What time does school start each day? School begins at 7:15 a.m. The tardy bell rings at 7:20 a.m. Announcements are made at 7:30 a.m.

What activity classes does Luther Branson offer? Our students attend p.e., computer, music, and library each week.Fourth and Fifth grade students may also choose to audition for Honor Choir.  Students may also participate in the 1-mile and 5K races throughout year. Check with Coach Moen for more information on the races.

 

How can I keep informed about my child's progress? Your child's teacher will send home a newsletter each week and you may also check the teacher’s website for updates. We encourage you to sign up for "Active Parent" (3-5) so you can have access to your child's grades at any time. See your child's teacher or call the office for details on how to activate your account. Progress reports are sent home midway through each grading period. We highly encourage parent and home communication so feel free to write a note, email or call the office for a parent/teacher conference.Please check folders nightly for homework and behavior information.

 

What’s the policy for check-ins and check-outs? School attendance is very important to the academic growth of students. Every minute counts and we want our students to be present at school each day-the entire day. If a student arrives after 7:20 a.m., an adult must sign him/her in. Please refrain from checking students out any time after 1:30 p.m.

 

What do I need to do if my child is absent? Your child must return to school with a doctor’s excuse and/or written parent note. If a student is absent, Mrs. Jones, the data clerk, will call to check on your child the day(s) of his/her absence.

 

If I have a transportation change for my child, what procedure do I follow? We would like to limit changes of transportation during the day for safety reasons. In the event that you must change your child's afternoon transportation, please contact the front office at 601-859-2743 before 1:45 p.m. or you may send a written note with the new address that you would like to child to go home to.

 

What is the policy on transportation? Parents are strongly encouraged to use bus transportation as often as possible. The transportation company, First Student, will coordinate bus routes, times, stops and drivers. Bus routes are published in our local newspapers a week before school begins. Buses load and unload in the front and west parking lot of the school. Teachers and staff are located around the front and west parking lots to assist students boarding buses. Contact First Student at 601-859-1633 with any questions about transportation.

 

Who do I call to report issues with my child's bus transportation?
First Student is the contract provider of bus service for Madison County schools. We urge you to promptly report any and all concerns or problems to them at 601-859-1633.

 

What do theterms "Common Core" and "MAP" testing mean? Madison County has adopted these national assessment programs to align our students with all students in the nation. It allows us to target specific strengths and weaknesses in our students. If teachers can identify an individual student's needs, then it is beneficial in planning instruction. Your child's teacher can conference with you about your child's results. We will be testing throughout the year to access growth.

 

What time does breakfast begin? Breakfast is served from 6:50 a.m. to 7:10 a.m. All students must exit the cafeteria when the first bell rings at 7:15 to begin class.


Is the school prepared for emergency situations?
Your child's safety is very important, which is why Madison County Schools practice safety drills. During a fire drill, students learn how to walk out of the school building quietly and quickly with their teacher. Students return to class when the fire drill is finished. Mississippi sometimes has tornadoes (rain storms with strong winds producing funnel clouds). During a tornado drill, students learn where to go in the building to protect themselves by kneeling on the floor and covering their heads.

Should weather ever become serious enough to warrant cancellation or dismissal of school, that decision would be made by our school superintendent and an announcement would be published to all news agencies as soon as it becomes available. Please check your local television station or radio as well as this website for the latest information.

 
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