School Hours and Breaks:
The total number of days in the planned school year shall not exceed 190.
Not less than five hours in each school day, or in the case of Infant I and II – four and one half hours, shall be devoted to instruction. The hours of instruction shall be divided into two sessions with one interval of not less than one half hour between sessions.
It shall be the duty of the Principal to:
(A) Investigate the cause(s) of recurrent absenteeism, and decide on the appropriate action to be taken.
(B) Use initiative in minor cases, in collaboration with school and home to secure regular attendance at school.
(C) Ensure the observance of the school attendance rules through counseling and consultation with pupils and parents.
The Board of Governors, or the Principal, shall comply with any notice from the health authorities requiring them for a specified time with a view to prevent the spread of disease, either to close the school or to exclude any pupil from attendance.
It shall be the duty of the Principal to quarantine from school any child suffering from any contagious or infections diseases or who comes from a house where such is known to exist. The Principal shall immediately report every such case to the appropriate authorities.
Regular school hours are:
7:55am to 11:30am - Pre-K
7:55am to 1:10 pm - Kinder to Infant II
7:55am to 2:10pm - Std. I and Std II
7:55am to 2:20pm - Std III
7:55am to 2:30pm - Std IV to Std. VI
7:55am to 3:40pm - Std VI from Oct to May (PSE extra classes)
Parents are asked not to drop children off any earlier than 7:30am and not to leave them at school any lager than 4:00pm. These are the regular office hours of Belize Elementary School. The school will not be responsible for any students on campus at any hours other than between 7:30am and 4:00pm.
Breaks are taken as follows:
9:30am to 10:00am - Pre-K and Kinder
10:45am to 11:25am - Infant I – Std II
11:00am to 11:40am - Std III – Std VI
12:00pm to 12:40pm - Freshman - Seniors
In the event of excessive rain or bad weather, stay tuned to the local radio or television station between 7:00am and 8:00am for announcements and decisions about closing.
The types and exact dates of holidays shall be set out in the annual school calendar as issued by the Principal.
Christmas - three weeks
Easter - two weeks
Mid-year - July and August (both inclusive)
The Principal may, with the approval of the Board of Governors, grant special holidays up to a maximum of three sessions per annum.
Absences and Tardiness
It is essential that all students attend school regularly and arrive on time to begin the school day. Any student who arrives after 8:00 a.m. must report to the office for a late pass. Tardiness is recorded in the official attendance register. Parents will be notified after five incidents of tardiness within the same term. From Pre-K to Std. I, the child is marked absent for every incident of tardiness after this even if the child is in class. From Std. II to Std. VI, a demerit is given for each late arrival after this.
When a student is absent from school, the office must be notified before 8:30 a.m. The child must return to school with a note from the parents/guardian explaining the reason for the absence. Excessive absenteeism may jeopardize a student’s successful fulfilment of academic requirements. Students are responsible for all assignments and tests missed during times of absence. It is their responsibility to find out what they missed and to make it up.
If a student is absent for 33 days or more in any academic year he/she must repeat that year. This includes all classes from Pre-K to Std. VI. Exceptions may be made if the absence was due to a job transfer on the part of the parents, or some similar situation. In these cases the child must present reports from the school attended during the absences from Belize Elementary School and must be able to keep up with the class work upon returning.
A pupil who has not attended school for a period of six successive weeks (unless on the grounds of ill health) shall have his name struck off the roll. If he returns subsequently he shall be treated as a new admission.
Early Dismissal Procedures and Deliveries
Parents are encouraged to avoid taking students out of school before the regular dismissal time. Should this be necessary, parents are asked to notify the office in advance and to report to the office to call for the child. No student will be dismissed from the classroom during regular school hours. If any person other than a parent or guardian is sent to pick up the child, this person must be identified in writing by the parents or guardian.
In order to protect the children, it is important that all parents, guardians, or visitors during school hours report to the office upon entering the school.
If there is a need to deliver lunch, a message, or forgotten equipment to your child, bring it to the office and not directly to the classroom.