Policies and Procedures
Building schedule:

Teaching personnel report to school . . . . . . .8:25 AM
Pre-K through grade 8 school hours . . . . . . .8:30 AM - 2:55 PM
One - session day school hours . . . . . . . . . .8:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Students should not be in the building prior to the beginning of school unless attending an authorized activity. Breakfast is served in the classroom upon arrival at 8:30.  Therefore, it is imperative that students arrive to school ontime each day. Once students have arrived on school grounds in the morning, they are not to leave.

We encourage you to try and schedule your child's doctor and dental appointments around school hours. If this is not possible, you must come to the main office first to check your child out. If someone other than a family member is going to pick your child up, please let the school know.

Please wait outside for your children for afternoon dismissal. The teachers really need the last few minutes of school to complete the day's activities without distractions. The students are getting ready for the next day be clearing the desks, straightening the room, placing chairs on desktops, asking last minute questions about homework assignments for the following day.

No child is allowed to go behind the trailer or behind the main building without a responsible adult being present. No child is allowed to run, or play, on the trailer ramp, nor on either of the porches. Children are never to climb on the railings of the ramp and porches of the trailer.

Children must be picked up at the designated time on one-session days. Alert anyone that may be taking care of your child after school. School personnel are scheduled for meetings or training sessions, so they too need to leave promptly at 1:00 p.m.

Regular attendance is essential to success in school. Frequent absences disrupt the continuity of the instructional process. Therefore, it is very important that students attend on a regular basis.

State law requires consistent school attendance. If a student misses 20 or more school days per year, grade level promotion may be jeopardized. A student with frequent truancy may be reported to legal authorities. Please remember that a written note or a phone call explaining the absence is required when a student is absent.

We realize that there will be instances when your child may be tardy, but please avoid this whenever possible. Tardiness interrupts your child's instructional time. A note should accompany your child explaining the reason for his/her tardiness. If a student is tardy, he/she must stop at the main office before reporting to the classroom. Excessive tardiness may result in disciplinary action.

If you know in advance that your child will be absent from school, please notify the teacher and office. We try to work with parents on having students make up the work missed, however, make-up work is no substitute for classroom instruction. Parents may pick up make up work at the end of the school day.

Discipline issues for students riding the school bus will be addressed by the building principal.

Students are responsible for all textbooks and equipment issued to them during the school year. Families will be notified of the cost to replace the items. Report cards will be issued when all fines are paid. If the lost book or equipment is found, any money paid will be refunded.

We are very interested in your ideas and suggestions to improve our schools. Concerns involving your child's education should first be discussed with your child's teacher, then the principal.

FOOD SERVICE The goal of our food service is to provide a nutritious breakfast and lunch program for the students. Application forms and information regarding our free and reduced breakfast and lunch programs will be sent home with all students during the first week of school, or during registration.

If a family qualifies for free or reduced lunch/breakfast prices, they need to reapply every year during the 1st month of school. Failure to reapply will place the child on full-pay status for both breakfast and lunch.

In order for our students to use networked computers and have access the Internet, the parent/guardian and student must agree to the district's "Technology Use Agreement." Students are to use the Internet access and/or e-mail for school purposes only. Accessing chat rooms and inappropriate Internet sites are not permitted. Camden City Schools use a firewall that prohibits inappropriate sites from being opened.

Have your child check the lost and found box if he/she has lost an item. Please mark your child's personal belonging (coats, jackets, boots, overshoes, caps, etc.) with his/her name or initials so the items can be identified. The lost and found box will be emptied periodically throughout the school year.

All medications must be brought to the nurse's office by a parent or guardian. All medication needs to be stored in the nurse's office.

Prescription medications must be in a pharmacist-labeled container that specifies the student's name, the prescribing physician's name, the date of the prescription and the directions for use. (Pharmacists will give you an extra-labeled container for school if you ask for it.) Your child will be given medications only upon written orders from you private physician, detailing the diagnosis or type of illness, the name of the drug prescribed, and the dosage and time that the medication is to be administered.

We are a uniform district. Octavius V. Catto Community Family School students are expected to wear school uniforms daily.

Students need to dress appropriately for the weather and activities in school. Clothes that do not fit the child or create a distraction from the education of our students will not be allowed. Examples of inappropriate dress or grooming include: underwear that is visible, see-through clothing, halter tops and half shirts that expose skin on the stomach, extremely short skirts or shorts, bare feet, chains, pants that don't fit and are not worn at the waist, and clothes that display drug, alcohol, tobacco, gang affiliation/symbols, or inappropriate language. Hats are not to be worn in the building.

Shoes that have no protection for the feet area not allowed. A sneaker or a closed shoe would be appropriate. Wearing a pair of sneakers on gym days would be helpful.

New Jersey State law requires that any pupil entering school in this state shall be required to present to school authorities certification from a licensed physician that they have received a test for tuberculosis and adequate immunization according to the recommendations of the State Department of Health.

Also New Jersey State law requires that parents/guardians provide the school with a certified copy of the child's birth certificate. You will have 30 days to provide this to the school office.

Children entering kindergarten must be five (5) years of age on or before September 1 of the year in which they shall enter school.

From time to time your student will participate in a class field trip. His/her classroom teacher will provide you with all necessary information. Parent permission must be granted prior to a student traveling in a vehicle in or out of town.

Fire drills are held every year. Emergency information for fire drills is posted in each classroom. Teachers will review these with students. Fire Drills are used to practice exiting the building in case an emergency arises, and the building must be evacuated. Staff and students take this very seriously. We are asking parents for your help. If we are in designated areas, please do not remover your child from the line. This may cause other students to be confused and leave the fire drill practice. Please wait until your child is dismissed.


Parents and teachers are encouraged to initiate a conference anytime during the school year in the interest of the student. It is in your child's best interest to attend the parent/teacher conferences.

We encourage parent participation in our school. We ask that parents schedule all visits  in advance with individual classroom teachers. All visitors to the school must come through the front doors, check in at the security desk and in the main office. Visitors to the building will be issued a visitor's pass.  

If you are moving and are withdrawing your child from school, please notify the school by stopping in or phoning as soon in advance as possible. This will give ample time to complete the student check-out sheet. Your cooperation is always greatly appreciated.

Student progress through school is marked by a student's grade placement. A student's placement is based on a number of factors, including academic progress, age and maturity. If retention is considered, the parents and school staff will meet to determine the proper course. If the parents and school cannot agree on the best grade placement for the child, the school principal will determine grade placement. Parents may appeal the principal's decision to the Superintendent and the Board of Education.

Damage to school property through carelessness or malicious acts will be considered a serious offense, and the offenders shall be called upon to bear the expense of repairs and replacements.

We fully expect our children to accept the responsibility to take care of the building and the property, including the books and materials assigned to them personally. They should place book covers on all hardback books. The name and address of the child can be placed on the book cover.

In the event of inclement weather or closure for an emergency listen to KYW Radio. Our school closing number is 614. Local television stations also show school closings in the tri-state area.

In the event that school is called off for the day or that there will be a school dismissal prior to normal time, information will be available on above mentioned radio and TV stations.