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Fort Belvoir Elementary School
5970 Meeres Rd.
ph: (703) 781-2700
email web curator: Kathy.Murdock@fcps.edu
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
Grades K - 6:
Office Hours: 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday
Parents should make advanced preparations for children in the event of inclement weather schedule changes. Please listen to local radio and television stations, or visit the FCPS Current News website http://www.fcps.edu/news/emerg.htm, for decisions about school closings, delayed openings, or early closings. Avoid calling the school for this information. Special information outlining one-hour and two-hour delayed opening and early closing schedules for Fort Belvoir School has been sent home with each student. Please consult this schedule for further details.
We encourage you to review and update your child's emergency care information in weCare through your FCPS 24-7 account. Keeping your email information up-to-date in weCare ensures that you will receive Keep in Touch email notifications about Emergency Announcements (delayed openings, school closings).
Please note that if your child is already enrolled in our school and attended school last year, it is not necessary to re-enroll. Enrollment in the school continues from year to year until a child is officially withdrawn from the school.
To be enrolled in a Fairfax County Public School, a child must be residing in the county with a parent or legal guardian (court documents must be shown to school officials).
To register a student in Fairfax County Public Schools, parents must provide:
All necessary forms for enrolling a student in a Fairfax County Public School can be downloaded as a bundle that you can print and fill out to bring to the school. Go to http://www.fcps.edu/parents/start/ and follow the links to register a new student or kindergartner.
Please contact the school's registration clerk for more detailed information.
If you are military and are in the change-of-station process, you can contact the Fort Belvoir School Liaison for guidance in making the transition for your school age children. Children living on Fort Belvoir will attend one of three schools - Fort Belvoir Elementary, Walt Whitman Middle School or Mount Vernon High School. The liaison office can provide the information you need to begin the registration process for your children at any of those schools.
The Fort Belvoir School Liaison can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our students eventually attend Walt Whitman Middle School and Mt. Vernon High School. Click the links below to go to their websites.
When a pupil is absent, an excuse is requested from the parents. Parents are required to call the school, 703-781-2750, by 9:20 a.m. if their child is absent. We will call you, when possible, if students are absent and no calls have been received. Parents may call school the evening before to report their child's absence for the following day. The office phone line has a recorder to accept phone calls between 4:30 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. Call 703-781-2750.
All adult or student visitors must check in with the receptionist in the lobby or in the office before going to any classroom. Visitor name tags are provided once you have signed in and are to be worn by all visitors in the building. As part of maintaining the security of the students, the office will ask to hold onto your driver's license until you leave the building.It is hoped that this procedure will eliminate unauthorized persons from being in the school when the safety of children is of prime importance. Parents are welcome to visit the classroom but should make prior arrangements with the teacher for a time that will not be disruptive to instruction.
Bus transportation is provided for those children who live more than one mile from the school or when an unsafe situation exists. Students are expected to ride their assigned buses each day unless parents notify the classroom teacher in writing of alternate arrangements. School bus riders in Fairfax County are required to observe rules of safety and good citizenship while riding on a bus and while waiting at a designated bus stop. Any questions regarding bus transportation can be addressed to the Office of Transportation Services for the Mt. Vernon Pyramid at 703-329-3600. You may also visit their website at http://www.fcps.edu/fts/tran/contact/mountvernon.htm.
It is crucial that the school always have current emergency care information on file for your child with working phone numbers. If a child misses a bus, the school makes every attempt to call you. If you change work, home, or cell phone numbers, please update that information. As alternate contacts, please include people who are local.
Walking students should arrive to school no earlier than 9:05 a.m. and cross the streets at the designated crosswalks. When entering the school children should report to the cafeteria if they are eating breakfast or wait outside until directed to enter the building.
Parents who transport children to school in their private vehicles should use the designated "Kiss and Ride" loop for dropping off and picking students up. The "Kiss and Ride" lane is extremely busy before and after school. For the safety of your children, please be patient and drive carefully.
During the first weeks of school, students who are kiss and ride will exit through the cafeteria to the kiss and ride lane to be picked up in the area by the benches, which will be supervised by several staff members.
Within the first two weeks, parents of students who will use Kiss and Ride regularly will be asked to fill out a Kiss and Ride registration form. Once the form is processed, Kiss and Ride students will be assigned a number and parents will receive a card to display on the passenger side of the windshield when coming through the kiss and ride lane.
Once all numbers have been assigned and distributed, students will remain seated at assigned tables in the cafeteria until the staff member in the kiss and ride lane calls the staff members in the cafeteria to notify them of which numbers are in the lane. At that time, those students will be dismissed by number.
Students who rarely or occasionally use kiss and ride do not need a number. They will report to the cafeteria and be dismissed by name. The numbers are assigned only for students who come to kiss and ride frequently.
This system ensures that your children remain supervised safely inside the cafeteria until you or your childcare provider arrive to pick them up.
STUDENTS WHO NORMALLY RIDE A BUS OR WALK MUST BRING A NOTE FROM PARENTS TO THE TEACHER NOTIFYING THEM THAT THE CHILD IS TO GO TO KISS AND RIDE.
If you are late picking up your child and there is nobody at Kiss and Ride, you must park and go to the office.
NOTE: The front driveway is restricted to bus traffic and fire/rescue vehicles only.
Children in the fifth and sixth grades are eligible for the patrols. Patrols are expected to lead by example; good citizenship is a requirement for participation. Patrols can be identified by the bright yellow belt that they wear. Patrols are not disciplinarians, but students are not to disobey a patrol's instructions. Patrols usually remain on their posts about 20 minutes. Patrol posts and instructions are set by Fairfax County Police in cooperation with AAA.
Health services are provided to elementary school children through the Fairfax County Health Department and the clinic aide program. Health room attendants are employed and trained by the Health Department and assigned to schools. They are not nurses but do work under the supervision of a nurse.
We attempt to discourage the administration of medication during school hours and request, is possible, for medication to be scheduled for home administration. Children are not permitted to carry any type of medication to and from school or in school. Parents must bring the medication in the original container labeled and dated by the pharmacist. Medication to be administered for more than ten days requires a physician's order. Forms for this and for over-the-counter medicine are available in the school clinic, office, or from Fairfax County Public Schools Forms website in PDF format (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader). The proper form must accompany the medication on the first day it is to be administered. Medication must be brought to the office or health room and never left in the classroom, on the teacher's desk, or in student's lunch box or backpack.
In order to guarantee all students in our school the excellent educational climate they deserve, no student will be allowed to prevent a teacher from teaching or classmate from learning. No student will be allowed to engage in any behavior that is not in his/her best interest or in the best interest of others. Fairfax County School Board has defined the rights and responsibilities of school students in Regulation 2601.11P. This policy is used as a guide when standards of conduct are established for Fort Belvoir School students. Copies of the regulations, which govern this policy, are available in the office and on the FCPS website (http://www.fcps.edu/about/attend.htm#SRR)