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 8:10 a.m. to 2:55 p.m.
Pick-Up and Drop-Off Procedures
Please note the following drop-off and pick-up procedures to help ensure student safety.
A new, solar-powered red light has been installed at the elementary entrance. When the red light is lit, from approximately 7:30 to 7:55 a.m. in the morning and from about 2:35 to 3 p.m. in the afternoon, parents/guardians may not enter the parking lot. (Please note that school staff may enter during these times to fulfill their professional obligations.)
As buses enter the school parking lot in the morning, they will pull up to the main entrance and unload their students.
Only unload your child when your vehicle is pulled up next to the curb in front of the main entrance sidewalk. As always, children must exit the car on the sidewalk side. Two cones will be placed on the sidewalk: one at the front entrance, the other near the kindergarten entrance. Vehicles between the cones may unload at the same time.
Under NO circumstances are parents to pass a school bus while waiting in the drop off line, even when there are no flashing lights.
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.
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.