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Sample Enrollment Procedure

What you need to know before your child starts at Stow Creek Township School

Stow Creek Township School welcomes you to our community. We hope to make the enrollment process as easy as possible for both students and parents, and are available to answer all of your questions. To find out more about our school enrollment deadlines, please contact us.

Parents & guardians can pick up enrollment packets at the school or please email us (links to contact us page or email form) to inquire if an electronic version is available.  For more information, please call 8564551717 or visit our front office during school hours.

Please take the time to review your completed registration packet with our office staff and bring original documents for photocopying.

Kindergarten registration is due early so the school can plan effectively for the upcoming school year.  Keep in mind that school offices will be closed or open on a very limited basis for summer. Parents are encouraged to submit their registration as soon as possible to avoid delays.

Parents who do not know their school attendance zone should visit the Stow Creek Township School District website at or call 8564551717.

Sample School Attendance Procedure

ATTENDANCE AND ABSENCES: Your child's attendance patterns often have a direct link with achievement. Frequent absences hurt academic performance.

TARDINESS is a serious detriment to each child's and each classroom's success. When a child is tardy, it prevents him/her from benefit of the most important part of a school day when the day's work is outlined. Tardiness is a serious distraction for the teacher and students who are punctual, because it detracts from the progress of the class. Although excessive tardiness is when a child is late in excess of 30 minutes, the habitual tardiness of 5 to 10 minutes is equally detrimental. This is typically the parents' responsibility. Please assist your child to learn the valuable lesson of personal responsibility by setting the example for punctuality. It is a most valuable life skill.

PLANNED ABSENCES: If your child must be absent from school for more than a few days, please contact the school office for steps necessary that will keep absences from being unexcused. There are ways for your child to have appropriate academic activities during a school absence, but it is in no way a substitute for school attendance. Please contact you child's teacher before the planned absence to have work prepared.

EARLY DISMISSAL: If a child needs to be taken out of school before the regular dismissal please check with the school office for the correct procedure.

Sample Homework Procedures

These guidelines for a homework policy are to help clarify general expectations for students, parents, and teachers.

Homework is an important part of each child's educational program. It provides a means of teaching necessary skills of independent study and learning outside the classroom. It helps to promote good study habits and encourages students to share classroom experiences with parents.

Other reasons for homework:

  • To build interest in reading and learning.
  • To increase learning.
  • To establish self-discipline and independent study skills.
  • To encourage parent awareness of student learning.
  • To make up work due to an absence.
  • To provide an opportunity to pursue special interest of ability areas.
  • To complete work started in class.
  • To expand and/or enrich regular class work.

The following time chart suggests a minimum amount of time children should spend on homework, daily, Monday-Thursday:

10-15 minutes
Grades 1-3
15-30 minutes
Grades 4-6
40-60 minutes

It is important to develop good study habits at school and at home.

  • Be sure you understand the assignment, and ask your teacher if you need help understanding the assignment.
  • Set aside a regular time to do homework.
  • Study in a quiet place.
  • Complete your work and hand it in when it is due.
  • Do your best on each assignment.

For Parents

Parents can support a child's interest in lifelong learning by providing an environment at home in which homework is a high priority:

  • Provide a quiet, well-lighted place for the student to do homework.
  • Help the student budget time so that a regular schedule for study is set up. Take an active interest in what the student is doing at school. Ask for an explanation of a particular assignment. Make constructive suggestions, but avoid severe criticism and undue pressure. A positive attitude by parents will encourage the student to do the best work possible.
  • Encourage and guide your child with assigned homework. Under no circumstances should you actually do the work for your child.
  • Regular school attendance is important for your child's continued academic growth.
  • Consult your child's teacher as soon as problems arise.
  • Let your child take full responsibility for doing his/her homework and getting it to school on time, including accepting the consequences of not getting it to school on time. Don't bail your child out!

Sample School Communication Procedure

CONTACTING YOUR CHILD: In order to protect the integrity of the learning environment, we ask that you not go directly to your child's class to deliver a message. If it becomes necessary to deliver a message to you child during the school day, please call 8564551717 or come by the school office. Please make arrangements for lunch, car pools, babysitting, etc., with your child BEFORE s/he leaves for school in the morning. In the event of an emergency or change of plans, the office staff will relay messages to your child's teacher. Please do not ask the office staff to contact your child or interrupt a class for messages that are not critical.

FORGOTTEN LUNCHES/HOMEWORK: Lunches and homework brought to school by parents should be left at the school office and office staff will contact your child to get his/her lunch or homework. Please do NOT interrupt the smooth process of class to deliver a forgotten lunch or homework. Children will not be allowed to use the phone to ask parents to bring forgotten homework. Learning to take responsibility for getting homework to school is an important part of your child's growth. It is important for children to take personal responsibility and shoulder the consequences if need be.

STUDENT USE OF THE PHONE: The school phone is to be used for business and emergency purposes only. It is available for use only with permission of the teacher or office personnel. Students will not be allowed to use the phone for such reasons as asking permission to visit a friend, staying for a recreational program, etc. These arrangements should be made beforehand.

SCHOOL TO HOME COMMUNICATION: Classroom teachers have regular communication, which comes home with the students. Please check your child's backpack for newsletters and other school communication on a regular basis.

Sample Parent Teacher Conferences & Student Progress Reporting Procedure

REPORTING STUDENT PROGRESS: Home/school communication is extremely important, particularly in regard to student performance. Teachers and parents share joint responsibility for this communication.

The formal reporting procedure includes:

  1. Back to School Night: This is an evening set aside for parents to familiarize themselves with their child's classroom and school. Classrooms are open to explain the curriculum that will be undertaken by the students during the school year. Grade level expectations, classroom expectations, classroom daily schedule, discipline and homework policies will be discussed.
  2. Periodic conferences will be scheduled for parents of each child. This is a very important opportunity for you to discuss your child's academic and social growth with the teacher. If the scheduled time is inconvenient for you, please contact the school to reschedule.
  3. A report card will be issued periodically. Conferences for selected students may be scheduled as necessary.

Informal reporting may take place any time. Please check with the teacher any time you have questions or concerns. It may save time if you call to make an appointment with the teacher ahead of time. 

Sample School Complaint Procedure

Individuals, agencies, organizations, students, and interested third parties have the right to file a complaint regarding a public education agency's alleged violation of federal and state law including allegations of unlawful discrimination in specified programs and activities that receive state or federal funding. Such complaints include allegations that the local educational agency has failed to implement a student's individual education program (IEP). Complaints must be filed in writing with the appropriate compliance officer identified below. Complaints alleging discrimination must be filed not later than six months from the date the alleged discrimination occurred or the date the complainant first obtained knowledge of the facts of the alleged discrimination, unless the time for filing is extended by the Superintendent of Public Instruction.

In accordance with adopted procedures, complaints will be investigated and a written decision sent to the complainant within sixty (60) days. If the complainant is not satisfied with the local educational agency's decision, the complainant may file within fifteen (15) days of receipt of the decision a written appeal with the State Department of Education. A copy of the local educational agency's policy and complaint procedures may be obtained through the superintendent's office.

Complainants also may pursue available civil law remedies, including, but not limited to, injunctions, restraining orders, or other orders in federal or state courts. Further information about such remedies may be available through public or private interest attorneys, the Cumberland County Lawyer Referral Service, Legal Aide Society, a mediator, or dispute resolution service.

For complaints concerning: Adult Education, Child Development, National School Lunch program, Consolidated Categorical Aide, Migrant Education, Special Education, Vocational Education.

Contact the School for additional Information

11 Gum Tree Corner Road
Bridgeton, NJ 08302-8951

Telephone: 8564551717

Sample Exclusion from School Procedure

New Jersey State law requires that children be excluded from school for the following reasons:

  1. Contagious health problem.
  2. Lack of immunizations except when having a waiver.
  3. Children with head lice will be excluded from school until the hair has been treated and ALL of the eggs (nits) have been removed.

Sample Weather Days & School Closures Procedures

During extreme weather conditions, please check your local radio station or television news channel for announcements of school closures.

Para nuestras familias que hablan espanol: En caso de emergencia, por favor ponga su radio en una de estas estaciones para recibir un mensaje reference a las escuelas de su ciudad.