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  • According to state law, school attendance is mandatory for children.
  • Students will be excused for the following absences and tardies; a doctor/dental appointment, death in the family, religious commitment, illness, family emergency, or diagnostic testing.
  • A doctor's note will be required for absences longer than three consecutive days or when a pattern of absences.
  • Family vacations are unexcused absences.
  • Students with no unexcused absences or tardies will receive monthly attendance certificates.
  • Review the Handbook and the APS Attendance Policy for more information.

Late Students

  1. Be escorted to the office by a parent guardian.
  2. Check in at the office to receive a tardy slip.
  3. Return the tardy slip to the classroom teacher.

Picking Students Up Early

  • Students may be released to designated adults during school hours.
  • Adults are required to show photo identification.
  • Children will not be released during the school day to walk home alone.

Cell Phones Or Other Electronic Devices

Students while on Emerson’s school grounds may not use cell phones or other electronic devices during school hours. If brought to school, items must be in the off position. If a student takes one out into view of a staff member the student will be reminded to put the cell phone or electronic device away. If the student takes out the cell phone again, the item will be taken and stored in the office to be picked up by parent/guardian. If a cell phone or other electronic device is lost or stolen the school will not investigate or be responsible.

Dress Code - Uniform Policy

The dress code is designed to promote a positive, safe, and healthy learning environment. Please check with the administration if you are in doubt about an item not listed here. Students who are out of compliance will call to inform parents/families of the dress code violation. The responsibility to interpret and enforce the dress code policy rests with the school principal and/or assistant principal (per APS Student Behavior Handbook).

As a general rule, clothing that is shredded, excessively tight or revealing, oversized or sagging, gang-related or contains inappropriate messages or symbols is unacceptable.

Pants, Shorts, Dresses & Skirts

  • In Solid Colors Only
  • Shorts, Pants or Jeans may be worn - fitted at the waist with a belt if needed.
  • Belts may not hang down more than 2 inches past the first belt loop
  • No wide legs or sports shorts
  • No dropped crotch or saggy/baggy pants
  • No bedazzled, decorated or ripped-look pants or jeans
  • Shorts, skirts and dresses no shorter than the end of the middle fingertip when the arms are down
  • Leggings (no nude colors) may be worn under pants, shorts, skirts or dresses


  • Solid or Striped Collared Shirts (polo or dress shirt style)
  • All colors are acceptable.
  • Only EMERSON-issued t-shirts
  • No sleeveless shirts
  • No transparent or sheer materials
  • No inappropriate graphics/logos

Sweatshirts (Hooded and Non-Hooded) & Sweaters

  • No inappropriate designs, words, graphics/logos
  • Clothing under jackets and sweatshirts must be in compliance with the EES Uniform Policy

Coats and Jackets

  • No inappropriate designs, words, graphics/logos
  • Clothing under coats and jackets must be in compliance with the EES Uniform Policy

Caps and Hats

  • Caps and hats may be worn outside only for shade or warmth
  • No inappropriate designs, words, graphics/logos


  • Closed toed shoes only
  • Sneakers are encouraged, mandatory on days when Physical Education is scheduled

Do Not Wear List

Please do not wear any of the following:

  • No bandanas, chains, hairnets, spiked jewelry, or sunglasses
  • Hoodies of hooded sweatshirts cannot be worn on the head inside the building
  • No writing on skin or clothing
  • Shirts should be no longer than fingertip length
  • Undergarments are not to be shown at any time
  • Shoes/Sandals must be worn at all times (house slippers are not allowed)
  • No spaghetti strap or muscle shirts

Pick Up And Drop Off Zones

Drop Off and Pick Up Lane

Vehicles must use the student drop off/pick up lane. It is a One Way lane. Enter on Kentucky and exit on Southern.

Vehicles must pull to the curb on the right-hand side of the lane. Students must exit right to the curb and not in the traffic lane.

The adults do not exit the vehicle in the drop off/pick up lane to help children exit the car, walk children to the sidewalk, or to the school.

Once your children have left or entered your car your vehicle may leave the curb and go forward and exit on Southern. Pay attention to the school staff members who are directing traffic for the safety of all Emerson children.

Parking Lot

If you choose to park your vehicle, you may park in the parent parking lot that enters and exits on Southern St. No children will be allowed to walk unsupervised to or from your parked vehicle. Parents must walk children to and from the school building.

Children may not be dropped off or picked up from the west side of Georgia St. If you are picking up a student in your car, you must use the official pick-up/ drop-off zones as described above.

Handbook Contents

Inside this handbook:

  • Phone Numbers
  • Daily Schedule
  • Emerson ES is proud to be a Community School
  • Abbreviated Day
  • Attendance
    • APS Attendance Policy
  • Behavior Expectations
  • Breakfast Before the Bell
  • Bullying Prevention Plan
  • Cafeteria
  • Cell Phones or other Electronic Devices
  • Cancellation of School
  • Classroom Change Request
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Conferences
  • Counselor
  • Discipline Plan-School Wide
  • Discrimination and Harassment
  • Dress Code - Uniform Policy
  • Dual Language Education
  • Early Dismissal
  • Family Resource Room
  • K3+ and Summer Learning
  • Illness/Accidents
  • Legal/Custody Issues
  • Lost and Found
  • Medication
  • Parent Expectations
  • Parent Teacher Organization (PTA)
  • Pets: Family
  • Pre-Kindergarten Program
  • Redistribution Policy
  • Registration/Enrollment
  • School Safety
  • School Wellness Policy
  • Snacks
  • Student Assistance Team (SAT)
  • Student Pick Up and Drop Off Zones
    • Drop Off and Pick Up Lane
    • Parking Lot
  • Student Supplies
  • Textbooks and Library Books
  • Toys
  • Transfers from Emerson
  • Visitors and Volunteers
  • Weapons Policy