FAQ

  • Can I eat lunch with my child at school?

    Parents are always welcome to eat lunch with their child.  You must check into the office prior to meeting your child.  Be sure to verify the time for your child's lunch especially for days in which our normal schedule is disrupted.  

    Do I need to contact the office when my child is going to be late or absent?

    For the safety of your child, parents are required to notify the school office anytime a student must miss school for any length of time.   If it is necessary for a student to stay home due to illness or other reasons, the student’s parent/guardian must call the school office at (573) 632-3400 by 8:00 a.m.

    When can my child be dropped off?

    School doors open at 7:00 a.m. each day. There is NO before school supervision provided for students until 7:00 a.m.  There will be teacher supervision at the side doors each morning beginning at 7:00 for student drop-off.

    Where do I drop my child off?

    Parents are to drop off students at the side doors of the school by the gym.  

    What is the process for dropping my child off?

    Please follow the directions of the staff supervising traffic in the mornings. For safety and efficiency, we ask that each line of traffic please pull forward to the orange cone before stopping and unloading your child(ren). 

    If you have to put your car into park to help your child out of the car in the mornings, the procedure is to pull into a parking space and let all other cars continue to unload. 

    Where does my child go once they enter the building?

    7:00-7:15 - Students will sit in assigned classroom rows in the gym.

    7:15-7:45 - Students will go directly to classrooms.  Breakfast will be served in classrooms.

    7:45+ - Students should report to the office with their parent for a tardy pass.

    When are car riders dismissed?

    At 2:35, the “car riders” are dismissed to the gym.  All students being picked up in cars meet in the gym and wait for their names to be called to exit the building.   In order for your child’s name to be called, drivers must be able to present school personnel with correct card for dismissing students.  Vehicles without the correct card, will have to report to the office.         

    Where do I get the cards that are required for car rider pick up?

    Parents will be given cards at Open House. You may request additional cards from the office if necessary for your family situation. You must have the card with you as part of the pick up process.  Students will not be called out without the card. This is strictly for safety measures.

     

    What is the procedure for picking my student up as a car rider?

    From Pioneer Trail Drive, you will turn onto Wilderness Court.  Please do not block the driveway entrances to Castleparke Residential Care - the two areas marked with yellow stripes must stay open at all times for emergency purposes. Three lines will need to start forming along the side of the school (gymnasium side).  There will be an orange cone at the beginning spot for each line. When you are in the car line to pick up your student, a staff member will come to your car to identify the student needed.    If you are picking up more than one child, you will have more than one card. **ONE CARD PER CHILD. **                                                                               

    If my student attends YMCA After School Care, what is the earliest that I pick them up from the cafeteria?  

    You will be allowed to go to the cafeteria at 2:45 P.M.  YMCA staff will supervise students in the cafeteria and other designated areas of the school until parents or guardians are able to pick up students.  YMCA Staff will have parents sign out students each evening. 

     If you need your student to leave earlier, be sure to contact the office by 1:45 to let them know your student should be a car-rider, and you can then pick them up in the car-rider line at dismissal time.

    When are bus riders and walkers dismissed? 

    At approx. 2:45 p.m., the bus riders and  walkers will be dismissed. Safety Patrol and staff are present to supervise students loading on each of the buses we use for our Pioneer Trail students.   

    Walkers will be supervised crossing the street to go down the hill towards Apache Flats and another group will walk up the hill towards the roundabout.  A teacher/safety patrol member will supervise them to the edge of the school property. 

    Can I get my child off the bus during the loading/dismissal process? 

    Not unless it is an extreme case.  Attempting to retrieve a student off the bus at the last minute is confusing to the child, the bus driver,  and often the staff supervising the buses. If you want your child to be a car rider instead of a bus rider please call the office by 1:45 p.m., and we will let the teacher and student know in advance. 

    What is the latest time that I can pick my child up after school?

    At 3:00 p.m. any “car riders” who have not been picked up on time will be brought to the office, and parents will be contacted to pick them up. It is expected that students will have departed from school grounds by 3:05 p.m. Exceptions to this may be those students involved in YMCA After School Care or activities under the direct supervision of a sponsor or teacher.  The principal will contact the parents of any students who are repeatedly late being picked up from school.

    What are after school care options I can consider?

    After school care options may include:  YMCA - on site at Pioneer Trail available until 5:30P.M. or Boys and Girls Club at the Knowles YMCA until 6:00 P.M. (students bused from P Trail to Knowles).

    For more information on the cost of available before or after school care programs, please reach out to the Boys & Girls Club or the YMCA. The fee structures may vary depending on household income. Financial assistance or scholarships may be available.  Information can also be obtained on the district website.

    Can you request a teacher?

    Due to the number of students enrolled at Pioneer Trail and the detailed process we follow for creating class lists, we will not  be able to honor requests for specific classroom teachers. It is our belief that all of our teachers are highly qualified to work with each child that is placed in their care for the school year.  

    Can we hand out birthday invitations at school?

    Invitations to personal birthday parties MAY NOT be given out at school or on school grounds to a few select individuals.   If ALL students in the classroom are being invited, then it will be permitted.   We do not want to cause hurt feelings with students that may be potentially left out of the invite.

    Can we send birthday treats for our child?

    Students may bring store bought, individually wrapped treats to share with their classmates on their birthdays.  Please consult your child’s teacher regarding the number of treats and the best time to schedule the treats.   Please do not send drinks or items that have to be cut and served.