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Frequently
Asked Questions

Still have questions? If you haven’t had a chance to read the student handbook, we have compiled a list of the questions most commonly asked by parents of Sheffield Elementary School students. If you have any additional questions, feel free to contact us.



What is the protocol if my child must be absent from school?

If your child must miss a day of school, we ask that a parent/guardian call the school and let us know. When your child is ready to return to class, we require a note explaining the absence. If your child is gone for an extended medical absence of three days or more, we require a note from the doctor.


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What rules should my child be aware of when riding the bus?

In order to keep our students safe when riding to school on the bus, we ask that they adhere to these rules:

  • Have safe and responsible conduct at the bus stop.
  • Remain seated in the same seat throughout the entire bus ride.
  • Use only respectful words and a quiet “indoor” voice.
  • Be respectful toward the driver and immediately follow all of the driver’s directions without making comments, asking questions, or arguing.
  • Do not use electronic devices or cell phones on the bus ride.

Please review these safety rules with your children often. We want to make sure our students are safe riding to and from school each day.


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Does the school provide breakfast for students?

Yes, we sure do! The school provides free breakfast to all students each school day at 8:00 a.m.


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How and when do I pay for my child’s lunch?

We offer free lunch each day to all students.


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What happens if my child gets sick at school?

The health of your child is very important to us. That is why we have a nurse on staff to assess your child’s illnesses (headache, stomach, fever, vomiting, diarrhea). They will evaluate your child’s condition, and if necessary, stay with your child until we can reach you or another family member. 


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How do I volunteer at Sheffield Elementary School?

We welcome and encourage your participation in our educational community. You can participate in a variety of organizations, including the Sheffield Parent-Teacher Organization. If you are looking for a more hands-on approach in the classroom, then apply to be a volunteer in your little one’s classroom, assisting teachers with projects and activities or accompanying classes on field trips. Just make sure and fill out a CORI request, found in the front office, before volunteering in any capacity.


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How often are report cards distributed?

To keep you updated on your child’s progress, we will distribute report cards three times throughout the year.


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What’s the best way to communicate with my child’s teacher?

Parent-teacher conferences, scheduled twice a year, are a great time for you to check in on your child’s progress. These opportunities to meet face-to-face are invaluable, and we strongly encourage parents to attend during both sessions. We hold conferences on half days during two afternoons and an occasional evening session. Please make all possible efforts to attend the conference. If you must cancel or find a need to reschedule, please contact the teacher as soon as possible. If there is a problem that needs to be resolved right away, do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher directly.  


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Is there a dress code at Sheffield Elementary School?

Please refer to the student handbook, found in the quick links section of the Home page for the complete dress code. Here are a few important things to remember when dressing your child for school:

  • We ask all students of Sheffield Elementary School to come to school each day with adequate clothing to keep him/her warm and dry all day. Outerwear should be sufficient to outdoor play—recess is outside whenever possible.
  • Monitor the clothing that your child wears to school. It is important to create a learning environment that is comfortable, safe, clean, and not distracting to others.
  • All students should dress in a manner that does not violate codes of respect, health, and safety.
  • We expect our students to look neat, clean, and orderly in their appearance on campus.
  • We ask students to respect the sensibilities of others in the community in their choice of T-shirts with written or symbolic messages. We prohibit any clothing with offensive pictures/statements or that promote drugs/alcohol/tobacco.
  • Students may not wear hats, hoods, and other forms of headgear in the school building at any time (excluding religious reasons). A headband worn on the top of the head to keep hair back is permissible.
  • Students should wear clothing that properly fits and covers all undergarments. We do not allow any over-exposure of the body by clothing like low-cut shirts, exposed backs, and spaghetti strap tank tops. If sleeveless shirts are worn at school, shoulder straps must be at least three fingers wide of the wearer. Students should wear tops and bottoms that meet, even when their arms are raised. When students are wearing shorts/dresses/skirts, be sure that they are of a respectful length. The clothing must extend to the fingertips of the outstretched arm of the wearer.

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