The Caldwell-West Caldwell School District annually distributes an Early Dismissal Notification and Permission Form to all Pre-K through Grade 5 parents at the beginning of the school year. Please read the following letter which addresses the early dismissal process.
Dear Parent or Guardian:
In compliance with New Jersey State Requirements, parents and guardians will be notifited annually of the student dismissal procedures and supervisory arrangements for students at dismissal.
Any parent or legal guardian of a pupil in pre-kindergarten through grade 5, where the pupil is not eligible for district-provided transportation or is eligible and elects not to use such transportation after dismissal, may request the school not release the pupil to walk home on that specific day after dismissal unless the pupil is released to the parent, legal guardian, or escort designated by them.
In accordance with Board of Education policy, the parent or legal guardian must directly telephone their principal or supervisory staff member in advance of dismissal on that specific day. To assure that your message is received, email or letters brought to the school by your child are not acceptable means of communication to hold a student at school after dismissal time.
In the event a parent, legal guardian, or designated escort does not arrive to pick up the pupil at dismissal time, the principal or supervisory staff member will attempt to contact the parent or guardian using the district's emergency telephone call procedures.
Parents who habitually leave students at school that are to be escorted home may be reported to law enforcement and child welfare authorities.
These procedures were adopted by the Board of Education to be in compliance with legal requirements and to protect your child during any unusual circumstances.