “lawful, excused absences” as determined by Public School Law
  • Signature of the parent/guardian 

PLEASE NOTE: A written note from a parent does not automatically result in an excused absence. The reason for the absence must be one of those determined by Public School Law.

Excused absences are: illness of student, death in the immediate family, quarantine, observance of a religious holiday, or court or administrative proceeding.

Unexcused absences include, but are not limited to, missing the bus, oversleeping, car trouble, lack of water, heat, or electricity, inclement weather, babysitting, trips, etc.

What are the standard arrival procedures

Parents are strongly encouraged to use the school bus transportation provided by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. If you do provide transportation in the morning, please do not go to your child’s classroom. Please remain in your car and let your child out of the car at the designated site. The arrival procedure will keep the traffic flowing in the morning. To help ensure safety, please refrain from cell phone use in the morning and afternoon carpool line. Selected staff members will be on duty to assist with the arrival procedures to ensure the safety of all students. Please have your child to school by 7:50. Our school-wide morning show begins at that time.

If you arrive to car pool after the 8:00 am bell, you need to park and walk your child into the office so you can sign them in tardy. There are no staff members on duty after 8:00 am, so this is a safety measure to keep your child supervised at all times.

What about bus stop procedures

School bus routes and stops are designated by the Superintendent, with the assistance of the Transportation Department, and will be no farther than 0.2 mile unless an exception is made because of safety factors. School buses will come to a complete stop at each bus stop; if no student is in sight, the bus will continue on its route immediately.

Students should arrive at the bus stop at least 10 minutes prior to the scheduled pick-up time. To allow for uncontrollable incidents, such as traffic delays, students should wait for the bus at least 15 minutes after the scheduled pick-up time before leaving the bus stop.

Parents are responsible for student safety at bus stops. Parents are encouraged to work together at bus stops to establish a phone tree for communication and to ensure that students have appropriate supervision while waiting for the bus.

Blythe's cafeteria expectations

We expect our cafeteria to be a reflection of proper manners and courtesies taught and practiced at home. Because of the large number of students gathered together, students are expected to display polite manners, use quiet indoor voices, and follow all cafeteria rules. Lunch visitors must stop in the office and get a visitor’s badge. Remember that anyone coming to eat lunch with his/her child must have supervised volunteer status.

What if there is a change in child's transporation

Parents are required to submit a transportation form (provided) to the school at the beginning of the year to indicate their child’s morning and afternoon mode of transportation. Whatever method you choose, we ask that you keep it the same to avoid confusion for your child, teacher, and office staff. If you have a special circumstance that necessitates a change, please send a signed, dated, note with your child that day.

We cannot change a child’s transportation without written notice from the parent. An administrator must process all temporary changes to a student’s mode of transportation. We must have these written requests by 1:45 pm in order to have enough time to process the change. Always inform the office in writing of any permanent change in your child’s transportation.

What is the checking-in and checking-out procedure from the school office

It is very important that students remain in class for a full daily schedule. Tardiness and early dismissals interrupt the instruction of all of our students. A student is tardy after 8:00 a.m. At that time, a parent or guardian MUST accompany the child to the office to sign in for the day and obtain a tardy slip.

If a student must check out during the day, a parent or guardian must come to the school office to sign out the child and present a valid I.D. Please do not call and ask that a child wait for you in the office. Office personnel will call for the student when you arrive. Continued early dismissals will be referred to the school administrators or the school counselor.

Children will only be released to individuals who are listed on the emergency locator card. Please be sure to list the names of all relatives or friend who have permission to pick up your child. NOTE: Students will not be dismissed after 2:15 p.m. Carpoolers must be picked up by 3:10p.m.

What if the school day is delayed or school is cancelled

Dismissal, or Cancellation of School

The Superintendent of Schools and/or the Board of Education may suspend the operation of any school(s) for particular days or portions of days in the event of emergency, hazardous weather conditions, or other conditions requiring the cancellation of classes.

Notification will be available by 5:30 a.m. via media announcements – television and radio stations, a Connect Ed phone message and the CMS website www.cms.k12.nc.us. Parents are encouraged to listen to the television and radio reports if they anticipate the closing of school. In the event of cancellation, all CMS-sponsored activities for students will be cancelled.

If weather conditions worsen during the day after children have arrived at school, local radio stations will make an announcement regarding early dismissal.

What is the dress code at Blythe

Students are expected to adhere to the standards of cleanliness and dress that are compatible with the requirements of a productive and safe school environment. A student’s appearance, mode of dress, or condition of personal hygiene will not be permitted to disrupt the educational process or constitute a threat to the health or safety of others. Therefore, the following is included in our student dress policy:

  • Clogs, flip-flops, and slip-on sandals are a safety hazard and are not appropriate for school.
  • Tennis shoes/sneakers must be worn to participate in Physical Education class each week.
  • The shoulder width of shirts or blouses must completely cover undergarments.
  • Spaghetti strap tops and tube tops are not allowed.
  • Net shirts, bare midriffs, or other revealing attire are not acceptable.
  • Short dresses, short skirts, or short shorts will not be allowed. Shorts and skirts must be fingertip length.
  • Pants or shorts must be worn at the waistline. No underwear shall be revealed.
  • Headgear, hats, or sunglasses are not to be worn on campus except for medical and/or safety reasons.
  • No clothing, jewelry, or buttons with letters, initials, symbols, or wording that is obscene, offensive, inflammatory, or detrimental to the instructional process are allowed.
  • No gang-related clothing, accessories, or symbols as identified by local law enforcement agencies will be allowed.