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General Services


The Board of Education believes that each student can reasonably be expected to be responsible for his/her own behavior.  The school administration shall develop and disseminate rules of conduct, focusing on personal safety and respect for the rights and property of others, to be consistently applied in the classrooms and throughout the school.  Students who fail to meet this expected degree of responsibility and violate school rules may be subject to appropriate disciplinary action and more regulated supervision.

Discipline is most effective when it deals directly with a problem at the time and place it occurs, and in a way that is viewed as fair and impartial by the student.  Therefore, before seeking outside assistance, teachers will first use their best efforts to create a change in behavior in the classroom.  Disciplinary action, when necessary, will be firm, fair, and consistent in order to be most effective in changing behavior.


Visitors are always welcome. All visitors must report to the security desk before entering the school.  A valid identification card must be shown when entering the building. To speak to a teacher, an appointment should be made so as not to interfere with the instructional program. Teachers can also be reached by phone and email.


Throughout the year we have many opportunities to use parent volunteers.  Each class has three or four class parents who work together with the teacher to organize class trips, Parents’ Council events, and other school functions.  Parents may be asked to share their talents in many ways.  Parents have enriched our curriculum by being guest readers, bakers, and sharing their job experiences.


Parents are required to notify the school nurse of all absences or tardiness early in the day.  All absences need to be explained and must be in writing as well.

Homework will automatically be sent home when a child is absent.  There is no need to call the school to make such a request.


The supervision of morning bus arrivals begins at 8:40 a.m.  Since there is no supervision prior to 8:40 a.m.  We strongly urge parents not to send children to school earlier.

Parents who drive their children to school must use the roadway behind the Ann M. MacArthur Primary School.   Walk your child to the door before exiting the schoolyard.  No one is permitted to park in the spaces in front of the building until after 9:15 a.m. when the student drop-off is complete.

Dismissal begins at 3:05 p.m. Children who are not bused to or from school are dismissed from the exit nearest the field.  No child is released unless an adult is present to pick him/her up.
All children who are not bused to or from school are dismissed from the exit nearest the field.  No child is released unless an adult is present to pick him/her up.


    The following policy was cooperatively developed by the Locust Valley staff to establish fair, reasonable and uniform procedures regarding class parties.

    Parents should contact the teacher if interested in arranging a birthday party.

    • No carbonated beverages are to be allowed for any parties in the classroom.
    • Birthdays – One snack such as cupcakes, cookies, or donuts and a non-carbonated beverage are optional.  Please provide cups, plates, and napkins.
    • Holiday parties will usually be held in the afternoon.
    • Invitations and birthday party thank you notes, as well as gifts, to private parties may not be handed out in school.