School Policies

Included on this page are highlights from our policies and procedures. 

Attendance Policies

As a reminder, our hours are:

School Hours: 9:15 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Tardy Procedures

Classroom instruction begins at 9:15 a.m. If a child arrives after 9:20 a.m., he/she must report to the front lobby for a tardy slip and then go directly to his or her classroom.

Early Dismissal

Early dismissals from school are discouraged. We want our students to get the most out of their education, and that means making the most of all of their instructional time. In the event that an early dismissal from school is unavoidable, parents must notify the teacher in writing.

Absence Procedures

To report an absent child, call the school office or email us using this Absence Reporting Form.

All children are expected to be in attendance each day unless they are ill or a family emergency arises. Students are expected to remain in school until 3:45 p.m. so that they may receive a full day of instruction.

Parents: Please call the school at (513) 363-6400 between 8:30 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. on any day your child will be absent. Please remember that a written note explaining the absence is required when a student returns to school. Excessive absences will be referred to the School Social Worker, and could result in being sent to school truancy court.

Bus Safety

Student behavior that distracts bus drivers is a hazard to the vehicle's safe operation, and jeopardizes the safety and welfare of all passengers. Misbehavior while on a yellow school bus or a Metro bus can result in disciplinary action for the student or the suspension of transportation service for the student. Read more about our requirements for student behavior on buses.

Cell Phone Policy

Cell phones are NOT TO BE USED DURING SCHOOL HOURS. If a cell phone is SEEN or HEARD, the phone will be taken, and will ONLY be returned to a parent/guardian. If the phone is taken a third time, the phone will remain at the school until the end of the year. Woodford is NOT responsible for lost or stolen cell phones.

Discipline

Review CPS' Code of Conduct for disciplinary procedures.

Dress Code

Students who attend Woodford are required to dress in their school uniform every day. Learn more about our school uniform policy.

Snow Days and School Delays

Snow days and school delays are announced on our website, local TV and radio stations, CPS' mobile app, and through automated phone calls. Assume school is open unless you hear otherwise. Learn more about CPS' severe weather and emergency closing procedures.

Student Handbook

The Woodford Academy Student Handbook details our policies and procedures.

Visiting During School Hours

We welcome visits from parents and guardians. However, to protect student safety, all visitors must sign in at the main office and wear a visitor's badge. Parents/guardians who would like a conference with their child's teacher must schedule an appointment with the teacher.

Please make an appointment to observe one day in advance. Too many people observing can be distracting to the children.

In the classroom, please be sure to enter quietly and sit in the space designated for you by the teacher. Do not interrupt children and staff while they are working. Wait until an appropriate break to ask the teacher any question you might have.

Remember that as an observer, you are bound by the same code of ethics as any other adult Woodford. If you would like to discuss your observation or a classroom issue with the teacher, please request a conference time or a phone call. The teachers will not be able to engage in a lengthy discussion during the school day, but are always willing to schedule another time to meet or talk.