The following are best practices that we have adopted to keep our students, parents and teachers safe and keep our school running efficiently.
Each GCS family is responsible for meeting the expectations set forth in the school's best practices.
School starts at 7:55AM - students must be in the school building
School ends at 2:55PM for all students on Monday-Thursday, 12:35PM on Fridays for K-6 grades, 2:55PM for 7th & 8th grades
Every Minute Counts - Tardy Policy
To start the day off positively and productively, all students must be in the school building by 7:55 am.
If our child arrives tardy, a parent/guardian must park in the parking lot, accompany him or her into the main office, and sign the student in.
Parents, please DO NOT leave your car in the Kiss & Drop before the 7:55 am bell in the morning. This is the drop-off zone and cars must move in and out of it as quickly as possible, so all our students can be dropped off in a timely and safe manner.
However, you MAY leave your car in the Kiss & Drop after the 7:55 am bell in the morning. This is because -- after the 7:55 am bell -- you need to walk your child into school and sign in your student who is late. (At this point, most students have already been dropped off, so there is room to leave your car.)
THANK YOU to all parents and students for supporting our tardy policy. It is making a huge improvement in instruction time in our school!
Before School: Parents please make sure to drop your students off in the green drop off zones only. This is for your students safety. Students are required to be in class by 7:55 am.
During school: Parents if you need to bring your student anything, it must be brought to the front office and the administrative staff will make sure your student receives these items. This is both for student safety and to reduce interruptions in instruction time.
After School: K-6 Students will be released at 2:55 Monday through Thursday and at 12:35 on Fridays. 7-8 students will be released at 2:55 Monday through Friday. Please be prompt picking up students after school.
Visitors and Parents Protocol
For the safety of our students and the quality of our instruction....
☛ All parents and visitors must report to front office when students on campus:
- Tell office staff why you need to be in the school
- Sign in
- Wear visible visitor sticker during your visit
- Sign out
☛ To meet with a staff member, please make a scheduled appointment.
☛ After the first quarter (nine weeks), even kindergarteners are expected to walk to the kindergarten table in the cafeteria by themselves each morning.
(Parents may accompany students if report to the front office first, to sign in and wear a visitor sticker.)
It is important for your child to attend school - it's the law. Please visit the New Mexico Public Education Department's school attendance policy for specific information.
If you know in advance that your child will be absent, please notify your child’s homeroom teacher as soon as possible, as well as the front office staff. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (505) 467-3100.
If your child is sick, please email email@example.com with "Absent: (Your Child's Name)" in the subject line or call (505) 467-3100 as soon as possible.
Please note that notifying the school is required, but does not constitute an excused absence. Please visit the New Mexico Public Education Department's school attendance policy for specific information on excused absences and speak directly with Dr. Flint or Ms. Chavez if you have any questions about excused absences.
It is sometimes hard to know if a child is too sick to attend school. Children with the following should stay home:
Fevers of 100 degrees or higher
Vomiting or diarrhea due to illness
Bringing a child to school with any of these symptoms puts others at risk of getting sick. Students with fever should not return to school until the fever has been gone for 24 hours, without the use of fever reducing medication. Some of the decision to send your child to school, or not, depends on your child’s energy level and ability to participate in school. Click for more information.
Use of Electronics
Every GCS parent and student was asked to sign the GCS Personal Device Policy in November of 2015. Please speak with your child’s teacher if you did not receive the policy or have any questions.
To help Gonzales Community School be safer and to respect each other and our learning…..
☛ K-8 Student personal devices must be turned off from 7:55am to 2:55pm and placed in backpack or locker. Some teachers collect phones at the beginning of the day and store them until the end of the day. Each teacher will communicate their policy to parents.
☛ Personal devices include, but are not limited to, cellphones, gaming devices, and other handheld electronic devices.
☛ Field trips are a part of the school day and the same rules apply. Any exceptions during a field trip will be at the discretion of the staff member supervising the trip.
☛ Consequences for violation of any of the above:
First violation: Immediate loss of personal device until the end of the school day.
Second violation : Immediate loss of personal device until the end of the school day and parent comes to school to get personal device.
Third violation: Immediate loss of personal device until the end of the school day and parent comes to school to get personal device plus one week community service for the student.
Contacting Your Child During School
The GCS office cannot deliver non-urgent messages to your child during the school day. Please communicate with your child before and after the school day only.
If your child is not eating a hot meal from the cafeteria, they must bring their lunch with them at the start of the school day. Parents may not deliver a hot lunch to students at lunchtime.
Requests to pick-up your child early must be made in-person only. Phone call requests for early pick-up cannot be accommodated.
Thank you for keeping school disruptions to a minimum. Everyone benefits when the school day is not interrupted with non-urgent matters.
School Celebration Policy
All celebrations are scheduled on the first Thursday of each month (see school calendar).
All student birthdays are celebrated once a month on the first Thursday (if school is not in session, they will be celebrated on the second Thursday).
All celebrations are one hour, maximum.
Teachers choose the best time of day for the party in their classes. Snacks will be coordinated by each Classroom Representative.
Parents should talk with their child's classroom representative teacher before bringing in food to discuss student food allergies, teacher plans, etc.
Healthy snacks are strongly encouraged: fruits, cut up veggies, cheeses, whole-grain breads and crackers, tortillas, and delicious, cold, clean water.
Use toothpicks/utensils so that students are not touching each others' food.
Keep balloons, flowers, gifts, etc. at home—please do do not send or bring these items to school, as they disrupt the learning process.