Resources For Parents
Our goal is to support parents in the OSD and provide connections to what is happening within our schools and community. Below are some helpful tips for enrolling your child in school, school hour times, student attendance and opportunities for before or after-school childcare.
Enrolling in School
Children must be five years old on or before August 31 to attend kindergarten and six years of age on or before August 31 to enter first grade. New students are required to provide a birth certificate or other accepted proof of birthdate and immunization records for registration.
*In cases involving court-ordered custody of children, schools must have legal documentation (parenting plan) of restrictions to ensure compliance with court orders.
View the schools hours for special programs and regular operation hours, one-hour late starts for teacher collaboration, and early dismissal release times.
- Excused Absences: If your child is absent, notify the school office before school begins to let them know the reason of the absence and when your child will return to school. Students are asked to bring a written note signed by their parent/legal guardian upon returning.
- Unexcused Absences: If you do not communicate with the school about your child’s absence, their record will show an “unexcused absence” for that day. Unexcused absences may affect your child’s grade. Regular attendance is extremely important to student learning. Certain non-medical absences may be recorded as “unexcused” even with a note from home.
- Tardiness: Please ensure your child arrives at school on time each day. Students late to school must be signed in by or have a note from their parent/legal guardian to be admitted to class.
Before & After School Childcare
In cooperation with the South Sound YMCA, the OSD offers before and after-school childcare at each of our elementary schools. For more information, contact the YMCA at 705-2642. In addition, Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County provides after-school programs for middle school students at Jefferson Middle School from 2:30 to 6 p.m. each day. Contact Boys & Girls Clubs at 956-0755.