Duanesburg Elementary School is home to nearly 400 students in kindergarten through sixth grade. The dynamic teaching staff and support personnel work closely to provide high-quality instruction to all students. Volunteers are encouraged and help make Duanesburg Elementary School a special, supportive place to learn and grow.
The district has offered a full-day kindergarten program since 2008, providing students with more time to build a strong foundation in basics—reading, writing, math, science, social studies and the arts. It also affords students the opportunity to use technology and build their social and emotional skills during recess, lunch and playtime.
There is a strong emphasis on addressing each students’ needs academically, socially and emotionally through Differentiated Instruction and Response to Intervention (RtI).
Community service and education go hand in hand. Each year, students, staff and community members work together to help those who are less fortunate through a range of activities and events.
School is in session from 8:25 a.m. to 2:55 p.m. Buses start arriving on the circle in the morning around 7:50 a.m. The buses park in the circle and unload students as a group. The buses typically leave the circle between 8:05 and 8:10 a.m.
Pick-Up and Drop-Off Procedures
The safety of our students is paramount. The bus circle in front of our school is a one-way lane. Parents must not enter the circle when the red light is on and buses are present in the circle and parking lot.
Parents who are dropping off their children must wait until all buses have left the school parking lot.
Please note the following drop-off and pick-up procedures, effective September 2018, to further ensure student safety. Each family providing transportation to and from school on a regular basis (one day or all five) will be assigned a number. Parents are asked to display that number in their car window during parent pickup time. Their children will have a corresponding number attached to their backpacks.
When a parent arrives to pick up their child, staff will call for their child to come outside the school. Parents who occasionally need to pick up their children after school will line up outside and their child will be called to go to them. Parents who pick up during school hours need to sign out their child at the main office.
When parents drop off their children in the morning, bus duty staff stationed on the sidewalk will call up the cars five at time, have the students exit the cars onto the sidewalk and then have the parents pull away. Any student arriving after 8:20 a.m. must be escorted into the building as they will be considered late.
At the end of the day, students are released by a bell at 2:55 p.m. Parent pickup is after the buses. They must wait until the red light is off and all the buses have left the parking lot before entering the circle.
School safety is a high priority. All visitors must ring the bell outside the main entrance to enter the building. Any student who is late to school must be accompanied by a parent/guardian to the main office for a late sign in.
All visitors must enter through the main door. All classroom helpers/volunteers will be included on a list in the main office provided by teachers and staff. Unannounced visitors may be given entry to the office but not the school.
Signing out a sick child
Parents must report to the main office, sign-in, and prepare a bus slip or present the pre-assigned purple pass to the attendance clerk, Mrs. Boyd.
Office staff will call the nurse’s office to have the child walk or be walked to the main office.
- All absences need to have a written excuse from a parent/guardian.
Safety drills are routine and important
Fire drills, lockdown drills, go-home-early drills: all are a routine but important part of keeping students and staff prepared and our school safe. Practicing for emergencies is key. A set number of drills is required by the state, and drills are held throughout the year, not announced ahead of time and coordinated with local fire, emergency and law enforcement agencies.