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Vernon Elementary
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Frequently Asked Questions

We value your time, so we’ve done our best to provide fast answers—all in one place. We’re happy to address some of your most frequently asked questions about our school here. You can also find information about school policies in the student handbook. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with your questions or comments.


How do I enroll my child at Vernon?

We are thrilled to welcome new members to our community! Please visit our Registration page for information about enrolling your child. You may also download and print a copy of the registration forms and bring the completed forms, together with the required documentation, to our main office.

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Does your school offer breakfast and lunch?

We operate an excellent nutrition program at Vernon. Our cafeteria serves both breakfast and lunch at no charge to our students. For more information, please review our Food Services page.

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What if my child requires medication during the school day?

We will administer medication in accordance with state regulations and with physician and parental approval. Please complete our medication authorization form (located in the front office), and bring medications in the original, labeled packaging to the front office.

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Do you provide transportation services?

We are pleased to provide our students with safe, reliable transportation to and from school each day. We consider bus riding a privilege and expect all students to adhere to the rules for their own safety as well as for the safety of others. For information on bus policies, schedules, and routes, please visit our Operations page.

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What are the school hours?

Arrival: 7:30–7:55 a.m.
Kindergarten: 12:00–3:30 p.m.
Dismissal: 3:30 p.m.
After-School Activities: 3:30–4:30 p.m.

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What do I need to do if my child will be absent from school?

If your child must miss school, please call the school office on the day of his/her absence. For information about attendance requirements and what qualifies as an excused absence, please refer to our student handbook.

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What if my child needs to leave school early?

A parent or guardian must sign out and pick up students at the front office.

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Do you enforce a dress code at Vernon?

We expect our students to dress in an appropriate manner at all times. Student dress may not present a health or a safety hazard, violate municipal, county, or state law, or present a potential disruption of the educational process. Generally, we do not allow:

  • Spandex, stretch cotton shorts, skirts, or dresses that measure more than three inches above the top of the kneecap when in a kneeling position
  • Torn, frayed, see through, or mesh clothing—even if worn over appropriate clothing
  • Spaghetti-straps or shirts and dresses with less than three inches of a sleeve, halter tops, racer-backed shirts, or backless dresses
  • Clothing that exposes any part of the wearer's midsection, even if covered with or by appropriate clothing
  • Clothing with any logo, writing, symbols, or numbers that reflect violence, malicious behavior, offensive language, sexual innuendo, drugs, alcohol, tobacco, gambling, or anything otherwise considered disruptive or gang related
  • Excessively baggy or large coats and sagging pants (i.e. gang-related, trench, or “goth” styles)
    • We define "excessively baggy" as pants being bunched at the waist under a belt, pants with a low-hanging crotch, pants that cover the feet of the wearer or drag on the floor.
  • Non-prescription dark glasses worn on the face or head, hats, caps, or other headgear unless designated for a specific purpose 
  • Pajamas or slippers
  • Spiked, studded, or chained clothing and accessories that may damage school furniture, including pocket knives
  • Exposed body tattoos and piercings (we allow up to two earrings per ear)
  • Students on school property or at any school activity to wear, possess, use, distribute, display, or sell any clothing, jewelry, bandana, emblem, badge, symbol, sign, or other item perceived as evidence of membership in or affiliation with a gang

In addition to these clothing restrictions, we also do not allow:

  • Laser pointers, lighters, or matches
  • Permanent markers or super glue
  • Gum
  • Energy drinks
  • Gambling games or devices
  • Sports equipment (all sporting equipment used on school grounds will be supplied by the school)

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Will my child have access to the Internet while on campus?

Students can access the Internet for homework and school-related research from our computer lab, library, and some classrooms under the supervision of qualified school personnel. We require all students to abide by our Acceptable Use Policy. We expect our students to behave responsibly on school computer networks.

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How can I get more involved?

We strongly encourage your involvement. Please take the time to introduce yourself to your child’s teacher and let him or her know that you’re interested in getting involved. Parents can also support their child’s education in some basic ways, including:

  • Encouraging your child to get plenty of sleep 
  • Offering a healthy diet, including a good breakfast (or getting your child to school early enough to eat breakfast in our cafeteria)
  • Helping your child get up in plenty of time for school
  • Providing neat, clean, comfortable clothes
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How do I donate my tax credit money to the school?

All you need to do is download and print the form located on the Tax Credit page, fill it out, and get it to us. You can make your contribution in person, or you may mail the form to us. We’ll mail you a receipt for tax reporting purposes.

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